What’s The Auto Transport Bill of Lading? (SUPER auto transport tip!)

Auto transport bill of lading Ohhh yay, more paperwork… said no one.

But believe us, this is an important document for auto transport that you’ll want to make sure you have.

So if you’re really down to know about one of the essential things you need to know about your car transport, keep reading.

What’s the Bill of Lading Car Transport?

It’s not gonna be another receipt you throw away… in fact, this will save you drama for whenever you need to have your proof of the transport.

Apart from being a receipt, it’s a contract between the parties involved in the transport.

If you’re the kind of person who throws out receipts, make sure you don’t do that with your contracts… ever!

woman with invoice- but it's supposed to be a bill of lading, no royalty free pic with that, well you can't see it anyway.

What does an Auto Transport Bill of Lading look like?

Essentially, it shows the name of the carrier, pickup and delivery information which includes the locations, contacts for each (pickup/delivery) to sign & the dates, the driver, the vehicle information, and space to mention the conditions of the vehicle before pickup and after car delivery.

The Types of Auto Transport Bills of Lading

When shipping cars, there are four types of bills of lading: inland, ocean, through, and air waybill. The first two are self-evident.
An inland BOL is used for land shipments, whereas an ocean BOL is used for maritime shipments.

Shipments that are trucked to the port and then sent overseas will require both inland and an ocean Bill of Lading. The through BoL is for any export transportation, and the air waybill BoL is for any goods being carried by aircraft.
For exports to foreign countries, a via BoL is usually used.

Who issues the auto transport bill of lading?

The driver/carrier company

Why do I need proof of transport?

You’ll want to know who did your car shipping, and the conditions of the vehicle before pick up and after delivery.

Any major expense that you’ve had for your vehicle should be kept, it’s a silent but important rule (think: tax deductions, budgeting, in rare cases for any changes or damages, etc).

SUPER tip.

Do NOT sign the BOL nor accept the vehicle if there are any discrepancies!

Be sure to read the BOL before you sign it to ensure that the details are accurate. If not, call the company you booked with ASAP.

… Request it!

Many carriers are now using the electronic bill of ladings for it to be emailed to you upon pickup and delivery!

This is especially important when you’re receiving your vehicle upon delivery. If you’re not sure what to do upon delivery either, we got you covered right here.

Got more questions that need answering? Call us now!

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Victoria Ruiz

A wanderer at heart, Victoria keeps taking her RAM 1500 to new places. She has been working in the auto transport industry for 7+ years. As an evangelist for Auto Star Transport (and as a friend who transports her vehicle), Victoria loves helping Auto Star Transport customers with help guides and insights. She is nowhere to be found when she is not in the office.
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Edward Larrivee

Edward knows everything about car carriers. He helps AutoStar Transport Express customers learn the auto shipping industry and process and writes about car carriers, auto shipping, car transit, and things you need to know for a great car shipping experience. Edward spends his free time watching and playing basketball.
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