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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

July 11th, 2016 - 2:35 PM

What is unlimited mileage?

Unlimited mileage for rental trucks means driving as far as your heart desires (or your plans dictate) without worrying about exceeding your rental  agreement – a great concept if you’re moving and have to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles. That way if you happen to miss an exit, take an unexpected detour or need to reroute, you’re covered. However, while mileage isn’t restricted, your rental time may be. This means if you go over the amount of days given, you might pay more. So, which companies offer unlimited miles? And is there an alternative way to move cross country without having to worry about mileage, time restraints and the extra charges they cause?

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Do moving truck companies offer unlimited miles?​

Not all companies offer unlimited miles, so it’s important to do some research before you reserve a truck. For those that do, keep in mind that though it may seem like it, having countless miles doesn’t mean you won’t have extra costs. You’ll still have to pay for things like fuel and road tolls – so driving cross country with ‘free miles’ can still be expensive. Be sure to use our rental truck fuel calculator to figure out gas costs before your move.

If the company doesn’t offer unlimited mileage, there are a few different ways they can charge for miles. They may allot a set number of miles and require additional payment for miles you exceed. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to figure out whether or not the mileage is enough (consider trips to and from drop off and pick up locations and detours along the way, too). There are also truck rental companies that charge by the mile. If using those companies, you may want to calculate the total number of miles you’ll be driving to avoid an unwelcome surprise at the end of your move.

Comparing rental truck companies

Let’s look at how U-Haul®, Budget®, Ryder®, Penske® and Enterprise® handle unlimited miles truck rental. Check out the chart below to see which truck rental companies offer unlimited mileage.

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U-Haul

There are no U-Haul unlimited miles for customers. They give you a certain number of miles and days, which are calculated based on the distance between your origin and destination, with a little extra built in.  If you travel farther or take longer than expected, you’ll pay an additional $0.40 per mile and $40 per day.

For local moves, U-Haul offers In-Town® truck rentals – also called round-trip moves. Round-trip moves mean you have to return the rental to its original location. You’ll pay according to the number of days and miles you use and are also responsible for keeping it fueled.

Budget

The availability of unlimited mileage with Budget varies by location. Locations that don’t offer countless mileage will give you a set number of miles and days. If you need more, you can prepay at $0.70 per mile and $70 per day. You can wait to pay for additional miles and days, but the cost increases to $0.85 per mile and $85 per day.  Unused miles and prepaid days are non-refundable with Budget.

Budget also offers round-trip moves where you’ll pay by the day and mile.

Ryder

Ryder truck rental doesn’t offer unlimited mileage. They only rent round-trip and you pay per mile. Rates vary depending on your location and equipment.

Penske

Penske has one-way and round-trip moves. If you choose a one-way move, you’ll have unlimited miles, but limited days to get to your destination. You can purchase more days for $50 before your move (non-refundable) or $100 afterwards.

Round-trip moves with Penske are charged per mile and rates vary depending on distance and equipment type.

Enterprise

Enterprise is similar to Ryder because they only allow customers to complete round-trip moves. There is no set number of miles, and rates vary according to location and type of rental.

How to move without worrying about mileage

If you’re moving long distance, truck rental isn’t always the most convenient way to go – even if you choose a company that offers unlimited miles. You'll drive to pick up the truck, drive back to your location to pack and load, drive the rental truck across the country (paying for fuel along the way), unload your items, then drive the truck to the nearest location for drop-off.

U-Pack® is an excellent alternative to moving truck rental with comparable rates! Our prices already include costs like fuel, road tolls, sales tax, liability coverage and the driver, and there are never any hidden fees or charges. Here’s how moving with U-Pack works:

  • We deliver a moving trailer or container to your door
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive to your new home (estimated time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload
  • We pick up the empty equipment

Moving can be stressful enough without having to worry about mileage, fuel and driving – so don’t! Try the U-Pack way and see how easy and convenient your move can be. Get a free online moving quote or call a U-Pack representative at 800-413-4799 to check out prices.

If you have questions about moving truck rental unlimited mileage or need help planning your U-Pack move, leave a comment below. As always, we’re happy to help!

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