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One Way Truck Rental: Information and Moving Quotes

March 4th, 2014 - 5:14 PM

Are you considering a rental truck for your one-way move?

My experience is that most people assume that if they want to move quickly and affordably, one-way truck rental is the way to go. But, fortunately, that’s just not the case anymore. Now there are low-cost options that allow you to do the packing, loading, and unloading, but have a professional drive the moving truck across the country.

Today let’s take a look at what you can expect from one-way truck rental, and then check out an alternative.  

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The 411 on One Way Truck Rental

Most truck rental companies offer two options: local and one way.

Like it sounds, with local you pick up and drop off the truck at the same location. But with one-way, you can pick the truck up in one location, and return it to another – whether that’s 30 miles away or 3,000 miles away.

Typically when you choose a drive-it-yourself rental truck service you have a either a mileage limit or a time limit. For example, depending on the distance of your move you may have a mileage limit of 500 miles and pay an additional amount for any miles driven over that limit. Or, you may be allowed to keep the truck for three days, and then have additional fees if the truck is not returned within that time.

Things to consider when you rent a one-way rental truck:

  • There will be extra costs. Your rate includes reservation of the truck for a certain mileage and/or number of days, but it doesn’t include fuel, damage coverage, taxes, highway tolls or (of course) travel expenses.
  • How many vehicles are you moving? Remember to calculate this expense into your moving cost. For example, my family owns two vehicles, and we have two drivers. If we chose one-way truck rental, we would need to tow one, have a friend drive with us to drive one, or make two trips. Either way, we would pay for excess fuel and spend extra time moving the vehicles.
  • Mileage and time limits can put you under unnecessary pressure. If you’re considering take your time traveling across the country, or take a scenic route, mileage or time requirements may prohibit it.  
  • Exact equipment availability isn’t always guaranteed. It’s important to read the fine print to determine whether the equipment you reserve online is guaranteed on your moving day. Many times it isn’t.

Alternatives to one way truck rental

As I mentioned before, there are options that offer rates that compare to truck rental, without having to drive the truck or pay for fuel (or those other extras).

With U-Pack, you pack, load, and unload, and professionals do the driving.

You’re free to travel however you want. Take your time, take the scenic route. We average transit time of 2-5 business days and can hold your shipment up to 2 business days after we arrive at the destination service center.

And, with U-Pack, you can take all the room you need. We deliver a 28 ft. moving trailer, or however many ReloCubes you need, you pack your stuff and pay only for the space you use.

Get a free quote from U-Pack today and compare to the one-way truck rental alternatives. Then, if you have any questions, or we can help in any way, feel free to comment or give us a call at 800-413-4799. We look forward to helping!