August 2, 2010 by Frank Peditto
More and more moving
companies are encouraging transferees to ship their vehicles on the truck,
especially due to the space available because of the overall decline in moving
volume over the past few years. While it seems convenient to have all of your
belongings on one truck, is it the wisest choice?
Growing up in the
hospitality industry we moved several times during my teen and early adult
years. Each time the moving company came, packed up all of our belongings and
then took our car. We then would wait for the car and a few key items at our
destination hotel as we closed on our new home and awaited the final delivery.
Often the car and those few items were critical for us, as we moved often and
throughout the country, bringing us to varying climates and different
During one move, we
shipped our car with our household goods on the moving truck. It was highly
recommended because of the convenience and control by the van line. As we
waited for the car and our winter jackets to be delivered during the move from
Florida to Massachusetts, we received a call from our relocation coordinator at
the van line. There had been an incident and the deck holding some of the
household goods above the car on the moving truck had given way. Not only were
those items all damaged or ruined, but also they all fell on the roof of our
car, so that was damaged as well, with numerous dents and scratches and a
As our family sat
outside, freezing and waiting for our delivery, they removed what was our
recently purchased family sedan out of the moving truck. While the physical
dents did not constitute a total loss, the repairs meant being without our car
and with a rental for several weeks. All while we also dealt with the fact that
our furniture was also damaged and requiring repairs or replacement.
From that move on, we
always requested an experienced auto transport company in lieu of the moving
company for our automobile transportation. While its only one incident, it’s
one that has stuck with each member of our family for many years.