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Budget® Truck Rental Gas Mileage

August 15th, 2018 - 1:18 PM

What is the gas mileage of a Budget® truck?

According to their website, Budget trucks get the following gas mileage:

  • 12-foot truck: 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-foot truck: 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-foot truck: 8-10 miles per gallon (diesel fuel)

Why is fuel usage important? Because fuel isn’t included in the cost to rent a truck, and the extra cost of fuel can significantly impact your moving budget. In fact, if you’re traveling long-distance, it’s entirely possible that fuel could as much double the price of your move — turning an economical option into something more expensive.

The impact of Budget truck gas mileage

To see how gas costs can change moving costs, look at a few examples using current fuel prices:

  • From Atlanta, GA to Oklahoma City: $335
  • From Seattle, WA to Dallas, TX: $838
  • From San Francisco, CA to Charlotte, NC: $1,092

If that seems like a costly addition, consider a moving company where fuel is included. U-Pack® is a “you pack, we drive” service that includes the moving equipment, transportation, liability coverage and fuel. Get a free moving quote to check rates. 

image of fuel pumps

Fuel tank size

Along with the cost of fuel, consider the size of the tanks. Rental trucks have larger tanks than personal vehicles, so you’ll be paying more at each stop to fill up. According to their website, here are the different Budget fuel tank sizes:

  • 12-foot truck: 35-gallon tank
  • 16-foot truck: 33-gallon tank
  • 26-foot truck: 50-gallon tank (diesel fuel)

Budget truck gas mileage calculator

Want to determine the overall fuel expenses for a move? Take the distance between the origin and the destination (in miles) and divide by the truck’s average miles-per-gallon. Then multiply that by the average fuel cost. It looks like this:

Miles (divided by) Average Miles-Per-Gallon= Gallons of Fuel.

Then, take Gallons of Fuel (times) Average Fuel Cost= Cost of Gas for the Move.

Don’t want to figure it out by hand? Use this rental truck fuel calculator to get an estimated cost based on current national fuel prices and the distance between locations. 

The cost for each fuel stop

Wondering how much you’ll spend each time to stop to fill up the tank of the Budget truck? Multiply the tank size by current gas prices. 

For example, a 26-foot truck has a 50-gallon tank. At an average of $3.16 per gallon for diesel fuel, you can expect to pay around $158 to fill the tank from empty. And remember, Budget rentals have to be returned with a full tank (or if you picked it up with less than a full tank, you’d fill it to that level), so don’t forget to add that cost to the total.

Compare to U-Pack

Want to see how you can move without having to drive a rental truck or pay extra for fuel? Compare the truck rental total (equipment plus fuel) to a U-Pack quote. For long-distance moves, it may actually be cheaper and more convenient than a Budget move. 

Have questions about the move?

If you need help calculating fuel costs for a Budget truck or want a U-Pack quote to compare, let us know in the comments or give us a call at 800-413-4799


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