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Understanding Your Bill of Lading

Updated: Jan 15

An essential legal document called a bill of lading combines an inspection report, a

receipt, terms and conditions, and a dispatch report. You must comprehend every

clause in it, especially if you have never delivered a vehicle before, as it protects

both the consumer and the carrier.

The components of a Bill of Lading are the same, regardless of the layout. The

following are the typical sections that should be present in a valid bill of lading.


The only information provided in this area is the date, the firm name, an order

number, and the driver's name.

Delivery and Pickup Information

This area will display the pickup and delivery addresses, so double check that they

are accurate! The pickup and delivery contacts information will also be included.

Vehicle Specifics

Everything necessary for identifying the vehicle is included in this section. Along with

the VIN, it could also provide the vehicle's manufacturer, model, year, and color

(Vehicle Identification Number). The current distance, if it is large, and any other

information thought relevant are all examples of additional information that may be


Keep in mind that not all carriers demand the same information, but you should

make sure the information is documented completely for your protection.

Automobile Situation

The vehicle gets inspected at this point, which is crucial because you want it to be in

the same condition when it is delivered. You should make a note of any recent

damage, such as dents and scratches, and offer a true description of your car.

Federal law mandates that auto transport drivers check automobiles at both the

pickup and delivery locations.

Conditions & Terms

These terms and conditions are those of the carrier and may not be the same as any

that you would have seen if you had made your reservation through a brokerage.

Read them attentively to make sure you comprehend and agree with what they have

to say. In the event of a disagreement, this could save you a lot of grief in the future.


Both at pick-up and delivery, signatures are necessary. Your signature upon pickup

confirms that you have read and comprehended the Bill of Lading. The document will

also be signed by the driver. If there are any parts of the document that are

incomplete or wrong, or if you do not agree with what it says, do not sign it.

If you are not satisfied and have not signed the Bill of Lading, your automobile will

not be placed onto the truck.

American Carship Inc.

555 North Point Center E Suite 400, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA

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