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Car Hauler Inspection Reports

Car Hauler Inspection Reports
Car Hauler Inspection Reports

What is the Inspection Reports for Car Hauler?

A car hauler inspection report refers to a comprehensive document stating findings of an inspection of the car being transported. This comprehensive report is included in the bill of lading/ BOL. A BOL, on the other hand, is a document offered to a client by a transporting company as an acknowledgment of the cargo. It acts as the receipt of the transaction carried out. In this case, the car hauling/transportation.

Every car transporting company including A-1 Auto Transport Inc. is required to perform a comprehensive car inspection at first contact with the car being hauled to a certain destination.  The car hauler inspection report is specifically called like that as the inspection itself is undertaken by a car hauler. In most cases, the transport driver is the designated personnel as he is the one that gets into contact with the vehicle.

The inspection is done in a thorough manner, ensuring everything from the paint job to the wheel caps are accounted for. Any damage found, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, is taken into account. This also includes the tire pressure.

Traditionally, the car hauler inspection report has been paper based. It used to be a couple of sheets with an illustrative drawing of a vehicle facing front, left, right and back. The driver would carry out a thorough inspection of the vehicle, circling on the sheet the areas that are damaged. Thanks to advanced technology, we today have digital cameras and other portable optic data capturing devices. Such devices are used to take records of detail on a digital BOL. This has opened up doors to more accuracy as photos of the car’s pre-transport condition can be compared with the post-transport one. A-1 auto transport drivers always perform a thorough digital BOL before transporting your vehicle.

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Of what importance is a car hauler inspection report?

It provides a clear outlook of the pre-transport condition of the vehicle to both the owner and the car hauling company. This is of primal importance as every nook and corner of the vehicle is inspected for scratches, cracks, dents or any other damages are known in detail by both the car owner and the car hauler representative. The findings of the car hauler report can be compared to the destination and any claim of damage by the car owner can be settled.

Car hauling companies specifically carry out this car hauler inspection to protect themselves from having to pay for damages not incurred during the transportation. In most cases, the driver is the first person to be blamed for any damages that the car owner claims was inflicted on the car. If the driver cannot present proof that the damage was not caused when the vehicle was in his custody, then the auto transport firm is legally bound to pay the quoted damages.

How to conduct the perfect car hauler inspection.

  1. Take photos

Utilizing the digital resources available to present the most accurate representation of the vehicle’s condition can be all the arsenal you need to protect your car hauling company. Although smartphones have quite impressive cameras, a good professional camera is recommended. This is because capturing the very minute details like a scratch on the paint job can be difficult owing to the reflective surface of the vehicle. Also, it is recommended to take photos from different angles including close-ups to provide you with a 3D-like look of the extent of the damage found prior to the transportation.

  1. Accurately record and mark the damages

Simply marking all the damages without keeping in mind the accuracy and relevance will not just cut it. You need to go into detail to ensure the most accurate representation of the vehicle’s pre-transport conditions. The driver doing the car hauler inspection needs to know the difference between a scratch, a dent, a crack and a chip. The slightest misrepresentation of the condition could lead the auto transport company losing a case in court incase it is sued for damages. A-1 auto transport drivers and personnel are professional and are well educated on the definitions.

  1. Get a signatory

It is advised that a neutral party, sometimes even a stranger of sound mind, counter checks the car hauler’s inspection report with the actual car to verify that the findings are correct and truthful. This is important in the event of disagreements between the car owner and the auto transport company.

  1. Accurately fill out all required documents

Findings of the car inspection report should be duplicated on other relevant forms filled out such as the gate-pass documents to a terminal such as a harbor. The consistency of the findings on multiple documents builds your case.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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