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October 10th, 2012 - 2:12 PM

U-Haul Rates: Information and Comparisons

Moving soon? I have a few questions for you. How much are you moving? Where are you moving to? When are you moving? Your answers will help determine both your U-Haul rate and your U-Pack rate. Though U-Haul and U-Pack are completely different types of services, customers tend to compare the two when they find that the prices (for long-distance moves) are typically very similar. So, let’s start by exploring what you get with your U-Haul rate (based on my research), then move on to how it compares to U-Pack.

U-Haul rates vary based on truck size.

U-Haul offers 10’, 14’, 17’, 20’, and 26’ trucks. Of course, how much you’re moving determines what type of truck you need. But what you’ll probably find is that availability can also play a part. A few years ago, I needed a 10’ truck for a local move. But, when it came time to reserve, a 10’ truck wansn't available at the rental location. So instead I rented a 17’ truck and ended up paying for wasted space. Yes, U-Haul offers a Reservation Guarantee, but it doesn’t apply to the initial intake of the reservation. Instead, the rental location contacts you the day before your requested pick-up date to schedule the equipment, pick-up date, pick-up time and location – and a that time, it’s guaranteed.  

U-Haul rates vary depending on how you use the truck.

Are you moving locally or long distance? U-Haul has two types of rentals based on where you’re moving. If you plan to use the truck in-town (meaning you pick it up and drop it off at the same location), you’re provided a set rental rate with additional charges for each mile you drive. If you do a one-way truck rental (pick it up at one location, and drop it off at another), your rate includes a set amount of days and miles—and you can pay extra for additional days or miles.

For example, when getting U-Haul rates for a rental truck from Atlanta to Dallas, the rate includes 923 miles and four days. The actual distance between the two towns is 780 miles, so you get some extra miles built in. You only have four days to use the truck. So on average, you would get one day to load, two days to drive, and one day to unload. Additional days would come at an extra cost.

U-Haul rates don’t include the extras.

And by extras, I mean fuel (expect 6-10 mpg in most trucks), damage coverage, sales tax, highway tolls and other rentals/purchases like a tow dolly or trailer. It all adds up.

Here is the breakdown of a sample U-Haul rate for a move from Atlanta to Dallas.

I visited uhaul.com to get U-Haul rates for a move from Atlanta to Dallas—just to compare. Here’s the breakdown: The base cost for a 26’ truck would be $727. Then, add $206 for damage protection insurance, $5 in fees, and I calculated around $400 for fuel (780 miles). Add a tow dolly and it’s an additional $117 (which also makes the truck less fuel efficient and adds to gas costs). In summary, U-Haul’s rate for moving a 3-4 bedroom home in a 26’ truck, and towing your car, would be around $1500 (more when you add tax).

Are there other moving options? What about a low-cost alternative?

Like I mentioned before, ABF U-Pack is often compared to truck rental. See, when you’re moving long distance, U-Pack rates are often very similar to U-Haul rates—but you don’t have to pay for extras like fuel or sales tax. And with U-Pack, you don’t have to tow your car because you can drive it! How? Well, U-Pack drives the moving truck, so you’re free to drive across the country in your own vehicle. Customers consider that a win-win!

And forget the time restraints! U-Pack gives you a flexible three days to load, and three days to unload—so take your time! Then, with transit times averaging 2 to 5 business days, you’ll get your belongings quickly!

And lastly, with U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use, so no paying for wasted space.

The same Atlanta to Dallas move, but with U-Pack.

For the purposes of this post (and comparison), I got a quote for the same move from Atlanta to Dallas, using 21 linear feet of trailer space (equivalent to a 26’ rental truck) during an off-peak time. With U-Pack, that move will cost around $1,400. That’s it. No fuel, no fees, no taxes. And you don’t have to drive! A cheaper move that includes more? How can you go wrong?

Want to know how much your move would cost with U-Pack?

Getting a moving quote for your specific locations is simple. Just enter some basic information about your move and, in most cases, you’ll see your price instantly. Now, compare it to your U-Haul rate (after you’ve added the additional costs) and I think you’ll see where you can save time, money, and stress with U-Pack.

Have questions about how U-Haul rates compare to U-Pack rates? Leave a comment below. We’ll be happy to help!