Dedicated Van Lines is so, well, dedicated to getting your business that it will beat any reputable competitor’s price by $250 or more. This applies only to companies that offer the same services (i.e., other full-service movers). If a moving container company like PODS offered you a better price, it wouldn’t count.
By “reputable,” Dedicated Van Lines means that the competitor has to have an A+ rating from Better Business Bureau. We’ve found that the BBB isn’t as good a judge of a moving company’s credentials as organizations like the FMCSA or the AMSA, but them’s the rules.
If you’re looking for the best price you can find, we recommend requesting quotes from several moving companies. You can start your bargain hunting with three of our favorite moving companies that meet Dedicated Van Lines’ credentials:
If any of these companies offer you a better rate, send the estimate to your Dedicated Van Lines representative to get a lower price.
Remember earlier when we talked about another customer’s cancellation lowering our price? Dedicated Van Lines calls this a “piggy back” load promotion.
Here’s how it works:
If two customers hire Dedicated Van Lines for moves along the same route, the company will probably pack and deliver their household goods in the same truck to minimize costs. This might sound like a recipe for disaster, but it’s nothing to worry about. Most companies do it, and they are (generally) very careful to keep different shipments properly separated within each truck.
If one customer cancels their move, that moving truck now has empty space, making the journey less cost-effective. Dedicated Van Lines tries to keep this from happening by offering immense discounts to customers who could fill up half-empty trucks.
While our piggy back discount saved us about 25%, the company claims that these discounts can save you up to 60% off your normal rate.
Like we stated above, this discount is highly situational, so it’s not something you should plan on when you’re budgeting for your move. However, it does make it worth your time to at least get a quote from Dedicated Van Lines.
Unlike most other companies, Dedicated Van Lines doesn’t require an in-home visit before giving you a binding estimate. Instead, the company has you fill out an inventory sheet online or over the phone.
This is typically something only scam moving companies do, so we checked Dedicated Van Lines through the FMCSA. We’re happy to report that the organization recognizes Dedicated Van Lines as a legally authorized moving broker, so it’s not a moving scam.
Doing an inventory online or over the phone can spare you a lot of the headache of scheduling and preparing your home for a visit, but watch out. If there are things you forget to add to your inventory, the company will increase its price when its crew shows up to move your stuff.
Bottom line: it’s absolutely essential that you fill out your inventory as carefully as possible. If there is something you forget, you can always add it later to get an updated price—just make sure you make any additions before moving day.