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Cheapest one-way moving truck rental

March 24th, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Looking for cheap moving truck rental?

It doesn’t take long to figure out that the cheapest way to move one way usually involves doing some or all of the work yourself. Rental truck companies cater to tight budgets, but despite that, it’s still sometimes difficult to get the cheap rates you’re looking for – especially when you add in extra costs like fuel, sales tax and insurance coverage. To help you find the cheapest one-way moving solution, we’ll spend some time comparing the rates and services of the big three (U-Haul®, Penske® and Budget®) and take a look at U-Pack Moving – a low-cost alternative to truck rental.

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Who is the cheapest one-way moving truck company?

Comparing the cheapest moving truck rentals one way

To best compare prices, let’s look at an example one-bedroom apartment move from San Diego, CA to Houston, TX (1,466 miles). We’ll compare a 10 foot U-Haul truck, 10 foot Budget truck and a 12 foot Penske truck (their smallest sizes).

Note that these are example prices based on today’s rates – prices can change daily and depend on several factors, including where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving and how much you’re moving. We recommend comparing prices based on the details of your move, including an instant quote from U-Pack.

U-Haul One Way Truck Rental Rates

The U-Haul rate includes up to 6 days of use and 1,736 miles. The 10 ft. U-Haul rates breaks down like this:

  • Truck rental – $1,589
  • Safemove® truck rental coverage – $105
  • Fuel cost using the rental truck fuel calculator – $512
  • Environmental fee – $5
  • Sales tax at 8% in San Diego – $135.92
  • Total = $2,346.92

This U-Haul rental offers unlimited miles and included 6 rental days. With a day for loading and a day for unloading, you would have 3 days to travel from San Diego to Houston.

Budget One Way Truck Rental Rates

The Budget rate includes 7 days and unlimited miles. The 10 ft. Budget truck rental rates break down like this:

  • Truck rental – $1,444.50
  • Damage coverage – $167
  • Fuel cost – $512
  • Cost recovery fee 7 Days – $21
  • Energy recovery Fee 6 Days - $.78
  • Sales tax at 8% in San Diego – $117.30
  • Total = $2,262.58

This Budget rental offered unlimited miles and included 7 rental days. With a day for unloading and a day for loading, you would have five travel days.

Penske One Way Truck Rental Rates

The Penske rate includes 6 days and unlimited miles. The 12 ft. Penske truck costs break down this way:

  • Truck rental – $1,805.40
  • Limited Damage Waiver – $125
  • Fuel cost – $512
  • Environmental fee - $9
  • Sales tax @ 8% in San Diego – $155.15
  • Total = $2,606.55

This Penske rental offered unlimited miles and included 6 rental days. With a day for loading and a day for unloading, you would have four travel days.

So what does all of this mean?

In this particular example, Budget is the cheapest moving truck rental. However, with different circumstances, the outcomes may change. And remember that while you’re spending all of that money, you still have to spend the time and effort to drive the truck. Did you know there’s another way to move that’s comparable in price and you don’t have to drive?

Compare U-Pack to One Way Truck Rental

If you want to move cheap, there are options besides just truck rental. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” company known for affordable rates, great customer service, and flexible moving options. And customers agree that one of the best things about it is that you don’t have to drive – a professional driver delivers the truck door-to-door – no picking up the rental truck, do driving. Just pack, load and unload and you’re done!

U-Pack: the affordable alternative to one way truck rental

For the same example move from San Diego to Houston, U-Pack costs $1,505 for 7 linear feet in the moving trailer, which is similar in size to a 12 ft. rental truck (learn more about how to calculate linear feet). Or you could move in a ReloCube and pay $1,435 for one and $2,048 for two. If you go the trailer move route, you save over $700, AND you don’t have to drive.

Here are more reasons U-Pack is a great alternative to one-way moving truck rental:

  1. U-Pack does the driving for you, so you get to drive in the comfort of your own vehicle
  2. You get up to three business days to load and unload
  3. Fuel, taxes and basic liability coverage are included in your price
  4. You only pay for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum)

Your U-Pack quote includes taxes, fuel, the driver, and standard liability coverage. One low price – no surprises.

Is 7 feet of trailer space enough?

Because the moving trailer is wider and taller than a rental truck, 7 linear feet of the trailer is similar in loading space to a 12 ft. rental truck. But, with U-Pack you have the flexibility of paying only for the space you use, down to a 5 ft. minimum. That means, if you use less, you pay less. And, if you need more space, it’s always available. Your quote comes with a per-foot adjustment rate that you add or subtract based on the space you use. It’s an easy way to calculate your price as you load.

The same goes for the ReloCube. Reserve as many as you think you’ll need, but only pay for the ones you actually use.

If you need help figuring out how much trailer space you need, check out U-Pack space estimators.

How does moving one way with U-Pack work?

U-Pack makes moving one way easy!

  • We deliver the trailer or Cube to your home
  • You have three business days to load
  • We pick up the trailer or Cube and deliver to your new home
  • You have three business days to unload  
  • We pick up the empty equipment

What are you waiting for? Go U-Pack.

If you’re searching for cheap one-way moving truck options, get a free moving quote or call 800-413-4799 to start comparing U-Pack to truck rental.

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