Posted on 09/06/22

What Does The Bill Of Lading Have To Do With My Car Shipment

What Does The Bill Of Lading Have To Do With My Car Shipment

You should be familiar with all the documents you will need to exchange with your auto transporter when you get ready to ship your car. The Bill of Lading is one of these documents. The Bill of Lading is a legal contract between the owner of your vehicle and the auto shipping company. Both the vehicle owner and the driver who will be receiving the shipment must sign the Bill of Lading upon pickup and delivery. Both parties should receive a copy of the Bill of Lading. Let's take a look at the Bill of Lading, and how it plays in auto shipping.

What are the contents of the Bill of Lading?

Information about car shipping company:

The BOL's first section contains information about the auto shipping company. This includes the name, legal address, and contact number. It also details the driver who will be transporting your vehicle.

General information about vehicles:

You will also find general information such as the make, model and color of your vehicle in the BOL. This information is necessary to ensure that the correct vehicle is being transported.


Before your vehicle is loaded onto a carrier, you and the driver will inspect it and note any damage or dents. The reading of the odometer will also be recorded as required by federal law. The same inspection will take place at pickup and delivery.

Delivery and Pickup Information:

BOLs also serve as dispatch sheets and show the date, time, and location of pickup and delivery. It also contains contact information for the person who will be dropping off or picking up the vehicle.

Terms & Conditions:

The BOL will also include specific terms and conditions that have been agreed to by the owner and the transport company. It will contain payment information, insurance information, and any other special requirements. This includes payment clauses, such as acceptable forms of payment and advance payments, as well as actions that could cause penalties.

The Bill of Lading, which serves as a legal contract between shipper and shipping company, is an important document. Before proceeding with auto shipping, you and your driver must sign the Bill of Lading. You are agreeing to the entire contents of this document by signing it. To avoid any confusion, please carefully read the BOL.