Truck Rental Guide
Is a rental truck the cheapest way to move? Well, that's a tough question. Many "do-it-yourselfers" swear by the rental truck, but newer options like moving containers and freight trailers are giving the good ole rental a run for it's money.
moveBuddha is all about comparison. Use our moving cost calculator and this truck rental guide to make sure you make the best choice and get the best deal.
Every moving company generally offers the same set of services for a basic full service move. Keep in mind, there can be small differences between movers that add up to big costs. When getting quotes, ask every mover the same set of questions and be sure to write down their answers on the estimate paperwork.
You should work with your move coordinator to make sure you know exactly what you're responsible for to avoid surprises on moving day. This list should give you a head start on understanding what comes with a full service move.
- Rental truck
- Set amount of allowable miles (some companies offer unlimited)
- Set number of rental days
- Loading ramp (on trucks larger than 10ft)
- Fuel and tolls
- Help loading or unloading (Hire Moving Labor)
- Tailgate door lock
- Pads, straps, or blankets
- Dolly or hand-truck (sometimes available to rent)
- Insurance (available for purchase)
- Parking permits (if necessary)
- Packing supplies such as boxes, bubble, wrap, etc.
|Discounts||Free storage, box buy-back||Military, AARP, Student & More||Internet, AAA, Military, Student|
|Truck Sizes||10', 14', 17', 20', 24', 26'||12', 16', 24'||12', 16', 22', 26'|
|Car Tow||Car Dolly, Car Carrier||Car Dolly, Car Carrier||Car Dolly, Car Carrier|
|Trailers||Open and enclosed tow trailers||None||None|
|Payment Types||Credit card, cash||Credit card, cash, check||Credit card, cash, check|
|Deposit||No deposit w/ credit card, $100 deposit if cash||Refundable deposit required at pickup, amount varies||No deposit w/ credit card, $100 deposit if cash/check|
Top 10 Rental Truck Tips
Take notes, these rental truck tips could save you time and money
Get online quotes first
Start your search by getting quotes online. Rental rates are typically quoted lower online than over the phone.
Get multiple quotes
Rates can fluctuate based on demand so get quotes from all 3 companies.
Take advantage of price matching
Most of the time companies will beat or match their competitor's quote to earn your business
Truck clean out fee, mileage fees, equipment use fees, return fuel fee, etc. Check out our fees section for more info.
Avoid peak moving times
Avoid renting on weekends, holidays and at the beginning/end of the month if possible. Prices tend to be lower mid-week and mid-month when demand is lower.
Budget® & UHaul® both have partner networks. Rental policies and overall customer service can vary by location so make sure to check reviews on specific locations.
Call day before
You should book 2 weeks in advance, but make sure to call the day before to ensure your truck is still available.
Make sure to ask for the newest truck on the lot. Newer trucks are less likely to have maintenance issues and get the best gas mileage.
It's unlikely that your regular auto insurance will cover rental truck accidents. All companies offer affordable and decent insurance options.
Plan for the worst
Your reservation may get canceled at the last minute or the truck could break down mid-move. Have a plan and emergency funds set asisde ahead of time just in case something unexpected happens.
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