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.
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.
|Damage and roadside coverage||$137|
|Taxes and fees||$315.31|
|Car carrier trailer||$405|
|Liability, damage and roadside coverage||$457.98|
|Taxes and fees||$185.06|
*Discount was automatically applied at checkout and will vary for each move.
|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.
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.
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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