Which truck rental company is the cheapest?
If you’re moving locally, you’ll probably find that most of the DIY truck rental companies you’re familiar with (like U-Haul, Budget, and Penske) offer very similar pricing, and the cheapest one often varies by location and truck size. But, if you’re moving long-distance, the cheapest moving truck rental may not be at a truck rental service at all.
Really? Is that even possible?
Yes, it is! Have you heard of U-Pack? It’s a DIY “you pack, we drive” moving company known for offering some of the most competitive prices in the industry. In most cases, U-Pack prices are very competitive with truck rental (sometimes even cheaper). The big difference is that you don’t have to drive a rental truck; we take care of that for you.
Consider this about truck rental:
Most rental trucks get an average of 6-10 miles per gallon. That’s not very “fuel efficient,” is it? If you’re moving 2,000 miles using the current national fuel average of $3.63, you can expect to pay somewhere between $725 and $1,210 just for fuel (depending on the size of the truck). And, keep in mind that if you’re towing a vehicle or driving through the mountains, the fuel economy is even worse.
Try out our Rental Truck Fuel Calculator to see the cost to fuel a rental truck for your move. Just enter in your locations and you’ll see the estimated price. Now add that cost of fuel to your rental truck quote (not to mention sales tax and damage protection), and your initial quote has the potential to increase significantly.
It’s also good to remember that when you travel in a rental truck, there are additional expenses not directly associated with the cost of renting the truck; they’re often referred to as “soft costs.” You’ll recognize these things as hotel stays, meals and snacks, highway tolls, etc.
Calculating the cost of a rental truck vs. U-Pack
Let’s think about how all these costs can add up the longer you’re on the road. If you’re towing a vehicle across the country, most rental truck companies recommend that you keep the truck at 55 MPH or under. So, for the same 2,000 mile move, if you drive 12 hours per day at 55 MPH, you can plan on driving about 660 miles per day. At that rate, it should take you three full days to get to your destination.
Now let’s say you let U-Pack do the driving while you drive your own vehicle across the country. If you drive at a rate of 70-75 MPH (the speed limit on most interstates), you should be able to drive 840-900 miles per day, which would put you at your destination in a little over 2 days.
So, even if you think you’ve found the cheapest moving truck rental, the extra costs can add up quickly. And let’s be honest, who really wants to spend three days in a rental truck if you can pay a similar price with U-Pack and drive your personal vehicle instead?
Is U-Pack really cheaper than moving truck rental?
For many people, the answer is “Yes!” In fact, 68% of U-Pack customers considered moving truck rental at first, but ultimately chose U-Pack for its competitive pricing (and the benefit of not having to drive a rental).
You can check to see if U-Pack is the cheapest moving truck rental for your move by getting a moving quote online, or by calling a U-Pack moving representative at 800-413-4799. Just keep in mind that with U-Pack, you don’t have to pay extra for fuel, taxes, standard liability coverage, OR the driver. Just pay based on the space you need in the moving trailer or the number of ReloCubes you use.
With U-Pack, you’re able to drive yourself in your own vehicle. That means fewer stops for fuel, better handling on curves in the road, and no worrying about your belongings sitting in a hotel parking lot overnight. And what if you’re traveling with kids? Rental trucks just weren’t designed with them in mind.
When you’re moving on a budget, finding the cheapest moving truck rental is a big deal. U-Pack may be the cheapest option for you. If you have any questions or need help finding ways to lower the cost of your move, let us know in the comments section below. We’re happy to help!
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