What is a rental truck?
Rental trucks are usually cheaper than freight trailers but once you add in fuel and travel expenses the two options often come out fairly close in terms of total cost.
Moving containers tend to be a little pricier than rentals trucks but if you need temporary storage containers they can be a really great option.
It can be hard to determine if renting a truck is the best way to move especially if you’re moving long distance.
You’ll need to look at the total cost of renting a truck, including the cost of your sanity, and compare it to the alternatives.
Luckily, we put together this truck rental moving guide to help you make the right decision.
If you don’t feel like reading, use our moving calculator to get instant guidance on the best way to move.
- Typically most affordable (not always)
- Complete control over the move
- Easy to also tow a car
- Driving is a major hassle
- Fuel and tolls not included
- Insurance is limited
- Labor not included
|1 bedroom||2 – 3 bedrooms||4 – 5 bedrooms|
|250 miles||$900 – $1,400||$1,100 – $1,700||$1,800 – $2,700|
|1,000 miles||$1,300 – $1,800||$1,800 – $2,700||$3,200 – $4,100|
|2,500 miles||$1,800 – $2,700||$1,900 – $2,900||$4,500 – $5,800|
Top 10 rental truck tips
Takes 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.
Take advantage of price matching
Most of the time companies will beat or match their competitor’s quote to earn your business
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.
Call the day before
You should book 2 weeks in advance, but make sure to call the day before to ensure your truck is still available.
It’s unlikely that your regular auto insurance will cover rental truck accidents. All companies offer affordable and decent insurance options.
Get multiple quotes
Rates can fluctuate based on demand so get quotes from all 3 companies.
Truck clean out fee, mileage fees, equipment use fees, return fuel fee, etc. Check out our fees section for more info.
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.
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.
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.
What’s included with a rental truck?
Renting a truck is pretty straightforward. For local moves you pay for the mileage and number of days you use the truck.
For long distance moves rental truck companies will quote you a total cost which includes a fixed number of rental days and allowable mileage to complete your move.
Labor isn’t included with the rental truck but it’s not hard to hire some loading help if needed.
If you’re moving a car you can rent a car dolly to tow behind the truck as well.
- Loading ramp
- Fuel and tolls
- Help loading or unloading (hire moving labor)
- Parking permits, if necessary
- Pads, straps, or blankets (available to rent)
- Dolly or hand-truck (available to rent)
- Insurance (coverage varies by company)
- Packing supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap, etc.
How do I find a great truck rental deal?
We did the research and created a list of the best truck rental companies in 2018.
Hire some help
If you don’t want to be the one loading the rental truck now is the time to hire professional moving labor.
Don’t wait much longer or you may end up paying more!
One week before the big move
Make sure you have gathered, bought, or rented all of the moving supplies that you’ll need such as blankets, pads, straps, and moving boxes.
You don’t want to be left empty handed on moving day!
Make sure you have enough room to park the truck so that you can minimize the distance from your residence to the loading ramp.
It’s up to you to drive the truck to your destination. If you have trouble with the truck, you’ll have to wait until a mechanic can reach you.
You made it your destination and have to get everything unloaded. Don’t forget that you can hire moving labor for this part as well.
Make sure to clean the truck completely before returning it to avoid cleaning fees!
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