This article is part of a multi-part series to recommend consumer-friendly Web sites about moving. These Web sites are meant to protect and assist consumers as they navigate the sometimes confusing world of household moving. We polled some of our best Wheaton agents to find out what Web sites have the best information and that customers can trust. You can read Part 1 of our editor’s pick series here, where we discuss the government Web site called ProtectYourMove.gov.
In Part 2, we are recommending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site. The FMCSA is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation whose mission is to increase the safety of commercial trucks and buses.
A key tool on the FMCSA Web site for moving customers is the Company Snapshot database. You can enter a moving company’s name, USDOT number or MC/MX number to see a complete profile of their organization, including size, truck fleet ownership, licensing and insurance information, and much more. This allows you to weed out untrustworthy moving companies or moving brokers who do not own vehicles, lack the proper insurance, or even have a poor safety rating.
The information you uncover with a small amount of research on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site could save you thousands of dollars and years of frustration and distress.
Stay tuned for our next super great editor’s pick Web site that will help make your move a whole lot easier.