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November 6th, 2017 - 9:20 AM

How Budget® Truck Gas Mileage Impacts your Move​

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

  • 12-Foot Truck (local and one way): 8-14 miles per gallon
  • 16-Foot Truck (local and one way): 6-10 miles per gallon
  • 26-Foot Truck (local and one way): 8-10 miles per gallon (uses diesel fuel)

To see how Budget moving truck gas mileage can impact final moving costs, use this helpful rental truck fuel calculator.

When it comes to moving long distance, the gas mileage a rental truck gets can have a significant impact on your moving costs. Because of that, it’s a good idea to calculate fuel costs ahead of time. If you're traveling coast-to-coast, it's entirely possible that fuel could as much as double the price of your move — turning what was once an economical solution into something much more expensive. Let's spend some time looking at the gas mileage of a Budget rental truck, current fuel costs and how a "you pack, we drive" moving service can help you avoid extra fuel costs.

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Gas mileage of a Budget truck

As you probably know, the average miles per gallon of a rental truck is likely significantly lower that your personal vehicle’s mpg — meaning a rental truck will use more fuel for the same trip. As you look into gas mileage details for Budget trucks, it’s important to note that the stated average gas mileage is normally for an empty truck. Miles per gallon decreases with a fully loaded rental truck. According to Budget’s website, things like truck size, road conditions, driving habits and the load itself can impact fuel usage.

Fuel tank size

Rental trucks have larger gas tanks than most personal vehicles, which means they hold more fuel. Here’s what to expect from a Budget truck:

  • 10-foot truck: 35-gallon tank
  • 16-foot truck: 33-gallon tank
  • 24-foot truck: 50-gallon tank (uses diesel fuel)

Calculating the cost to fill up a Budget truck

To determine how much you’ll spend each time you fill up the tank of a Budget truck, multiply the truck’s tank size by current gas prices. For example, if the current gas price is $2.45 and you’re planning to rent a 16-foot truck, you’ll multiply 33 by $2.45. So in this example, it will cost $80.85 for each full tank of gas. Budget rentals have to be returned with a full tank (or if you picked it up with less than a full tank, you’ll fill it to that level), so don’t forget to add that cost to your total.

To figure out how much gas mileage impacts your moving costs, there are two ways to do the math:  

Fuel Calculator. The easiest way to determine your fuel cost is to use the U-Pack rental truck fuel calculator. Just enter the cities and states you're moving from and to, then click "Calculate." You'll get an estimated truck rental fuel cost based on current national fuel prices.

Manual calculation. To determine the cost of fuel by hand, follow this easy formula:  Divide the total miles of your trip by the truck’s average miles-per-gallon the multiply that by the average fuel cost. The number you get is the estimated total cost of fuel for your trip.

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

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

Example fuel costs

To see how gas mileage can impact moving costs, let’s look at an example move from Atlanta, Georgia to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This move covers around 850 miles. If you took a 26-foot rental truck, averaging around 8 mpg, you would use about 106 gallons of fuel. If the national average for diesel fuel is $2.78, you would multiply 106 by $2.78 for an average fuel cost $294.68. 

How to move without paying extra for fuel

If the thought of paying for fuel on top of renting a Budget truck seems like too much, consider a moving service that includes fuel. With U-Pack®, fuel isn’t an extra cost. And, you don’t have to drive! Simply pack and load your belongings and we’ll deliver it to your new home.

Compare your truck rental quote (plus the cost of fuel) to your U-Pack quote and you may find that moving with U-Pack is the way to go! In cases where U-Pack prices are a little higher, many find that the convenience of not having to drive a rental truck is worth it.

Get a moving quote to compare

Check out how U-Pack compares to Budget rental trucks with a free moving quote. U-Pack makes moving easy — and you may find that it’s a better deal, too!

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