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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

April 16th, 2015 - 11:10 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. So, when you’re driving your rental truck, if you miss an exit, take an unexpected detour, or a different route increases your mileage beyond what was originally expected, your total price doesn’t change.

Things to Consider about Unlimited Mileage

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

It’s also 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. Check to see if there are a set number of days for the rental, and if that’s the case, check on the cost to add additional days.
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Do you need unlimited mileage for your move?

Do 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 miles you go over. When 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.

Does U-Haul offer unlimited mileage?

U-Haul doesn’t 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. 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. If you’re moving from an area without the option, you can pay for extra miles in advance at a rate of $.70 per mile. 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 our example move from Dallas to San Diego, Budget included unlimited miles for six days. Additional days were available at $70 per day prior to pick up, and for $85 after pick up, and they’re non-refundable.

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 is the sole truck rental company offering “true” unlimited mileage (with no overage charges).  But there are day limits. The same 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 – even with the added perk of unlimited mileage – isn’t the most convenient way to go. 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!

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). No worries about mileage, fuel, or driving.

And the great news is the price often compares to truck rental.   

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!