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Truck Rental Comparison Guide

How to Choose the Best Rental Truck Solution

Truck rental is often thought of as the easiest way to move, but it still comes with a lot of planning and coordination. You’ll need to compare what each company offers, select a truck size, determine whether you’ll need towing, and decide how to manage the long drive. While some of these factors are easy to figure out, others require a little more consideration. Explore the details below to help you find the right solution for your move.   

Interested in an alternative moving service? U-Pack® offers prices comparable to truck rental, but we don’t require you to drive large, unfamiliar equipment. All you have to do is pack, load and unload, and we take care of the rest. No returning equipment or finding a local store — you’re free to travel in the comfort of your own vehicle.

Compare One-Way Truck Rental Companies

With so many choices available, it can be difficult to determine which truck rental company is best. While the service works similarly for all of them (you pack, load, unload and drive), the comparison often ends there. Since factors like price structure, equipment type and rental policies are unique to each company, you’ll want to take a close look at all of them before making a decision. See what makes these common truck rental services unique:

Understanding Costs

Adding things like fuel, sales tax, damage protection and highway tolls can make renting a moving truck more expensive than you originally thought. To make sure you’re choosing the best company, it’s important to compare how each one charges for their equipment and service. You may find that factors like mileage, fees for additional drivers, and travel expenses can make a huge difference in the overall cost.

Take a look at how much a sample move costs in this one-way rental truck cost comparison. We compare U-Haul rates to Budget, Penske and U-Pack to give a real-life cost example.

Looking for the cheapest price? Get tips for finding the cheapest rental truck here.

Selecting the Right Equipment

One of the biggest challenges that can come with renting a truck is selecting the right one. Each company offers a wide range of truck sizes, and the dimensions and capacity varies (even among similar equipment). This can make it difficult to know which one to get, and getting it right is critical. You’ll want room for all of your belongings, but you’ll want to avoid paying for unused space. Get tips for finding the right size truck here.

Need other equipment? Many truck rental companies also offer enclosed trailers and dollies for towing personal vehicles. These must be rented with a truck in most cases, and availability may change by location and equipment type. Keep in mind that towing often decreases fuel economy and limits safe driving speeds.

Worried about choosing the wrong size?

Selecting the right truck doesn’t have to be an issue — use U-Pack, where the space is flexible. We’ll estimate the space you’ll need based on your home size, but you can easily adjust what you use as you load. We have solutions for everything from small apartments to large homes. And since you can travel in your own vehicle, you won’t have to add towing equipment.

Moving Truck Rental FAQs

What kind of gas mileage do rental trucks get?

Because of their size and weight, rental trucks get considerably fewer miles per gallon than a personal vehicle. They average anywhere from 6-14 MPG, but actual fuel usage will depend on things like driving style and the weight of the load. See details for two common truck rental companies:

And calculate how much fuel will cost for your rental truck move here.

Will I have to stop at weigh stations?

Some states require trucks carrying household goods to stop at weigh stations. Before the trip, check with the Department of Transportation for each state you’ll be driving through to see if you’ll need to stop along the way. Read more about rental trucks at weigh stations.

What do I do if I’m traveling with a child?

If you’re traveling with young children, it’s possible they’ll need to ride in a separate vehicle since seating can be limited. Learn more about car seats and moving trucks.

Can a dog or cat ride in the truck?

Pets shouldn’t be placed in the cargo area, but they can usually ride in open seats (secured in a carrier or seatbelt adapter). Check the rental agreement for any restrictions on driving with pets in the equipment.

How much room will I need for parking?

Most trucks are designed to fit in the width of a standard parking space, but they may need extra room for length. Determine what’s needed by looking at the dimensions of the truck and adding additional space for the ramp and room to get items inside. For example, a truck that’s 32-feet long may need up to 42 feet of parking space while loading.

Will I need to buy insurance?

Liability coverage and damage protection are optional in most instances. Talk with your insurance agent (auto and home/renters) to see what coverage you’ll have and discuss the options. 

Is a special license required to drive a rental truck?

No special license is required in most cases, since trucks are not considered commercial vehicles. You’ll just need a valid, government-issued driver’s license. However, U-Haul does require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for 26-foot trucks in Quebec, Canada.

Note: While a special license isn’t typically required, there are some aspects to driving a truck that you should be aware of. Read this guide to driving a moving truck to make sure you’re prepared for the trip.

How to Move Without Driving a Rental Truck One-Way

Want to avoid hours behind the wheel of an unfamiliar truck? U-Pack is the perfect solution. There’s no picking up equipment, no worrying about stopping at weigh stations, and no need to pay extra for fuel. And even though you aren’t hauling them, your belongings still arrive quickly. Transit times average just 2-5 business days. It’s a convenient, affordable way to move without having to drive!

Get a quote online or call 877-453-7274 to see how much your move will cost.


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