Don't Rent A Truck Until You Calculate the Gas Cost
When you move cross country, the cost of fuel can significantly increase your rental truck price.
Here’s an example: If you moved from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA in a rental truck, you could expect to pay approximately $1,400 in fuel alone. If the cost to rent a truck is $3,000, you would end up spending more than $4,400 to rent the truck and drive it yourself. And that doesn't include taxes, damage coverage, or other travel expenses.
Truck rental certainly isn't the most convenient option, and if you're moving long distance, it may not be the cheapest either.
To estimate how much it costs to fuel a U-Haul®, Penske®, or Budget® truck, just enter your locations into the Fuel Cost Calculator and click "Calculate."
Rental Truck Fuel Estimator
Whether you’re considering U-Haul, Budget, or Penske, your fuel estimate can fluctuate based on truck size, terrain, how much is loaded into the truck, and whether you’re towing a vehicle or trailer. For instance, a fully-loaded rental truck, towing a vehicle, and traveling through the mountainous regions to the West would get worse gas mileage than a half-full truck, traveling through West Texas. The charts below represent the miles per gallon and fuel tank size of each of the major rental truck companies. Keep in mind that the miles per gallon listed is best case scenario.
Forget Paying for Fuel. Go U-Pack!
Did you know that with U-Pack, you don’t have to pay extra for fuel, sales tax, or standard liability coverage – and you don’t have to drive? It’s all included in the price.
And speaking of price, when you move long distance, U-Pack prices are often on par with what you'll pay to rent a truck and drive it yourself. So go ahead, get a free moving quote online or call 800-355-1696. U-Pack representatives are here to help Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST.