How do I pick a trucking company?

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    Marcus
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    I need some advice or recommendations in choosing a good trucking company. I have a rough idea on how to go about it, but I do need advice from more experienced folks like yourselves.

    I don’t wanna make any costly mistakes. I would really hate to sign a contract and then have all sorts of problems that I can’t get out of. It could end up being a costly and time-wasting nightmare.

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    Ron
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    You should try to find out how long a company has been in business. This way, you will also know if they are experienced or not. Newer companies may still have that learning curve, so I suggest going with an established company. Established companies would have probably made all their mistakes in the past and learned from it. This can help to ensure that it will be much smoother for you.

    When calling, find out if their employees have an ongoing training program. You want to use someone like this. They would be well versed on the latest on efficiency and safety. You want to deal with a company such as this.

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    John F
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    I would suggest you stay clear of those who offer their services at a much cheaper rate. It should be competitive. While being cheaper than anyone else may be tempting, it probably comes with a fair amount of danger.

    This is a company that is more likely to do things in the wrong way and offer their services at a low price to attract you. They may not do things by the book; they may take risks, cut corners, place safety at the bottom of their list and things of that nature. Do not use such a trucking company. You are only asking for trouble.

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    Marcus
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    Yeah, I think a lower price would have tempted me for sure!

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    John F
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    I understand that, but would it be worth the trouble? You also want to check out their fee structure. Look for transparency. There should not be any hidden fees. All the fees and the billing should fit in with your needs or requirements.

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    Professor Ralph
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    You need to find out if they have any restrictions regarding load sizes. Some companies may not offer their services to you if you do not meet their load size regulations. You need someone who is flexible; someone who does not place any restrictions.

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    Marcus
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    I see. At present, our loads may not meet such requirements, should they place such restrictions. Good to know though; I will have to be aware of this.

    Can anyone make any suggestions? I could contact them for more info.

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    Keir
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    Fortigo Freight Services have been a pleasure to work with. They are very efficient and provide great customer service. I am sure they will be able to help you. They can give you the best advice, as they did for me. Just like you, I went on a recommendation and I am very glad that I did.

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