Why Video BOLs are the best option for your vehicle’s transport

Person takes a video of vehicle damage for a video BOL

Why Video BOLs are the best option for your vehicle’s transport

A bill of lading (BOL) is a detailed document issued by a carrier to a shipper providing information on the destination, quantity, and type of the goods being carried. Unlike traditional BOLs that resemble a printed invoice or receipt, Autosled uses picture and video BOLs. 

Autosled’s video BOL is the first of its kind. With no physical paperwork required, it provides video documentation uploaded by transporters within the Autosled platform. Haulers show a 360-degree view of the vehicle and talk through the condition of the car being shipped, noting any flaws. Transporters then directly upload BOLs into Autosled’s app, where they can be viewed in real-time by the vehicle owner (dealer or retail consumer). 

Physical bill of lading paperwork

Transparent and Descriptive

Pictures and videos provide first-hand experience of the subject. Instead of reading about the vehicle’s condition, automotive dealers and individual vehicle owners can see the current state of each car, truck, or motorcycle themselves. If there’s any damage (either prior to shipping or during the journey) the video BOL shows where the damage is and the level of severity. Damages cannot be concealed or overlooked in video BOLs.

Person showing vehicle damage with a video BOL

Transporters are able to provide additional detail and commentary while creating a video BOL as well. This information is not captured by BOL printouts. Autosled’s video BOLs provide transparency between transporters and vehicle owners throughout the shipment process.

Real-Time

Video and photo BOLs also create unique timestamps that cannot be duplicated with paper BOLs. For example, if a vehicle is damaged sometime during transport, the time frame can be pinpointed based on the pickup and dropoff BOLs. It also helps to determine who is liable for the damage. If damage is noted upon pickup, for example, and no new damage is recorded at dropoff, then the transporter wouldn’t be liable. 

Besides the timestamps for video and photo BOLs, Autosled also provides real-time GPS tracking so customers can follow their vehicles from pickup to drop off. Instead of having a vague timeline of a vehicle’s delivery- usually stretching over multiple days, Autosled’s customers can determine the dropoff down to the hour! 

GPS tracking of a vehicle load

Autosled’s network of transporters is vetted and insured so vehicle owners can rest knowing that their cars and trucks are in good hands.  

Besides being convenient for Transporters, video and photo BOLs are ideal for dealers and retail consumers. These BOLs are descriptive, real-time, transparent, and much easier to keep track of because all of the detail is found in one place. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, digital BOLs protect dealers and consumers against vehicle damage and ensure the appropriate person is liable for the vehicle’s condition. Not using video or photo BOLs yet? Then it’s time to check out Autosled’s video BOL! Register your account to get started today.