Customer Satisfaction

The Pros and Cons of Your Own Moving Truck

During a cross country move, a moving company will group your belongings in with several others that are all going the same direction. While this is a standard practice which almost never amounts to a switching of personal belongings, many people are apprehensive about their things being mixed in with others’. As a result, moving companies offer a way to secure your own cross country moving truck for customers who don’t mind paying extra.

  • PRO: Your things will be alone in the truck and unable to be confused with anyone else’s.
  • CON: There is a significant fee attached to this type of service.
  • PRO: Your delivery date is often much faster, since the drivers don’t have to make many stops to deliver other peoples’ shipments along the way.
  • CON: You will be making an environmental impact with carbon emissions and fumes.

No two moves are alike, and it’s impossible to know what the right solution is for every move. However, with these tips, you should be able to make an informed decision about whether you want to spring for the extra comfort of a single moving truck on your long distance move.

Why You Must Pay Attention to the USDOT License

The USDOT license is one of the single most important aspects of hiring movers. It is the legal permission from the United States Department of Transportation which gives moving companies the right to transport customers’ goods at the local level and the long distance level. When a moving company doesn’t have a valid USDOT License, they shouldn’t be awarded your business. Here are some reasons why:

  • Safety complaints from previous customers. If the movers were unsafe with customers’ items, or if employees of the moving company noticed some precautions not being taken, these things can be reported to the USDOT. If the allegations turn out to be true, the USDOT can suspend or revoke a moving company’s license.
  • No tariff on hand. The tariff is a legal document that a moving company is required to have at all times, which states the terms and conditions of moving with that company. Moving trucks can be pulled over at random by USDOT agents and inspected on the spot, with the tariff being one of the items required. If a company doesn’t have a valid tariff, it won’t have a license for much longer.
  • Lapsed or invalid insurance. If a moving company fails to keep up with their insurance policy, or if the insurance they have doesn’t meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the USDOT can revoke the company’s license.

These are all examples of risky behavior on the part of the moving company, and you won’t want to trust your things in the hands of a company that would operate in these ways. If you come across a moving company with great rates, awesome flexibility but no USDOT license, it’s best to just move on. As you can see, there are usually valid (and scary) reasons for this discrepancy.

Did You Know

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