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Hidden Costs To Avoid When Looking At Estimates From Movers

Hidden Costs To Avoid When Looking At Estimates From Movers
Hidden Costs To Avoid When Looking At Estimates From Movers

What is the Hidden Costs To Avoid When Looking At Estimates From Movers?

Moving is an exercise that requires you to keep an eye on your expenses. This is more so when you opt to work with a professional mover who insists on giving you an estimate. You should always have the mover tell you exactly what the move will cost. Ensure that your chosen moving company gives you a full package with no hidden charges. Be diligent to scrutinize the services being offered and ask as many questions as you need to.

Here are some of the hidden charges in moving:

Extra parking fees

Sometimes while on the move, you are forced to pack abruptly maybe due to an emergency or to pick or drop something on the way.  Most professional companies will charge you for the extra parking cost incurred. That is why you need to ensure that you collect your items from one location and where it is not possible, let the mover reveal the charges before.

Extra costs for the ‘last minute’

It is always good to plan and give the professional mover ample time. Book them in advance and allow for preparation. Some companies will charge you more for short notice because they claim that they must disorganize their program at a cost, which will be transferred to you. Sometimes it is unavoidable to move in a rush especially when it is an emergency. In such a case, let the professional mover give you a quotation inclusive of all these extra costs.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Credit card payments

When you use a credit card to pay, there are charges that the moving company will pay to get the money. They would want to transfer these to you, and in most cases, they will reveal this to you when at the destination. Make sure you agree on the mode of payment beforehand and be aware of whatever costs you may incur.

Storage in transit

You have done your shipping and are already at your destination or somewhere close. You have no place to store your luggage. The moving company may offer to keep the goods temporarily for you as you look for storage. Some of these will give you like a month’s free storage but charge you for any extra days or hours. You need to know all these details beforehand.

Off-road additional fees charges

You have reached some point on your journey and the truck used can no longer navigate the road or driveway.  A different truck may even be required to move your luggage. All these will demand additional charges. It is therefore essential to declare before you begin the move on the condition of the roads to your destination.

The list of extra/hidden charges is endless, but the most important thing is to ensure that you reveal as much information to your mover as possible. Do not leave room for any surprises along the way that would give the professional an opportunity to exploit you on this. If possible, task them before to find out about the conditions along the way before you start your move.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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