Your signature on the delivering carrier's freight Bill Of Lading (BOL) constitutes acceptance of the merchandise as is and in good order. If you do not inspect before signing you are, for all practical purposes, waiving the right to collect on a damage claim even if the damage is discovered later (known as concealed damage).
Please note: Recent changes have been made to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) rules regarding concealed damage notifications. As of Saturday, April 18, 2015 the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has reduced the time shippers are allowed to report concealed damage to the carrier from 15 days to 5 days. This applies to all LTL shipments. This means that if you fail to report concealed damage within 5 days, it will result in your inability to file a freight claim with the carrier.
If you have someone signing the freight bill for you, for whatever reason, they are acting as your representative; you should inform them that they should check for missing or damaged items. If the freight is signed for without notating damaged or missing pieces, it is almost impossible to get the freight companies to take responsibility.
Please note: If the consignee has signed for the shipment indicating there was no damage noted at time of receipt, the consignee would then have to take up their claim with the freight carrier if concealed damage becomes apparent after receipt. Many people order products in advance of need, and wait until it is to be installed to finally check the condition of the product (sometimes weeks or even months have passed); in these situations, it is the consignee's sole responsibility to contact the freight carrier and pursue a claim.
We cannot be held responsible for freight damage or missing pieces; we will help you deal with the freight company, but you must call the freight inspector and you must file the claim. Ultimately, it is the Freight Company's responsibility to deliver the shipment in good condition, and it is the consignee's responsibility to inspect and sign for the products and notate any missing or damaged pieces.
We can ship to the lower 48 states and Canada.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.