Your Bill of Lading: Everything you need to know

Your automobile will undergo an inspection before shipping, where any damages will be noted on the Bill of Lading. The BOL also includes the terms and services included in your contract with DIY Transport, and a dispatch report.

For your own protection, and to know what to expect from your auto transport service, it’s important that you understand the Bill of Lading.

First, you should know that the BOL is essentially a receipt as well as an  inspection report and a way that you can record any damage suffered in transit. If you’ve never shipped a vehicle across a state line before, the following may help you understand the sections of the BOL:

  • The header of your Bill of Lading includes the transport company’s name (DIY Transport) and contact information, as well as your order number, the date, and the name of your driver.


  • Pickup and delivery specifics will follow, including your dispatch information which includes the exact address where your vehicle is being picked up as well as where it will be delivered.


  • The results of an inspection of your automobile, which will take place at the time of pickup and before shipping. And any damages will be noted here for your information. The vehicle will be inspeced again upon delivery, and any new damages that are seen will be noted on your Bill of Lading. DIY Transport drivers are required by law to inspect your vehicle and must report any damage, including dings, dents, and scratches as well as any major damage.


  • Terms and conditions of your contract are included in the Bill of Lading, and it’s important to read them closely as they contain the guidelines for both the broker and carrier.  You’ll need to understand exactly what’s expected from you as well as what you can expect from Your DIY Transport/carrier team.


  • Your signature and that of the driver will be at the end of the Bill of Lading; they will confirm that both you and the driver have read and agreed to the terms of the document. Ask any questions you may have about the Bill of Lading before you sign it. Once the document is signed, it’s understood that you agree to everything in it! Check it out.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your Bill of Lading, DIY Transport is happy to help. Contact us today at 800-266-2202 for assistance on your Bill of Lading, or with any other general inquiries that you may have.