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info on movers in central mass

Postby ophelia12 » Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:03 pm

Hello,
I was wondering if anyone had experience or info on these movers.

1) Allen and Coles Moving Systems (North American Van Lines)
100 Adams Rd Clinton, MA
DOT# 70851
Est weight 3766 lbs: $2113 (60% discount off 400N Tariff, non peak
rate for July 29) with 4 day spread for pick up

The rep said that shipments over 4000 lbs would be a guaranteed 1
day pickup so he could make the wt 4100 lbs ($2266) to get me the
1 day pickup if I wanted it (and hopefully they'll be honest about the
actual weight since it is a guaranteed not to exceed estimate; if not,
then I guess I'm willing to live with the extra $150 for the 1 day
pickup).
This is my first choice: the rep seemed nice, legit, etc. and it is the
best price. However, I saw someone who had written about this
company earlier who had said the rep quoted an hourly rate (this was
in Feb 04) and of course, everyone poo poo'ed this but this did not
happen in my case. The estimate is based on weight and distance.

2) ABC Moving and Storage (Allied)
100 Adams Rd, Clinton MA (same address as the above but diff co.)
DOT # 76235
Est wt 4609 lbs ($2798) with 60% discount off the 400N Tariff

3) MacDonald Moving Services (United)
434 Elm Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
DOT # 077949
Est wt 3682 lbs ($2976) with 52% discount off 400N Tariff
Didn't leave the Rights and Responsibilities brochure.
Did not discuss the insurance charges -- just added in $216 for $20,000
valuation.
Changed the estimate later because he forgot to include mattress
packing charge (did not even mention that this is optional, just added it
on). Personally, I wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for this, but at
least let me know it's an option.
This is my last choice.

All 3 companies have guaranteed not to exceed estimates (though it doesn't necessarily say this on one of the estimates, so I'll make them add it in).

Thoughts? Suggestions? Personal experience with these companies anyone?

Thanks.

Nancy
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Re: info on movers in central mass

Postby Nancy » Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:13 pm

I can speak to your quote from Allen & Coles, but don't know specifics on the other companies. I work for a NAVL agent and have dealt with that agency. The owners are involved in the day to day operations, and they have a good reputation. They have won quality awards in the past, and have been in business for many years.

The salesman was exactly correct about 4000 lbs being the breakpoint for a one day load spread. I'd also say it is worth a little extra $$ on your part to make that happen. Four day load spreads can take a bit of extra planning on your part, and I don't think you'd regret it.

I'm not criticizing the others at all, I just don't know them. You have three quotes from three reputable van lines. You have done well in selecting them, and ultimately it is a gut and trust decision on who to pick.

Ophelia12

Re: info on movers in central mass

Postby Ophelia12 » Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:46 pm

Thanks for your helpful input Nancy.

Diane
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Re: info on movers in central mass

Postby Diane » Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:10 pm

ophelia12 wrote:he could make the wt 4100 lbs ($2266) to get me the 1 day pickup if I wanted it (and hopefully they'll be honest about the actual weight since it is a guaranteed not to exceed estimate; if not, then I guess I'm willing to live with the extra $150 for the 1 day pickup).

My interpretation of things like this is that you won't get any money back if the weight is less than 4100 pounds. It is a deal they are offering you, and I'm not saying that it's a bad deal. If I'm wrong, I hope someone will tell me.


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