Budget Van Lines tied to moving scams – again!By Eric Anders • Sep 29th, 2010 • Category: Consumer Help, Consumer Protection, MoveRescue, Protect Your Move, Rogue Mover
According to a recent CBS news report , Budget Van Lines, the New York based household goods and property broker who's held a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration license since 2005, is now being investigated by the same transportation watchdog agency who granted their operating authority.
The interest was generated when a New York based company that Budget arranged to have handle one of their customer's interstate moves, Ideal Moving and Storage, Inc., decided to increase the customer's price by over $5000 allegedly because the customer submitted an incomplete list of goods to be shipped.
The video (below) suggests that Ideal outsourced the move to yet another carrier despite the fact that the small, three-year old company has no brokerage authority.
How to Avoid Moving Scams – CBS News
Once again, the Arizona Dept of Weights & Measures, and it's investigator, J.J. Stroh, diligently came to the customer's rescue. Unofficially, I think Arizona leads the country in the 'manifest enforcement' of the FMCSA's consumer protection regulations as outlined in the household goods sections of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU).
What's unfortunate in this whole convoluted account is that the video used by CBS to document this moving scam for the general public's benefit includes pictures of the equipment and employees of the country's largest national van line. The delivering driver's equipment sported some of the same decals and paint designs.
What most people who saw the video or CBS News report on TV fail to understand is that United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit have operated MoveRescue since 2002. This was the first industry-endorsed consumer assistance service aimed at stopping disreputable and unscrupulous interstate movers from preying on inexperienced and unsuspecting customers.
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