Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOSTON?

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Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOSTON?

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 13, 2005 5:59 pm

Any feedback/info regarding McCollisters Transportation in BOSTON? They are a United agent. Thanks.

Rick
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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Rick » Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:30 pm

In his "How to Find a Reputable Mover" piece on the front page, Mr. Walker suggests that you contact at least three moving companies to arrange estimates.

Contact three more movers!

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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:53 pm

I have contacted 3 movers already. I've gotten feedback about the other movers, however, I can't find anything about McCollisters in Boston. These are the ones I'm looking at:

Wakefield Distributions (Allied)
McCollisters Transportation (United)
Mast Moving (Mayflower)

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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Diane » Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:08 pm

Guest, it seems as if Rick is trying to tell you something. He knew that you had contacted one particular moving company, yet he advised you to contact three more movers. So he must not have thought much of the company you asked about. And he is in a position to know.

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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:41 pm

Ahhh... gotcha. Thanks Diane.

Rick, could you elaborate a bit more on why you don't recommend McCollisters? Thanks.

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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Rick » Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:52 pm

McCollister's is one of United Van Lines largest agents. They have 15 offices nationwide and, as their website advises, they hava a "comprehensive service suite meeting challenging logistics and specialized transportation needs." They have one of the largest hauling fleets in the Unigroup system.

You won't find too many opinions - good or bad - about their household service. They do some of everything. http://www.mccollisters.com

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Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Diane » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:44 pm

Hmm . . . if that is a recommendation, I would hate to see the reverse. I suggest that you rule out McCollisters Boston.

Guest, in case you haven't seen my summary post about Boston-area movers, here it is:
Diane wrote:Long-haul drivers are often good sources of recommendations because they have seen a lot. "East Coast Mover" recommended these three in the Boston area, none of which he works for: Paul Taylor (United) in Wakefield, Paul Young (Arpin) in Braintree, and Rainbow (North American) in Franklin - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5126

McLaughlin (Mayflower), Humboldt (United), Wakefield Distribution (Allied; in Danvers), Julian Wright (Graebel), and Sterling (North American) have also been mentioned favorably on this website by other moverpros.

A good friend of mine in the industry who has to remain anonymous because he is still working and has to feed his family has commented to me as follows:

I must say that Humboldt is one of the most honest agents I have ever come across in the moving industry, and I would recommend them totally. They have the complete respect not only of their peers but also of their competitors. I can tell you that you could eat off their warehouse floor on a bad day and anyone who takes that good care of their warehouse all the time - let's just say that I think they pay attention to details - all of them!

Although any company can scam anybody because of the current lawless state of the moving business, I think you will agree that the above statement, coming from a moving professional that I trust, is compelling.

We don't have many actual reviews of long-distance movers in Boston. Here are three that I could find. The moves all turned out OK, but in every case there were glitches, so you should read the threads to get a sense of what you might be in for in the busy season. Some of the people describe the varying styles of the estimators as well.

1. "ENugent" used Humboldt (United) for a Boston to Seattle move and was fairly well pleased - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=26391 She is an attorney and she also looked at Julian Wright (Graebel)--the company told her that it would be both the origin and destination agent, i.e. her shipment would not be transferred from one truck to another. This happened in November, in the off season, so Julian Wright might not be doing that now, especially if your load is small, but I think it's highly desirable if this happens.

2. "Dagny" used New England Movers (Graebel) for a Boston to Palo Alto move and was also fairly well pleased, although he/she said that they greatly underestimated the weight so it was essential to have had a GNTE - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=211 Be careful because there is another New England Movers that is disreputable.

3. "Jag" used McLaughlin (Mayflower) for a Boston to Atlanta move and was also fairly well pleased - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2069

Also, "sdhughes" (Grace) was leaning toward Wm. Duggan (Atlas) for a Boston to Atlanta move, but unfortunately after initiating three threads she never came back to report. She didn't like the Rainbow estimator. She remarked that the rep from Wakefield (Allied) promised that his company would self-haul the load in its own truck (highly desirable). Her threads contain a lot of useful discussion - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1425
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1472
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1513
She is a member here so you could send her a PM to ask how it went.

And "Lynne" was set to use Julian Wright (Graebel) for a move from Boston to Philadelphia, but she never came back to tell us how it went - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1594 She said that Julian Wright was going to self-haul, but maybe they wouldn't self-haul a move of your distance.

Finally, here are some recent threads where "bostontoseattle" was trying to decide between Humboldt, Rainbow (North American), Ayer (North American), and Duggan (Atlas) - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4684
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5342
This person actually eventually decided to move with Broadway Express (see BE review #121).

Here's a thread where someone is trying to decide between ABC (Allied) and Humboldt (United) - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6249

Hope this helps.

Fred0844

Re: Has anybody ever used McCollisters Transportation in BOS

Postby Fred0844 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:38 am

Being a United agent, I would suggest that McCollisters could be your mover of choice for the following reasons.

a) with the size of their hauling fleet, you would probably be moved by a McCollister fleet driver.
b) depending on where you are going to, the destination agent might also be a McCollister branch.
c) if shuttles or storage were required, it could then also be done with McCollister staff, equipment and warehouse.

In other words, your move is not only within the United system but also within the McCollister system. To be a 15 office agency does require (in to-day's business world) that you do the job right.

My drivers have dealt with McCollisters from a business standpoint and speak highly of them.

It all comes down to your feeling about the mover you are dealing with. The problem is that this is not to say anything bad about your other "movers". There are many fine agents in the Boston area, even for my competition (just not as good as United :lol: )


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