Tips on protecting your move – How to spot moving scams
On the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) website you can find a wealth of information that will make you more confident about finding a trustworthy moving company. You will also want to check those companies’ reviews to reinforce your decision. Here are some tips to help you identify brokers, scams, and rogue moving companies.
A new program called “Protect Your Move” has been formed by the FMCSA. Its purpose is to help families, companies, and individuals hire trusted movers during the summer the busy season. We find that there are credible moving companies as well as rogue companies looking to benefit from the moving marketplace. Do you know how to spot their moving scams?
Brokers sell your information to other moving companies to make a profit. They have no trucks or movers. It’s easy to become confused because a lot of broker sites look identical to moving company websites. You will know that you’ve submitted your information on a broker’s site when many different moving companies call to give you a quote for your move.
Scammers have no plans of conducting your move for you. If you get caught up in there scheme you may end up with no one to assist you on your move date and no funds to hire a credible company. One way to spot a scam is if the representative makes no effort to take an inventory list. Another way to tell if you’re being scammed is if the price seems too good to be true. Ask for the company’s Department of Transportation (DOT) number and if they cannot provide it you most likely found a scam company.
Rogue moving companies are a mix between brokers and scammers. They load are best known for raising their price to 3 times more than what they quoted after they’ve already loaded your items into their truck. You can spot rogue movers by thoroughly examining the quotes you’ve received from different companies; the price(s) that looks considerably lower than the rest is likely to be a rogue company.
At Excalibur we want to make sure that you are getting the best service for your move. In your search for the right moving company watch out for the warning signs mentioned above. Once you have a list of candidates double check them online and at the FMCSA website.
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