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Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks

October 20th, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Are you thinking about renting a Budget® truck?

(post updated 10/20/14)

Because so many people who consider Budget also consider U-Pack®, we were curious about how they compare. So, we did some research, discovered some of the most frequently asked questions and found the answers.

If you’re moving long distance, searching for a low-cost way to move, and prefer to drive in the comfort of your own vehicle, check out U-Pack then compare to Budget. Get a free moving quote online 24/7 or call us at 800-413-4799.


Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks

How many people can fit in a Budget truck?

It depends on which size truck you rent. Budget’s cargo van, 10’ truck and 16’ truck can seat two passengers. Three passengers can fit in the 24’ truck. There are no 4-passenger or 5-passenger Budget trucks.

Do Budget trucks have a back seat?

No, they have front seats only.

Can you put a car seat in a Budget truck?

It isn’t recommended – especially with infant rear-facing car seats. In most states, the law requires child restraint seats to be installed in the back seat, and Budget trucks do not have back seats.   

If you’re planning to travel with children (or pets) U-Pack is a great alternative. We handle all the driving, so you can travel in your own vehicle. And, the price compares to truck rental!

How many miles per gallon does a Budget truck get?

Miles per gallon varies by truck size

  • Cargo van gets 8-14 MPG
  • 10-foot truck gets 6-10 MPG
  • 16-foot truck gets 6-10 MPG
  • 24-foot truck gets 8-10 MPG

Note that these estimates are for empty trucks—loaded trucks use more fuel.

Do Budget trucks use gas or diesel?

The cargo van, 10 foot truck, and 16 foot truck use gasoline. The 24 foot truck uses diesel.

What is the fuel tank size of a Budget truck?

The cargo van, 10 foot truck and 16 foot truck have a 35 gallon tank, while the 24 foot truck has a 55 gallon tank.

How much will gas cost in my Budget truck?

Use our handy rental truck fuel calculator to determine your fuel cost for your trip.

What is the largest Budget truck?

The largest Budget truck is the 24 foot truck. According to the Budget Truck Rental website, it can hold the contents of 5-8 rooms and up to 12,000 lbs.

What is the smallest Budget truck?

Budget offers a 10’ truck for small moves of 1-2 rooms.

What size Budget truck do I need?

According to Budget:

  • 10 foot truck holds 1-2 rooms
  • 16 foot truck holds 3-4 rooms
  • 24 foot truck holds 5-8 rooms

What is the weight limit for a Budget rental truck?

The weight limit varies by truck

  • 10 foot truck has a 3,100 lb. weight limit
  • 16 foot truck has a 3,400lb. weight limit
  • 24 foot truck has 12,000 lb. weight limit

What is the Budget truck rental age requirement?

In most states you can rent a Budget truck as long as you're 24 years old. In some locations drivers 18-23 can pay a $25 per day surcharge and rent with two forms of identification (one being a valid driver’s license).  

Once I rent a Budget truck, is the size truck I requested guaranteed?

It’s not guaranteed, but Budget advises that it’s more likely that you’ll get the size you request if you reserve early and request it for mid-week and mid-month.

How much does it cost to rent a Budget truck?

Budget rates depend on truck size and where you’re moving to and from. In order to determine rates, you’ll need to get a quote online or by phone.

Can I rent a Budget truck without a driver’s license?

No, a valid driver’s license is required.

Do Budget trucks have to stop at weigh stations?

That depends on the state you’re driving through. Check out this extensive list to see if you’ll need to stop.

How far can you drive in one day in a Budget truck?

Though the number of miles that can be driven in a day isn’t regulated for non-commercial rental trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits commercial drivers to 11 hours of drive time per day. If you plan to stick to that limit and you travel at 55 mph (the recommended speed if you’re pulling a trailer), it would take about 11 hours to drive 600 miles.

Can I tow my vehicle with a Budget truck?

Yes, as long as you use the towing equipment approved by Budget.

How fast can you drive in a Budget truck?

The maximum speed for most trucks is 75 mph. If you’re towing a vehicle, the maximum recommended speed is 55 mph.

Do I have to pay a deposit to rent a Budget truck?

A deposit is required—the amount and payment method varies by location.

Do I need a credit card to rent a Budget truck?

A $150 credit card hold is required to reserve a rental, and you can pay for your rental with credit card or cash.

What are the tolls on a Budget truck?

Most tolls are charged per axle. Budget trucks are 2-axle vehicles and will be tolled as such. If you are towing a car, you’ll add another two axles, for a 4 axle toll.

Does Budget offer insurance and protection?

Budget doesn’t offer insurance. Instead, what they offer is a “damage waiver.” You can do a Limited Damage Waiver that says you’re responsible for the first $500 of damage, or a Physical Damage Waiver that says you’re not responsible for any damage to the truck. If you select this optional coverage, make sure to check out the instances that aren’t covered (like overhead damage and damage to the side wall of the tires).

Also, if you have to file a claim, be prepared to pay an administrative fee and a “loss of use” fee.

Will my car insurance cover a Budget rental truck?

In most cases, it doesn’t. It’s important to check with your insurance carrier before picking up the rental truck to make sure you’re covered in the case of an accident.

What fees apply with a Budget truck?

  • There is a fee for adding an additional driver (the fee ranges from $12-$31 depending on the number of days)
  • There is a $25 per day surcharge for drivers age 18-23
  • There is a $50 fee for canceling your rental within 48 hours of pickup
  • There is an $85/day and $0.85 per mile late-return fee if you keep the truck longer than agreed upon
  • There is an administrative fee for filing a damage claim
  • An additional fee is charged for adding insurance and/or damage waiver

Do you have other questions about Budget truck rental? Leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to find the answer for you!

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