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Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks

August 21st, 2015 - 2:21 PM


Are you thinking about renting a Budget® truck?

One thing we've learned from our post-move survey is that during the research phase of choosing a moving service, many customers who chose U-Pack also considered renting a truck and driving it themselves. Budget® was one of the most common. We understand – Budget trucks are familiar, and they're often a more affordable option than full-service moving. To make the process of comparing U-Pack and Budget a little less complicated, we did some research, discovered some of the most frequently asked questions, and found the answers. Let’s take a look.

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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, 12' 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. Read more about car seats in rental trucks.

If you're planning to travel with children (or pets), U-Pack is an excellent alternative. We handle all the driving so that you can travel in your 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
  • 12-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. Read more about Budget truck rental gas mileage.

What type of fuel do Budget trucks use?

It depends on the trucks size. The cargo van, 12-foot truck, and 16-foot truck use gasoline. The 24-foot truck uses diesel.

What is size is the Budget truck’s fuel tank?

The cargo van, 12-foot truck, and 16-foot truck have a 35-gallon tank while the 24-foot truck has a 55-gallon tank.

How much does it cost to fuel a Budget truck?

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

What is the largest Budget truck?

The largest Budget truck is the 24-foot truck. According to the Budget 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 12’ truck (formerly called the 10’ truck) for small moves of 1-2 rooms.

What size Budget truck do I need?

According to Budget:

  • 12-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

  • 12-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 clearance height of a Budget truck?

Clearance varies by truck.

  • 12-foot truck has a 9-foot clearance
  • 16-foot truck has an 11-foot 6-inch clearance
  • 24-foot truck has a 13-foot 6-inch clearance

It's important to know your clearance height, so you don't hit anything overhead while driving.

Does Budget offer 10’ trucks?

Yes and no. They call their smallest truck a 12’ truck. However, it has 10’ of interior loading space, so it’s the same size as other companies' 10-foot truck.

Does Budget have trailers for rent?

Budget offers towing equipment, but not trailers for hauling household goods. They offer two types of towing equipment: a car carrier and a car dolly.  The car carrier is for four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles, and it attaches to 16' and 24' trucks. The car dolly is for front-wheel-drive vehicles and attaches to 16' and 24' trucks. There are no towing options available for the cargo van or the 12' truck.

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 ask it for mid-week and mid-month.

How much does it cost to rent a Budget truck?

Budget rates depend on the truck size and where you're moving to and from. 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 which 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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration doesn't regulate the number of miles non-commercial rental trucks can drive in a day, commercial drivers are limited 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.

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 toll charges are by axle. Budget trucks are 2-axle vehicles and are tolled as such. If you are towing a car, you'll add another two axles, for a four axle toll.

Does Budget offer insurance and protection?

Budget doesn't offer insurance; instead they offer a "damage waiver." You can do a Limited Damage Waiver that says you handle 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 where there is no coverage (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 there is coverage in the event of an accident.

What fees apply with a Budget truck?

  • There is a fee for adding a driver (it 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
  • There is an additional fee for insurance and/or the damage waiver

How does U-Pack compare?

Start by checking out this helpful post (and video) to get an overview of how U-Pack works.

You do the packing and loading, and U-Pack does the driving! There’s no additional charge for fuel or basic liability coverage, and you get to drive across country in the comfort of your own vehicle. So, no worries about things like how many people fit, whether you can put a car seat in the moving truck, pulling a trailer behind, etc. U-Pack makes it easy. And, if you’re moving long distance, chances are you’ll find that your U-Pack price is competitive with truck rental. Get a free moving quote today to start comparing. 

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!