Need to tow a car with a Budget® trailer rental?
If you’re thinking about renting a Budget trailer to tow your car, there are a few things to consider. Take a look at the different types of equipment Budget offers, learn how towing can impact your move and explore towing alternatives to make sure your move will go smoothly.
Budget trailer options
Budget offers two types of vehicle trailers:
- Car carriers
- Tow dollies
Car carriers are trailers that hold the entire car on a platform. They have a max vehicle width of 6’ 7” and a max capacity of 4,055 lbs. Car carriers are recommended for four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles.
Tow dollies hold the front two wheels, allowing the rear wheels to roll on the road. They can carry a vehicle up to 6’4” wide. Weight capacity is 3,330 lbs. for front-wheel-drive vehicles and 3,600 lbs. for all-wheel, rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. Tow dollies are best for front-wheel drive automobiles.
If you’re unsure which type of Budget trailer would be best for your make and model, you can use their online wizard to help you select the best option.
Things you should know before towing a Budget trailer
Towing equipment must be rented in conjunction with a Budget truck. Budget trailers have to be used with a moving truck and can’t be pulled with another vehicle.
- You’ll need more distance for braking. Since you’ll be driving in a large truck and towing a car behind, be careful when braking. Extra weight means more distance is required to stop.
- You can’t back up with the car dolly attached. It’s not a trailer and can’t be driven in reverse (car dollies swivel at both the coupler and the platform, making them difficult to maneuver in reverse), so use caution when parking. Only use pull-through spots. If you need to back up, you should offload the automobile, disconnect the trailer and move them separately.
- Budget recommends stopping for a safety check every 50 miles while towing. All that stopping can add more time to your trip.
- Auto Tow Protection coverage is extra. The optional Personal Accident/Cargo Protection and Damage Waivers don’t cover damage to a towed automobile. Instead, Budget offers trailer protection that covers damage to personal vehicles while being towed. Check Budget’s policy regarding limits and deductibles.
Make sure you’re prepared for the truck rental process — explore this rental truck how-to guide.
How to move without having to tow your car
If you’re unsure about driving with a car on a Budget trailer, consider an alternative method for moving. U-Pack® is a “you pack, we drive” moving service, so there’s no having to drive a rental truck, freeing you up to drive your vehicle instead of towing it (or we can refer you to an auto shipping service). Either way, you can move without adding a one-way Budget trailer rental to the stress of your move.
Rates include the moving equipment, transportation, fuel and liability coverage — and prices often compare to rental trucks (especially for long-distance moves). Get a moving quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077.
Have questions about Budget trailers?
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