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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

December 29th, 2015 - 10:26 AM

What does unlimited mileage mean?

It means you can drive as far as your heart desires (or your plans dictate) without worrying about a pre-set number of miles that you can’t go over without exceeding your rental truck agreement. So if you miss an exit, take an unexpected detour or a different route increases your mileage beyond what was planned, your rental rate doesn't change if you have unlimited mileage. And although mileage isn’t restricted, your rental time may be. Let's take a look at which moving truck companies offer unlimited mileage and how to move without worrying about extra charges. 

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Things to Consider about Unlimited Mileage

It’s important to note that while the distance you drive may not be an issue with companies offering unlimited mileage, how long you’re able to keep the truck may be. And, you may have to pay more if you use it longer. For example, Penske one-way trucks come with unlimited mileage, but a set number of days. If you need additional days, those cost $50 per day. 

And though it may seem like it, unlimited mileage doesn’t mean you won’t have extra costs for driving a longer distance; you’re still responsible for fueling the rental truck. So driving further with those ‘free miles’ actually can mean more money. You can easily calculate how much it costs to fuel a rental truck to plan for those extra costs.

Do moving truck companies offer unlimited mileage?

Some do, but not all. Some companies may give you a set number of miles and require additional payment for miles you go over. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to figure out whether the mileage is sufficient – especially when you consider trips to and from drop off and pick up locations and side trips along the way. There are also those that charge by the mile. When that’s the case, it’s important to figure out the total number of miles you’ll be driving to avoid an unwelcome surprise at the end of your move.

Let’s see how each moving truck rental company handles unlimited mileage.

Does U-Haul offer unlimited mileage?

U-Haul doesn’t offer unlimited mileage. They give you a certain number of miles and days with your rental. 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. For example, for a move between Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA, which is 1,358 miles, U-Haul allows 5 days and 1,604 miles – a cushion of just 246 miles.

Does Budget offer unlimited mileage?

The availability of unlimited mileage with Budget varies by pick-up location. Locations without unlimited miles give you an allotted number of miles – and you can prepay for additional miles at $.70 each. If you wait to pay for additional miles at the end of your move, the cost goes up to $.85 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.

For locations that do offer unlimited miles, you might have to pay to add days. To add additional days, you would pay $70 per day before pick up, and for $85 after pick up, and they're non-refundable.

For our example move from Dallas to San Diego, Budget included unlimited miles for six days.

Does Ryder offer unlimited mileage?

Ryder Truck Rental doesn't offer unlimited mileage. In fact, with Ryder, you can only rent roundtrip, so you must return the rental to the original location. There are no allocated miles. Instead, you pay per mile. Rates vary depending on your location and equipment.

Does Penske offer unlimited mileage?

Penske has two types of moves: one-way and round-trip. A one-way move is where you pick the truck up at one location and drop it off at another. Penske provides unlimited mileage (with no overage charges) for one-way moves.  However, one-way moves with Penske have day limits. The other type of move with Penske is a round-trip move, where you pick and return to the same location. If you’re doing a round-trip move with Penske, you pay per mile.

Our sample move from Dallas to San Diego comes with six days from Penske. You can purchase additional days for $50 before your move, but they are non-refundable if you don’t use them.

How to move without worrying about rental truck mileage?

If you’re moving long distance, truck rental isn’t always the most convenient way to go – even with the added perk of unlimited mileage. Not only do you have to do the packing, loading, and unloading, but you also have to pick up the truck, drive it across the country, and pay for fuel. Most people would tell you they’d avoid it if they could.

And you can.

U-Pack is an excellent alternative to renting a moving truck.

We’ll deliver a moving trailer or container to your door, you load your belongings, and 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). No worries about mileage, fuel, or driving.

And the great news is the price often compares to truck rental – without the worry of mileage.   

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!