Unlimited = Peace of Mind?
Puzzle 1: How Many Palindromes? by Chuck Coker, CC BY-ND 4.0
I wonder how many people opt to pay more for things like unlimited texting to avoid surprise charges at the end of the month. I do, though I’ve never needed it.
It may be similar to why people looking for cheap ways to move tend to gravitate toward truck rental companies offering “unlimited mileage.” The last thing you want at the end of an expensive long-distance move is a higher bill because a detour caused the price to increase. For many, there’s security in “unlimited.”
What does unlimited mileage mean?
It means you don’t have to worry about driving beyond a pre-set number of miles—you can drive as far as your heart desires (or your plans dictate). So, if a missed exit, an unexpected detour, or a different route increases your mileage beyond what was originally expected, your total price doesn’t change.
Though, I guess that’s not totally true. You’re responsible for fueling the rental truck, so driving further actually does mean more money. Don’t forget to calculate how much it costs to fuel a rental truck—and plan for a little extra, just in case.
It’s also important to note that while how far you drive may not be an issue with companies that offer unlimited mileage, how long you’re able to keep the truck probably is. Make sure to check on how many days you’re allowed. You may not have to pay extra for additional miles, but more days probably means a higher price.
Do all moving truck companies offer unlimited mileage?
Some do, but not all. Those that don’t typically give you a set number of miles, and require additional payment for any miles driven over that allotment. Then, there are those that charge by the mile. Here’s the information we found on each leading truck rental company’s view on unlimited mileage and the price of extra miles:
- U-Haul does not offer unlimited mileage. The allowed mileage is calculated based on the distance between your origin and destination, with a little extra built in. If you travel more miles than expected, you’ll pay an additional $.40 per mile.
- With Budget Truck Rental, the availability of unlimited mileage varies by pick-up location. If you’re moving from an area without the option, you can pay for extra miles in advance at a rate of $.60 per mile. If you wait to pay for additional miles at the end of your move, the cost goes up to $.75 per mile. And, it’s important to note that if you pay for additional miles ahead of time, but you don’t use them, they’re non-refundable.
- Ryder Truck Rental does not offer unlimited mileage. In fact, with Ryder, there are no allocated miles. Instead you pay per mile for the entire trip at a rate of $.29 per mile.
- Penske is the sole truck rental company offering “true” unlimited mileage (with no overage charges).
Pay Less Without Driving!
Unless you’re moving locally, truck rental—even with the added perk of unlimited mileage—just isn’t the easiest, most convenient way to move across the country. Most people would avoid it if they could.
And you can.
U-Pack is an excellent alternative!
No worries about mileage. We’ll deliver a moving trailer or container to your door, you load your belongings, then we’ll deliver it to the door at your destination. You get up to three days to load, three days to unload, and transit time averages 2-5 business days (depending on how far your move is).
And the great news is the price compares to truck rental.
You can get an instant moving quote online, or call us at 800-413-4799 to check out prices.
If you have questions about unlimited mileage, or you need help planning your U-Pack move, leave a comment below. As always, we’re happy to help!