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ALERT Re: Transporting your auto

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  • dansattic@AOL.COM
    Hi all, This is a long story, but an important alert if you re going to be transporting an auto. Plus, there s also a recommendation in the last paragraph for
    Message 1 of 1 , May 21, 2004
      Hi all,

      This is a long story, but an important alert if you're going to be
      transporting an auto. Plus, there's also a recommendation in the last paragraph for the
      company I am now using, which has thus far provided astoundingly good and
      pleasant service.

      I wanted to give you all a heads up on a very bad experience I've had with
      A-AAAdvantage Auto Transport (800-233-4875). THIS IS AN ALERT TO ALL NEVER TO
      USE THEM! Despite that I did plenty of research and checked their BBB record,
      I got burned, and have now learned from other transport companies that this is
      typical of their service ethic. I also found out that a site I looked at
      which rates transport companies has some affiliation with AAAdvantage, which is
      why they are rated so high on the site.

      I hired them over 3 weeks ago to transport my car using a covered transport.
      They initially said it would take 2 days to dispatch a truck to transport my
      car. Then it was 7 days. Then it was 10 days, etc. Every time I called for
      a status--about 10 times over 3 weeks--they told me a truck would be
      dispatched "any minute" and to call back "in a couple days" for a delivery date. A
      week ago, on their online tracking system, they entered 14MAY as a pick-up date,
      with a delivery date of 24MAY.

      Finally, on Tuesday 19MAY, I called and demanded to know what was going on
      since they hadn't picked up the car yet, and found out that not only had they
      not picked up the car, but that they had no plans to! I spoke with the General
      Manager, Jim Sprotte, who said that the guy who quoted me the price had under
      bid the job, and they couldn't find anyone to take the car for that price and
      therefore probably couldn't transport the car. First, I advised Jim that his
      price was in line with several others I'd gotten; second, that as a
      professional, he shouldn't have told me that, and should have eaten the difference if
      that be the case, and provided the service I contracted for to avoid bad blood
      and bad publicity; and third, that they should have updated me on what the
      problem was rather than stringing me along. After 3 weeks of patience and being
      reasonable, his comments finally caused me to blow my top. Yesterday, he
      called and said he found someone who could "probably" pick up the car the first
      week of June, if I was lucky. Of course I told him that was not acceptable.
      He said he would try to find someone to pick up the car sooner and would call
      me back ASAP. He never called, and I learned that he left yesterday for a
      week-long fishing trip. I cancelled the order. Now they won't return my calls or
      emails regarding a refund, and I've alerted my credit card company.

      Tonight when I spoke with the gal who sold me the car, I learned that a
      driver DID make arrangements with her to pick up the car this past Monday, but
      stood her up after she'd changed her plans to be available for the day. The
      driver finally called her and told her that he couldn't pick up the car because it
      turned out his truck was full, and to make future arrangements directly with
      AAAdvantage. I've now learned that AAAdvantage has a bad reputation among
      suppliers for stiffing them, so many drivers won't work for them unless they get
      their money up front. Maybe that's what happened here. Meantime, AAAdvantage
      never told me about the seller getting stood up by the driver or that they'd
      even FOUND a driver. I also heard from a member of my PontiacBigGuns group who
      said this company damaged the front end of his car during transport.

      I called several other companies yesterday, none of whom were able to pick up
      the car in a timely manner, or said they'd get back to me and never did.
      Then, last night I called a family-run company which brokers these transports,
      and was instantly struck by how concerned and decent sounding Frank was,
      compared to those at other companies I'd spoken with. He literally jumped right to
      it and first thing this morning called to tell me one of his regular suppliers
      could pick up my car within a day or two! In minutes, the whole transaction
      was confirmed by his wife, Susan, who is nice as could be and rushed to get me
      emailed confirmation in record time, and the car is being picked up tomorrow.
      These people are not only professional, but seem genuinely concerned and
      decent, and have a phenomenal work ethic you don't often see. It's a family-run
      company called Trusted Auto Movers, http://www.trustedauto.com/, 866-822-8752.
      I also called the supplier to confirm that they're aware of the
      time-sensitivity of the situation, and again dealt with a guy who was nothing but
      professional and helpful. I'll give you all an update when the car arrives, but I feel
      good about dealing with these people.

      So the moral is...let the buyer beware...


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