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 5 Essential Vehicle Inspection Key Points During Shipping

 5 Essential Vehicle Inspection Key Points During Shipping

Carrying out vehicle inspections during shipping is paramount to prevent potential risks and damages to both the staff and the equipment on board the vessel. Damage can occur at each step of the shipping process for various reasons. Proper inspection protocols are vital to mitigate these risks and maintain the vehicle’s condition. Below shows each stage of the shipping process from manufacturer to storage/dealership.

vehicle inspection diagram showing each step on the process

Exterior Inspection

Before shipping your vehicle, it’s crucial to thoroughly examine its exterior. Check for visible damages such as scratches, dents, or paint chips. Inspect headlights, taillights, mirrors, and other external components for damage or loose fittings. Pay special attention to tire condition, ensuring proper inflation and adequate tread depth. Addressing these issues before shipping can help prevent further damage during transit.

Interior Inspection

Don’t overlook the importance of inspecting the vehicle’s interior before shipping. Check for damages or signs of wear and tear, including seats, dashboard, and flooring. Ensure all interior components such as air conditioning and lights function properly. It’s also advisable to remove any personal belongings to prevent damage during transit and to comply with shipping regulations.

Mechanical Inspection

A comprehensive mechanical inspection is essential before shipping your vehicle. Check the battery level, especially for electric vehicles, which should ideally have a charge of no more than 50% to comply with safety regulations. If possible, test drive the vehicle to assess its performance and identify any potential mechanical issues. Addressing mechanical concerns beforehand can prevent breakdowns or malfunctions during transit.

Documentation and Verification

Proper documentation and verification procedures are crucial for a smooth shipping process. Complete a detailed inspection report with findings, including photographs if necessary. Verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) to ensure it matches the provided documentation. Keeping copies of inspection documents and sharing them with the shipping company can help resolve disputes and ensure accountability throughout the shipping process.

Importance of Vehicle Inspection

Emphasise the significance of vehicle inspection in maintaining safety and integrity during shipping. Highlight potential risks and damages that may occur without proper inspection. Adherence to inspection protocols is essential to safeguard the vehicle throughout the shipping process and ensure a seamless experience for all parties involved.


Vehicle Inspection Solutions

Not only is it important to inspect vehicles at each step of the shipping process but it is also important to unsure the data recorded during this process is exchanged securely (this could be between trading partners). EDI is used here and has many benefits like its seamless integration. Learn more about the benefits of EDI in transport and logistics.

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