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Factors that raised the rating for Atlas Transfer & Storage Co/Allied Van Lines include:
- Length of time business has been operating.
- Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
- Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
- Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
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505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco CA 94102
Phone Number: (415) 703-2782
Fax Number: 415-703-1758
The license number is MTR0061487.
Type of Entity
Business ManagementMs. Linda Oakley, Vice President Mr. Tom Oakley, Owner
Number of Employees
Alternate Business NamesAllied Van Lines Atlas Transfer & Storage Co
Industry TipsMoving Companies
13026 Stowe Dr #A
Poway, CA 92064 (858) 513-3800 Directions
PO Box 503810
Poway, CA 92150
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Additional Phone Numbers
- (800) 854-2938(Phone)
- (858) 375-4850(Phone)
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Complaint: On April 23, 2012 we contracted with Allied to make our move from California to Tennessee. The estimated charges for a move to ***********, Tn were $5192.09 The move was to take place on June 23. In early June we flew to Tn where we were able to begin the process of purchasing a home. The house we found was in the city right next to ***********, *********. We also needed to change our date both items we knew would effect a change in the cost. Our new quopte was in the neighborhood of $5700. Wew were okay with that change although we thought the estimated mileage was inflated as they said over 100 miles and it is really only 20 miles away from our original destination. THREE times the estimater came out to our then current place of residence: once for the original estimate and twice to bring out boxes. Each time he assured us that the truck could come in to our lot, "No problem, just park your cars on the opposite side of the street from the drive to give the van lines driver extra room to maneuver" which we did. On the morning of the move, the van line driver arrived later than expected, stated he could not get the truck in the drive, parked on the street right across from our apartment complex and said he would have to rent a smaller truck to load our things and take them to the largere van line. He called the office and they said we would have to pay annaditional $700 or so for this service. WE HAD NO CHOICE as we had to be out of our apartment by that evening and in Tennessee 4 days later to close on our house. The final move ended up costing us $6306.95, over $1100 more than the original estimate. Furthermore, when our things arrived on the VERY LAST DAY possible many of our things were broken or damaged inside the boxes and we noted that boxes marked fragile or top-load-only were place at the bottom of stacks and not handled well We feel that we were grossly mislead about the care they would use and overcharged for the additional amount they claimed on the day of the move.
Desired Settlement: We believe that the additional amount charged on the day of the move was unnecessary, unethical, and unjust and should be refunded in full.
We have completely reviewed the complaint, and find the accusations made on behalf of the shipper to be false and untrue. Our records indicate we did inform the consumer that there could and would be additional charges that may be enforced if the main load truck (18 wheeler) could not fit into the local residential parking areas. While our sales rep., was confident the truck and trailer would fit for easy access in and out of the area, it was discovered that at the time of loading that the normal truck and trailer would not fit. This, then required an additional smaller truck to be rented and utilized for the move out of the ********* residence. During the sales rep .. visit, he made mention to the ********* that his normal sales commission on a move of this type would be approximately 12-13%. The sales rep, having felt bad for the truck not being to fit then lowered his commission to 9%, which would then help the ********* to go ahead and pay for the unexpected shuttle truck.
We (Atlas Transfer & Storage) communicated with the ********* via email and have attached those email threads and discussions for your review. The ********* agreed that the additional charge would be warranted and we therefore, then processed the payment accordingly.
We regret that the consumer has filed a complaint and are extremely apologetic for the unfortunate event that has occurred during their relocation with Allied Van Lines. If we or I can be of further assistance, please contact us via the information outlined below at your convenience.
Better Business Bureau:
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and have determined that this proposed action would not resolve my complaint. For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below.
We did not falsify any of the information which was submitted to you, the BBB. The shipper's rep DID NOT at any time tell us what he would make as a commission . He only gave us WRITTEN quotes which we signed. We repeatedly asked for and were given assurances that their truck could fit "NO PROBLEM!" as long as we secured the spaces opposite to our apartment complex driveway, which we did. The morning of the move, all this drama about we can't fit, and extra costs occurred so there were NO e-mails prior to the actual incident. Yes there were several e-mails AFTER the occurrence when we were forced to accept their terms because we had no other choices but none prior indicating the over 10% increase from the amended quote given after the naming of the exact city destination. Also bear in mind, the van line truck was parked IMMEDIATELY across the street from our complex, less than 200 yards from our residence and for this they needed to rent an additional shuttle vehicle? We watched them move my mother the month before and they parked on the street, outside of her complex, and used their dollies to move her things from the apartment to the truck. EXCUSES-EXCUSES-EXCUSES!!! I realize this is now dissolving into a "he said-she said" situation but on my side I was present, my spouse, our 36 year old daughter and 18 year old granddaughter heard and experienced all of it. I am not satisfied, nor will I be satisfied with their attitude and I WILL NOT RECOMMEND their company to anyone I know;EVER!
I wanted to advise that we spoke with the ********* and we have agreed to refund the cost of $700 and some change
that they are disputing.
Thanks Mr. *****.
Better Business Bureau:
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to us. We did speak with **** and he was very gracious. We understand that, in business, disagreements can occur. How they are handled is very important. Although this problem started out rocky, the final resolution and it's ultimate handling was more than acceptable. We have already received the refund check and consider this complaint resolved and resolved in a most satisfactory manner. Thank you for your help.
BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.