Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transport

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medstud2005
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Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transport

Postby medstud2005 » Wed May 18, 2005 5:15 pm

Hi!

I'm moving from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to San Francisco, California, in June. I received four estimates, which I'll post here so others can get a sense of going rates:

Morse Moving & Storage, agent of Allied Van Lines
10885 Textile Road, Belleville, MI 48111
734-484-1717 or 734-485-0640
tariff TPG (non-peak)
loading June 1-15
weight 5400 lbs
transportation $4701.42
partial pack $86.03
Total estimate $4787.45

Frisbie Moving & Storage Company, agent of United Van Lines
7830 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-424-0802
tariff 400N
loading June 6-26
weight 4600 lbs
transportation $3088.80
plus partial pack, other charges, surcharges
Total estimate $3788.02

Corrigan Moving Systems, agent of United Van Lines
3600 Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
800-950-8683 or 734-973-2839
tariff 400N
loading June 6-17
weight 5000 lbs
Total estimate $4350.68 (verbal for partial pack only; full pack quote $5050.68)

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
900 Victors Way, Suite 170, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734-998-5506
tariff ?
loading June 5-20
wieght 4977 lbs
Total estimate $4415.10

I also received several quotes for transporting an operational passenger car. I narrowed it down to just Tn'T and DAS based on comments from this board:

Tn'T
800-872-8681
terminal-terminal $1016.50
door-terminal $1162.10
door-door $1285.30

Tn'T Chicago-Express
door-door $975
no guarantees of delivery date, typically 2 weeks

DAS
800-826-1083
terminal-terminal $850
terminal-door $1034
door-terminal $1061
door-door $1125

I *think* I'm going to go with Frisbie/United and the Tn'T door-terminal service. If anybody has any thoughts or advice or warnings, please post!

Michael
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Michael » Wed May 18, 2005 6:31 pm

Its not a warning, but I would go with Corrigan. They are an excellent agent. Very quality driven and customer service orientated.

Having lived in Michigan (went to Brother Rice and CMU), worked for Graebel Detroit (1 1/2 yrs), Corrigan (5 yrs) and Atlas DMS (1yr) while I was there, and knowing what I know of the others you mentioned, is what I am basing my opinion on.

I am not saying you would have a bad move with Frisbie, but just looking at what I see of your quotes, your taking the cheapest one. So I would ask you besides price, why would you select them. What do they do that you think no one else does? What are you gaining by selecting them and not one of the higher price movers. Keep in mind, Corrigan isnt any more expensive then Frisbie, its just that Frisbie estimated less.

Hope that helps and best of luck,
Michael
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medstud2005
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby medstud2005 » Wed May 18, 2005 6:56 pm

I liked the Frisbie agent and felt he was informative and responsive. I probably liked the Corrigan agent the least of all four. She kept me waiting for our appointment and I found her somewhat difficult to converse with as it took her five minutes to explain things that should have taken one. But I suppose personality of the agent is probably one of the least important factors in deciding between estimates...? In any case, I appreciate the feedback!

Michael
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Michael » Wed May 18, 2005 6:58 pm

Not a problem. Its not a bad thing to go with the person you felt more comfortable with.

Best of luck,
Michael
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Diane
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Diane » Wed May 18, 2005 7:04 pm

I see that the Allied agent gave you a TPG quote, which means it was either Binding Not to Exceed or Binding, but did the others give you Binding Not to Exceed, Binding, or Nonbinding quotes? We always recommend that people get either a Binding Not to Exceed or a Binding quote. Nonbinding is much less desirable.

medstud2005
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby medstud2005 » Thu May 19, 2005 3:12 pm

Morse (Allied), Frisbie (United), and Corrigan (United) all gave not-to-exceed estimates. Stevens handwrote its estimate and it doesn't say if it's binding or non-binding. When I asked the Stevens agent, he said that he COULD make it a not-to-exceed estimate but typically didn't start with that when the customer claimed that certain pieces of furniture in the house weren't going to be moved. Something about people changing their minds and possibly adding on said furniture later.

I think I feel pretty comfortable going with Frisbie, unless others have warnings to share. I did a search on this site for Frisbie, and nothing came up. I'll probably book with them tomorrow, then I'll post some follow-up after the move.

Thanks everyone!

Michael
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Michael » Thu May 19, 2005 4:13 pm

Med,

There is nothing wrong with Frisbie, they are a good agent. I just know that Corrigan is better. But like I said and you said, you liked the Frisbie sales person better.

Out of curiosity, did the sales rep from Morse, really stress the family moving thing? Did you have a male sales rep and was he very aggressive?

Best of luck,
Michael
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Mi-mover

Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Mi-mover » Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:18 am

I have just sent my stuff with Frisbie. They have emailed me my contract before hand. (without my asking for it). The movers were very professional and efficient. I will write more if I have updates.

Jenny

Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby Jenny » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:37 pm

I am going to try Frisbie. Thanks for this site. My parents never had trouble with United so I feel pretty good and I am even prepared to follow the truck all the way from MI to VA just to be sure.

MusicMom
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Re: Moving from MI to CA in June 2005, including auto transp

Postby MusicMom » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:09 pm

Just watch out, those Ohio troopers on the Turnpike will pull over just about any car with a MI license plate. They're pretty upset since U-M is better than Ohio State and all... :wink:


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