I'm Moving. How Much Will It Cost to Tow My Car?

Towing prices during a move

When you’re planning an out-of-state move, you might wonder about the cost of towing a car. How much you’ll pay depends on the moving company, the type of vehicles you have and the distance you’re traveling. Learn what prices to expect and alternatives to towing a vehicle.

car being towed on a car trailer during a move


Towing costs will vary between moving companies

Although U-Haul®, Budget® and Penske® offer rental trucks and tow dollies or trailers for hauling vehicles, the prices usually vary greatly between the companies. Let’s look at a move from Boulder, CO, to Nashville, TN, for a 2-bedroom home in March 2023 using each company’s recommended equipment for moving a 2016 Ford Fusion.  

Note: The prices were accurate at the time of posting. Actual moving costs will vary. 

20' Truck $2,730 
Tow dolly $155
Damage and roadside coverage $137
Taxes and fees $315.31
Total cost $3,337.31


16' Truck $899.10
Car carrier trailer  $405
Liability, damage and roadside coverage $457.98
Taxes and fees $185.06
Discount* ($183.90)
Total $1,947.14

*Discount was automatically applied at checkout and will vary for each move.

20' Truck $1,918
Tow dolly or car carrier trailer $109 or $198
Basic coverage and towing insurance $327.50
Taxes and fees  $171
Total cost with tow dolly or car carrier  $2,525.50 or $2,614.50



How much does it cost to tow a car with a personal vehicle?

If you don’t want to haul a car behind a rental truck, U-Haul rents towing equipment for vehicles that meet their specifications. Using the example move from Boulder to Nashville, U-Haul offered two types of equipment for a 2019 Toyota Tundra Crew Cab to haul a 2016 Ford Fusion. Both prices included equipment, damage coverage, taxes and fees and were accurate at the time of posting. 

  • Tow dolly: $384.42 
  • Auto transport trailer: $724.02  

Note: There is an additional fee for renting a towing hitch and ball for your vehicle. 

Learn more about one-way trailer rental for a long-distance move

Is there a cheaper alternative to towing vehicles during a move?

You can move vehicles long-distance without having to tow them. If you’re using a self-moving company like U-Pack®, where we transport your belongings, you’re free to drive your car to the new home without the hassle of hauling it with a bulky rental truck. Depending on your vehicle’s gas mileage and the distance, driving is often cheaper than towing.

For example, a 1,200-mile drive in a car that gets 30 MPG would cost approximately $130 in fuel based on an average gas price of $3.23 per gallon. 

Don’t want to drive or tow? You can also ship vehicles long-distance. 

Have questions?

If you have any questions about U-Pack services or towing your vehicle while moving, let us know in the comments. We’re here to help!

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