Audimute is constantly evaluating the best ways to have your product delivered to you quickly and safely. At times, packaging and/or product can be damaged while in transit despite our best efforts to safeguard them on their way. Please review the below policies regarding the inspection of your delivered order and product.
**Reports of product or packaging damage upon receipt must be made to Audimute within 72 hours or three business days of the delivery date of your order. Reports of damages outside of this time frame cannot be evaluated for replacement or refund.
For standard carrier shipments (i.e. US Postal Service, UPS, etc.)
Product that you have signed for or accepted should be inspected thoroughly upon delivery for any damages. We must be notified at 1.866.505.MUTE or firstname.lastname@example.org about any damages within 3 business days of you receiving your products.
At the time of delivery, if the packaging appears damaged on the outside, please refuse to accept it from the carrier and let us know immediately (by phone or email). Alternately, you can also accept the delivery but please ensure when signing the shipper’s proof-of-delivery, that you include a note stating the package is or appears to be damaged.
If contacting us via email to report discovered damages, please be sure to include the name your order was placed under, the order number and a detailed list of any product damages. We do also ask that you send pictures of both the packaging (if there was visible damage to it) and the damaged product to assist us with any potential claim we may need to file with the carrier. A member of our Customer Solutions Team will respond to email inquiries regarding damages within 24HRS or one business day.
For freight carrier shipments (i.e. UPS Freight, Estes Express, Saia, Roadrunner, A. Duie Pyle, etc.)
If your shipment is being transported via freight truck, we want you to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as the end recipient (from here forward known as the “consignee").
There are a lot of things that can happen between our facility and your delivery location; therefore, we are asking you to do a very small amount of work to protect yourself, and us.
As the consignee, 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 ability to collect on a damage claim even if the damage is concealed.
Check immediately for possible damage during shipment. The National Claims Council Regulations specify that you must:
- Inspect, examine and inventory your delivery as it’s unloaded.
- Any and all shortages and damages MUST be written on the Bill of Lading or Freight Bill before you sign it. Then Audimute must be notified immediately at 1.866.505.MUTE or email@example.com to report the problem.
- You should open cartons and containers. If there is the slightest doubt that the merchandise is damaged, (concealed or not) it must be noted on the Bill of Lading or Freight Bill or the liability to prove the damage was done by the delivering carrier becomes the responsibility of the consignee.
- Insist on inspecting the shipment while the driver is still at your facility. They cannot leave until the Bill of Lading or Freight Bill is signed.
Discovered Damage – if the box, crate, or merchandise is visibly damaged, refuse the delivery and contact us immediately at 1.866.505.MUTE or firstname.lastname@example.org so the merchandise can be shipped back to us at no charge.
Concealed Damage – in the event of concealed damage, you MUST immediately document and photograph (if possible) the packaging and the damage. You must keep the packaging. Do not move the items from your location, and contact us immediately at or email@example.com to report the damage. We will begin a concealed damage claim and ask for an inspection by the carrier. The inspector will determine if the damage was possibly carrier caused.
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 3 business days of receipt. Many people order products in advance of need, and wait until it is being installed to check the condition of the product; in some cases weeks post-delivery of the shipment. In these situations, it is the consignee’s sole responsibility to contact the freight carrier and pursue a claim.
Further measures that may help in any freight claim process include the following:
- Taking digital photographs of the damage. If possible, photographs of the equipment still on the truck will limit the consignee’s liability.
- Call or email us immediately at 1.866.505.MUTE or firstname.lastname@example.org to report the damage and request we start a claim. Preferably, the call should be made before the driver leaves the site.
- Request an inspector.
- Keep a copy of the Bill of Lading or Freight Bill, noting the damage and the driver’s signature. The Bill of Lading or Freight Bill is our only documentation of the condition of a load when it arrives at your site. Without this proof, we cannot hold others accountable for any damaged or missing items.