Comparing Truck Rental Rates to U-Pack
Rates That Compare to Truck Rental, But You Don't Have to Drive!
If you’re moving long distance, there’s a good chance you can do a “you pack, we drive” move—where you pack, load, and unload your belongings, and a professional driver moves it across the country—at rates that are very comparable to renting a truck and driving it yourself.
Even if intuition tells you that truck rental rates are cheaper than U-Pack (because doing everything on your own just feels like it would be the most affordable way to move), others who have used U-Pack would tell you that it’s definitely worth comparing.
A good place to start is with an online quote from U-Pack. It’s as simple as entering where you’re moving from and to, how much you’re moving, and when you’re moving. You’ll see the price online instantly.
On the quote, you’ll notice one or more equipment options to choose from: space inside a moving trailer or one or more ReloCubes. You can select the option that best fits your needs. With the trailer, rates are based on the linear footage your belongings take up in the trailer. You can load into as little as 5 linear feet if you’re moving a studio-size apartment, or as much as the entire trailer if you’re moving a 3-4 bedroom. And, you only pay for the space you use, regardless of what you reserve. ReloCube rates are based on the number of Cubes you use. So, you can reserve as many as you think you need, and pay for what you use.
Now, if you’re comparing U-Pack to truck rental rates, you’ll want to make sure you’re looking at similar sizes. For example, 21 linear feet of the trailer compares to a 26 ft. rental truck. This chart can help you compare the truck you’re considering to space in a trailer.
How U-Pack Beats Truck Rental Rates Almost Every Time
No extra charges
Truck rental companies like U-Haul, Penske, and Budget offer low prices for local moves, but when you’re moving long distance, there’s more to consider—namely fuel, damage coverage, taxes and tolls (not to mention hotel stays and food along the way). You won’t find those additional charges with U-Pack. All fuel, tolls, taxes and the driver are included in your price. Use the rental truck fuel calculator to figure out how much you’ll pay to fuel a rental truck.
You don’t have to drive
When we ask U-Pack customer why they chose U-Pack over other options, one reason consistently at the top of the list is, “I didn’t have to drive.” People just don’t like the idea of traveling across the country with a loaded rental truck. And why do it when you pay the same and get to drive across the country in the comfort of your own vehicle.
You can get there faster
If you’re towing a trailer or a vehicle, rental truck companies recommend staying under 55 mph, even if you’re driving on interstates where the traffic around you is going 70-75 mph. When you’re traveling cross-country, slower speeds mean more days on the road—you can expect to spend $30-$40 per person per day. In contrast, U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days. You get to drive in your own vehicle at you own pace—a time and money saver.
You don’t have to pay for space you don’t need
With U-Pack, you pay only for the linear footage your shipment takes up in the moving trailer or the number of Cubes you use. So, if there’s room left over, you don’t pay for space you don’t need. With truck rental, you pay for the entire truck, whether you need it or not. If you run out of room, you’re left to decide whether to leave it behind or pay additional fees to have it shipped another way.
How Does Your U-Pack Quote Compare to Truck Rental Rates?
Once you add up the extras, does U-Pack make more sense than truck rental for your move? If it does, we’re happy to help you plan! Just call a friendly U-Pack Moving Consultant at 800-355-1696.