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Do gas prices impact moving costs?

February 13th, 2014 - 11:06 AM

What’s the big deal with gas prices, anyway?

We get it; you’re used to stopping at the gas station week after week to fill up your personal vehicle, and the cost isn’t that bad (even at $3-3.50/gallon) In fact, the average fuel economy for new cars is 29.4 MPG – nope, not bad at all. So, when your friend tells you that gas prices could significantly impact the cost of your upcoming long-distance move, you might feel a little skeptical (and that’s completely understandable). But…what if they’re right?

Do gas prices impact moving costs?

It depends on how you move. If you choose the truck rental route, you’ll definitely want to factor the cost of gas into the equation. Think about it this way – your car probably gets somewhere between 20-30 MPG. Rental trucks, on the other hand, usually get between 6-12 MPG. That’s a BIG difference.

To help better illustrate how gas prices impact your moving costs, let’s compare moving in your personal vehicle that gets 25 MPG to a rental truck that gets 9 MPG. Let’s say you’ll be moving from sunny San Diego to the windy city of Chicago (a 2,077 mile move), and spending $3.50/gallon at the pump.

Using this simple equation, Total miles ÷ MPG x Gas Price, we can calculate the estimated gas mileage for both a personal vehicle and a rental truck.

  • For a rental truck, the gas price for the trip would be $807.72
  • For your personal vehicle, the gas price for the trip would be $290.78

Whoa. That’s a difference of $576.94! Maybe your friend was right – gas prices can significantly impact your moving costs.

If you’re curious to see how gas prices could affect your moving costs, use the equation above, or try out our Rental Truck Fuel Calculator for an instant calculation. Just enter where you’re moving to and from and click “Calculate.”

How do I move long distance without paying for gas in a rental truck?

It can be pretty shocking to see just how gas guzzling rental trucks can be. It might even spur you on to search for an alternative way to move affordably without draining your bank account at the pump. If you’re searching for something different, then you’ll be happy to know that there is an option that can be just as affordable as truck rental, but fuel and transportation are included in the price.

Say what? Fuel and transportation included for a price comparable to truck rental? You’re joking.

Not kidding. It’s called U-Pack®, a “you pack, we drive” moving company. U-Pack offers competitive rates to truck rental, and takes the burden of driving a rental truck (and paying those outrageous rental truck fuel prices) off your shoulders. Here’s how it works:

  • A moving trailer or ReloCube moving container(s) is delivered to you for loading.
  • You load within 3 business days, then the trailer or Cube(s) is picked up and driven to your new home.
  • Once delivered, you get 3 business days to unload. When you’re done, the equipment is picked up!

It sounds easy because it is easy. And it’s affordable, too. U-Pack allows you to travel safely and comfortably to your new home in your personal vehicle – which from what we’ve seen above will likely get FAR better gas mileage than a rental truck, saving you money.

Get a quote from U-Pack and compare!

You can get a free moving quote online anytime, or by calling 800-413-4799 Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. Your U-Pack quote includes the driver, FUEL, taxes, tolls, and standard liability coverage. Keep in mind that a truck rental quote will likely only include the rate to rent the truck (fuel, damage protection, and taxes are all extra).

68 % of U-Pack customers considered the truck rental route at first, but chose U-Pack instead. We hope you’ll take a hard look at how gas prices impact your moving costs. You might just find U-Pack to be the more affordable solution to your long-distance moving needs.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us. Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away!