Other important factors:
2. Fuel level:
Performing a vehicle inspection is a critical step to be taken both before and after transportation. This inspection is needed to identify any pre-existing damage and to ensure a seamless process in case of any issues during transit. A comprehensive inspection should cover the following areas:
1. Exterior damage: This involves documenting and photographing any noticeable scratches, dents, or paint chips on the vehicle body before transportation.
2. Interior condition: The interior of the vehicle should be inspected for any visible damage, including rips or stains on the upholstery, cracks on the dashboard, or scratches on the console.
3. Mechanical issues: The vehicle's mechanical systems should be checked for any malfunctions, including engine, transmission, brakes, and suspension.
4. Electrical systems: Lights, signals, and other electrical components should be tested to ensure they are functioning correctly.
5. Tires and wheels: The condition of the tires and wheels should be checked, including the tire pressure, tread depth, and any visible damage.
There are other important factors to consider when inspecting a vehicle before and after transportation, they are usually inspected by the driver but it’s good to keep in mind. These factors include:
1. Fluid levels: The levels of essential fluids, including engine oil, brake fluid, and coolant, should be checked to ensure that they are at the proper levels.
2. Fuel level: The fuel level should be checked before transportation, and the tank should be less than half full to reduce the weight of the vehicle and prevent fuel from sloshing during transit.
3. Alarm systems: If the vehicle has an alarm system, it should be tested to ensure that it is functioning correctly.
4. Special requirements: If the vehicle has any special requirements, such as a convertible top or custom parts, these should be inspected and documented before transportation.
By having a thorough inspection before transportation, you can make sure that any concerns are documented and resolved before the vehicle is shipped. Similarly, after transportation, it is essential to conduct another inspection to ensure that the vehicle has not sustained any damage during transit. It is also important to mention the damages on the BOL before signing. This will help you file a successful claim with the transport company if necessary and ensure that any issues are addressed promptly.