Why unlimited mileage matters
How far away are you moving? If it’s long distance and you’re planning to make the trip in a rental truck, companies that charge by the mile can cost more than you expect. But finding one that offers unlimited mileage isn’t easy — in fact, only one company offers it for one-way moves. Take a look at which company offers unlimited mileage and which ones charge by the mile, and then learn about an alternative way to move where you don’t have to worry about driving a moving truck at all.
Which truck rental companies offer unlimited mileage?
Before we dive too far into the details, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about how rental truck companies may handle mileage:
- Unlimited mileage — drive the truck as far as you want — there are no extra fees for mileage
- Miles/days included — the company gives a set number of days and miles for the specific locations you’re moving from and to and then charges for any miles you go over
- Charge per mile — every mile driven costs a set amount
The chart below gives an overview of what each company offers. Keep reading to learn more about their mileage policies.
How each truck rental company handles mileage for one-way moves
|Unlimited miles||Cost per extra mile|
|U-Haul®||No||$0.40/mile (one-way moves)|
|Budget®||No||One-way $0.80/mile (prepaid), $1.00/mile (after returning the truck)|
U-Haul doesn’t offer unlimited mileage. Instead, one-way U-Haul moves include a set number of days and miles, with additional miles costing $0.40 each.
Budget doesn't offer unlimited miles, either. One-way rentals include a set number of miles, and the cost for additional miles is based on when you add them. Adding before the move costs $0.85 each, and adding after the truck is returned costs $1.00 each.
Penske is the only moving truck company that offers unlimited mileage for one-way moves.
Looking for Enterprise® or Ryder®?
Enterprise doesn't offer one-way rentals, and Ryder no longer rents trucks for personal use.
How to move without worrying about mileage
If you’re on a budget and concerned about higher rental truck costs due to mileage and fuel (because those costs can add up for a long-distance move), or if the thought of driving a large rental truck across the country isn’t the least bit appealing, a service like U-Pack just might be the solution. It's a DIY service where you pack and load, and we deliver the equipment door to door. Since you don't do the driving, you don’t have to worry about mileage fees or paying more at the pump. Rates include equipment, transportation, liability coverage and fuel.
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U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Budget® is a registered trademark of Budget Truck Rental, LLC. Penske® is a registered trademark of Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. Enterprise® is a registered trademark of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Ryder® is a registered trademark of Ryder System Inc. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third-party.
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