*Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

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bruingrl
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*Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby bruingrl » Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:50 pm

Help!

So I took the incredibly enormous, helpful advice found here and got myself three (though one is suspect) quotes from top rated moving companies. But now I need help picking one.

To make it easy, the first one was from Reliable Van and Storage (Allied) in Elizabeth, NJ. Their phone number is 732-291-3532 and the website is www.reliablevan.com. I left a note on their website reply form to contact me for an in-home estimate. They called back the next day and told me that becuase I have a studio apartment and this is their busy season, they wouldn't do an in-home estimate. Instead, they said I could use the Allied Small Moves Program and have an estimate done over the phone by one of their "specialists". It already sounded bad to me, but I was curious so I did the phone estimate. Basically, they said I had about 2779 lbs and quoted me $3280. The lady was nice enough over the phone (her name is Lorraine Novak) but I'm about 99.9% sure I'm not going with them. Besides, isn't this illegal?

The second quote is from University Van Lines (Atlas) in Rahway, NJ. Their phone number is 732-882-1060. I called around 6pm on a Wednesday evening and spoke to someone who set me up for an in-home estimate the following Monday (because I couldn't do Friday). Bill Quigley came out and was very personable and professional. He answered all my questions, was patient and waited even longer to make sure I didn't have any more questions, and gave me a folder with the know-your-rights info, etc. His quote was a binding not-to-exceed quote and came to 2300 lbs at $2942.72 (not including insurance.)

Today I got a third quote from Wade Odell Wade (United) in Midland Park, NJ. Their phone number is 800-346-8464. I called at the same time that Wednesday evening and got an answering machine. They called me back the next day and set up an appointment for this afternoon. Jim Murphy came to do my quote and he was professional, as well, though a bit more low-key. He said he wasn't a salesman and he wouldn't pressure me, but I also got the feeling he was in a but of a hurry. But he did answer all of my questions and gave me the same folder full of papers, etc. His quote is non-binding and came to 2500 pounds at $2544.30 (not including insurance.)

What should I do now? I'm not sure if it's better to go with a non-binding quote or a binding one. I liked Bill from University Van Lines' personality better, but his quote was more expensive and I'm incredibly cash-strapped for this move. He said if I moved on a weekday it would be cheaper, though only by a couple hundred dollars. However, Jim from Wade Odell Wade was also very professional and his move is the same price whether I move on a weekday or a weekend.

Also, Jim mentioned that the minimum weight is 2100 lbs to go cross country. Is this true of all moving companies or just United?

I'm looking forward to getting feedback. Movingscam.com has been an awesome resource so far. Thank you so much!!!

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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby Michael » Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:02 pm

Actually, any company that picks you up on a weekend at your request will charge you overtime. So Jim wasnt exactly right. Like he said he isnt a sales person.

I am not so worried about an phone estimate with a major as I am with a company that ask you to fill out an inventory form and send it back to them. So I have no issue's with what Reliable did. And in regards to a inventory being done in home, not sure if they pertains to any move within a 50 mile radius of the company or if they have to have a minimum weight. But in any case I dont think its a big deal in this case.

Based on the numbers it appears that United gave you the better discount compared to Atlas. So thats a plus. Atlas gave you a APP (not to exceed) and United did not, so thats a plus for United.

Most companies do have minimums when it comes to shipping weights. And those weights will vary from one company to the next, especially in the summer time. But generally its 2100 pounds.

I would ask Bill if there is anything he can do with the discount in making himself a little more competitive with the United quote.

If not, you have three good companies, pick the one you felt the most comfortable with, can meet your dates, and can give you the best deal on valuation, although these prices are set also.

Best of luck,
Michael
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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby BigLeeCalif » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:01 pm

Some of the large hauling fleets will occasionally waive overtime rates for week-end pickups if it's a self haul, and works better for the carrier...

Our sales people will call and check with operations before putting it in writing on the estimate though. 90% of our drivers would rather load on a Sat and get out of dodge.
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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby Michael » Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:42 pm

Like I said Big Lee unless its at their request. If its the shippers request they will charge OT. But for a sales person just to tell someone that they just met they dont charge for Saturday or Sunday pick ups is wrong.
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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby BigLeeCalif » Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:53 pm

Stranger things have happened Michael. I just talked to a United agent Friday morning who flatly stated they will NOT give a binding estimate, no matter how large or small the move.
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bruingrl
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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby bruingrl » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:36 pm

That's interesting, because Jim from United told me that they could do a binding estimate, but they'd bump the weight up to 3000 pounds and it would be around $3000.

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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby Michael » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:40 am

Bruingirl,

Agents can do what they want when it comes to minimums. They have the minimum the van line allows then they can set their own minimums if they wish.

Many of these agents do a lot of national acocunt business and dont need the local or COD business in the summer. So if they come across one's calling in or looking for quotes then they probably go with their agency minimums. Nothing wrong or illegal about it.

And Lee, I have seen those also. And I have no issue with that either.
Michael
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bruingrl
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Re: Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby bruingrl » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:42 pm

Thanks for the help guys!

I decided to go with Jim with Wade Odell Wade (United). It's the non-binding estimate, but they had a cheaper price per pound. Also, they were able to accomodate my first choice move date without a problem.

Now I just hope everything goes well... I'll post an update once my stuff is picked up.

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Re: *Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby farrah7031 » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:49 pm

Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you.

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Re: *Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby ejimenez410 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:13 am

bruingrl!! We are most likely going with WOW for our move to Minneapolis from New jersey. I was wondering how it went? I was concerned about the non-bnding but we are pretty sure he put us down for a much heavier load than we have.

Please let me know how things go. Thanks very much.

bruingrl
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Re: *Need Help Comparing Quotes - Moving from NJ to CA

Postby bruingrl » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:25 pm

Hey everyone! Just wanted to say I haven't forgotten about putting up my review. My things are scheduled to arrive this Saturday, so I'll post after I get a chance to go through it all. So far though, I'd give WOW a grade of B. I'll explain it all after Saturday.


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