Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

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sdgreeneyes

Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby sdgreeneyes » Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:08 am

Hi there,

I'm planning to move from San Diego to Manhattan and have narrowed my choices down to Atlas Transfer & Storage Co. (an Allied agent) and Johnson Storage & Moving Co. (a United Agent).

The estimates for the two companies are within 500 pounds and $500 of one another, but United has offered a 5 day delivery window, whereas Allied has stated they can only guarantee an 8 day delivery window, due to the small size of my move (4500-5000 pounds).

Delivery date is important to me based upon the help I will have in NY. On the other hand, I was very impressed with the information provided by the Allied Agent, and felt he was more careful with providing the estimate (which ended up lower in weight and cost), but can I rely on this instinct?

Any insight is greatly appreciated!

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Re: Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby Diane » Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:12 am

Rely on your instincts. Atlas Allied has great reviews here and until now we have never heard of Johnson. (My opinion only.)
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Re: Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby BigLeeCalif » Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:01 am

Johnson isn't one of the better know agents for United in San Diego, but I haven't heard negative things about them.

For our services in San Diego, we used Gemini Moving Specialists on Mira Mesa...

From the inside though, the San Diego United Agents are all quality agents, or they would not be allowed to service the military bases in the area.

United also has a system where you can track your shipment while it is in transit, using your name and order number. All you need is a pc or laptop with internet access.

You might ask Atlas if Allied has that capability. I'm sure most carriers are probably hooked up in some way to do that now.

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Re: Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby moverjim » Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:02 am

Have you addressed the delivery issue with Atlas Transfer. They may be able to decrease the delivery window if you ask.

sdgreeneyes

Re: Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby sdgreeneyes » Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:33 am

Thanks for your responses!

I believe Allied has a tracking system as well.

I asked about reducing the delivery window, and the Allied guy's response was that he didn't want to guarantee me something he couldn't deliver on. It made me start to wonder whether the United "guarantee" was something I could rely upon, or whether in the end, my stuff would just arrive "late" and then, really, what could I do?

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Re: Allied vs. United (SD-NYC)

Postby BigLeeCalif » Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:07 am

I think both sales people were giving you the best information available to them at the time.

The Allied guy might have been told that shipments into NYC from Calif need the additional time. It seems he is concientious enough to be upfront with you, but 8 days might be his worst case scenario. As him what the best might be. Ask the United guy the same.

The United guy might be giving you the spread based on what has been published to the agents by central dispatching in Fenton, MO.

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