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How much does it cost to rent a moving truck one way?

April 27th, 2015 - 1:25 PM

Look at the entire cost of one-way truck rental

Often when people ask about renting a moving truck for a one-way move, they’re looking for two things – ease and affordability. If those are you’re concerns, too, you’re in good company. While you’re going through the process of getting quotes and figuring out how much it’s going to cost, it’s important to look at more than just the price of renting the truck – there are almost always extra costs involved when it comes to one-way moving. Let’s take a look at what those extra costs might be, then at U-Pack, another type of moving company offering affordable moves without having to drive. 

One-way moving truck rental can be costly
Is a one-way moving truck the best option for your move?

What can you expect from a one-way truck rental quote?

Though the concept is the same, when it comes to cost, one-way truck rental differs from local truck rental. Instead of a flat rate based on truck size, the quote is calculated based on the locations you want to pick up and return the truck, and the supplies and extras you add (note that taxes normally aren’t included in the quote.)

And how does that compare to moving one-way with U-Pack? 

Before we get into cost and comparing prices, let’s give a brief explanation of how it works: U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service where you load and unload, and U-Pack does the driving. Your price is based on the space you use in a moving trailer or the number of ReloCubes you use. Learn more about how U-Pack trailer moves work.

Now, let’s do some comparing.

Keep in mind that these are example moves and prices will fluctuate based on when, where and how much you’re moving.

For this example, we’ll say you’re moving a 2-bedroom apartment from San Diego, CA to Atlanta, GA (2,139 miles). The quoted price for a 17-foot U-Haul® truck is around $2,448.00. When you add sales tax, fuel, and damage protection, the cost to rent the moving truck one way goes up to $3,541.25 ($752 for fuel, $135 for Safemove® coverage, $5.00 environmental fee, and $201.25 for sales tax). With this rental, instead of unlimited mileage; you get 7 days and 2,531 miles to complete your move.

Now check out U-Pack. You do the packing and loading, and U-Pack handles all the driving. The cost for 2 ReloCube moving containers is currently $3,357 and includes fuel, taxes, standard liability coverage and the driver.

In this scenario, you could save almost $200, and you don’t even have to drive the moving truck! It’s definitely worth checking out by getting a U-Pack moving quote.

So how much does it cost to rent a moving truck one way with U-Pack?

Getting an online moving quote is quick and super easy (and there’s no obligation). All you have to do is enter the locations you’re moving from and to, an estimated move date, and how much you’re moving (check out the space estimator tool if you need help with size). We’ll send your price, detailing how much it costs to move one way with either our moving trailer or ReloCube. Once you get your U-Pack quote, take a look at a couple of things – first, you may notice prices for both a trailer move and a ReloCube move. You get to choose which type of equipment you prefer.

Moving in a trailer

If you select a trailer move, you’ll notice the “adjustment price per ft.” beneath the price. This is the amount you can add or subtract if you need more or less space in the trailer. U-Pack offers awesome flexibility – you pay only for the space you use!

Moving in a Cube

If you choose ReloCubes, you pay only for the Cubes you use. If you have three Cubes delivered, but only use two, you only pay for two.

Here’s what I mean by that: Let’s say you’re moving a 2-bedroom apartment and the space estimator says you need 12 linear feet (typical for a 2-bedroom). If you load everything and actually fit into 10 linear feet, we’ll reduce your price instantly!

With either option, you don’t have to pay anything until your shipment is loaded and you know exactly how much space you use. Talk about convenient!

Compare one-way truck rental to U-Pack – Get a quote!

In some areas, like the example move above, U-Pack prices are significantly lower than truck rental. However, you’ll find that all across the country U-Pack prices are very competitive. These rates are for door-to-door delivery, and if you’re looking for even lower rates, check out our terminal delivery options.

St. Louis, MO to Houston, TX – 2 ReloCubes – $1,999

Memphis, TN to Phoenix, AZ – 2 ReloCubes –$2,250

Virginia Beach, VA to Miami, FL – 2 ReloCubes – $1,955

There’s only one way to check prices for your move: get a moving quote from U-Pack, then compare it to the truck rental companies. Just think how much easier moving could be if you didn’t have to drive an unfamiliar truck across the country.

If you have any questions about how one-way moving works with U-Pack, leave a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799. We look forward to helping!