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Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Trucks

October 28th, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Are you thinking about renting a Budget® truck?

One thing we've learned from our post-move survey is that many customers who chose U-Pack also explored the option of renting a truck and driving it themselves. Budget® was one of the companies most commonly considered. We understand — Budget trucks are familiar, and they're often a more affordable option than full-service moving. To make the process of comparing U-Pack and Budget a little less complicated, we did some research, discovered some of the most frequently asked questions, and found the answers. Let’s take a look.

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Frequently asked questions about Budget Trucks

What size truck do I need?

According to Budget:

  • Cargo van holds 1 room or studio
  • 12-foot truck holds 1-2 rooms or studio
  • 16-foot truck holds 3-4 rooms or 1-bedroom home
  • 24-foot truck holds 5-8 rooms or 2/3-bedroom home

What are Budget truck interior dimensions?

  • Cargo van
    Interior Dimensions (LWH): 10’ x 4’ 5” x 6’4” (323 cubic feet)
  • 12-foot truck
    Interior Dimensions (LWH): 11’ 8” x 6’ 3” x 6’ 1” (457 cubic feet)
  • 16-foot truck
    Interior Dimensions (LWH): 16’ x 6’ 3” x 6’ 7” (675 cubic feet)
  • 24-foot truck
    Interior Dimensions (LWH): 23’ 10” x 8’ x 8’ (1478 cubic feet)

How many miles per gallon does a Budget truck get?

Miles per gallon varies by truck size

  • Cargo van gets 8-14 MPG
  • 12-foot truck gets 6-10 MPG
  • 16-foot truck gets 8-14 MPG
  • 24-foot truck gets 8-10 MPG (diesel fuel)

Note that these estimates are for empty trucks — loaded trucks use more fuel. Read more about Budget truck rental gas mileage.

What type of fuel do they use?

It depends on the trucks size. Typically, the cargo van, 12-foot truck, and 16-foot truck use gasoline, and the 24-foot uses diesel.

How much fuel can they hold?

The cargo van, 12-foot truck, and 16-foot truck have a 35-gallon tank while the 24-foot truck has a 55-gallon tank.

How much does it cost to fuel a Budget truck?

Use our handy rental truck fuel calculator to determine the fuel cost for your trip.

What is the largest Budget truck?

The 24-foot Budget truck is the largest. According to the Budget website, it can hold the contents of 5-8 rooms and up to 12,000 lbs.

What is the smallest Budget truck?

The 12-foot truck (formerly called the 10-foot truck) for small moves of 1-2 rooms.

What is the weight limit?

The weight limit varies by the truck size

  • 12-foot truck has a 3,100 lb. weight limit
  • 16-foot truck has a 3,400lb. weight limit
  • 24-foot truck has 12,000 lb. weight limit

What is the clearance height?

Clearance varies by truck.

  • 12-foot truck has a 9’ 6” clearance
  • 16-foot truck has an 11’ clearance
  • 24-foot truck has a 12’ 6” clearance

It's important to know your clearance height, so you don't hit anything overhead while driving.

Does Budget offer 10-foot trucks?

No, the closest to a 10-foot truck is the 12-foot truck.

How many people can fit in a Budget truck?

It depends on which size truck you rent. Budget’s cargo van and 12-foot truck can seat two passengers and the 16-foot and 24-foot trucks can seat three passengers. There are no 4-passenger or 5-passenger Budget trucks.

Do they have a back seat?

No, they are equipped with front seats only.

Can they accommodate a car seat?

It isn’t recommended — especially with infant rear-facing car seats. In most states, the law requires child restraint seats to be installed in the back seat, and Budget trucks do not have back seats. Read more about car seats in rental trucks.

If you're planning to travel with children (or pets), U-Pack is an excellent alternative. We handle all the driving so that you can travel in your vehicle. And, the price compares to truck rental!

Are they equipped with ramps?

The cargo van and 12-foot truck do not come with ramps. The 16-foot and 24-foot do.

Does Budget have trailers for rent?

No, trailer rental is not available. However, they do offer towing equipment, including a car carrier and a car dolly. The car carrier is for four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles, and the car dolly is for front-wheel-drive vehicles — they both can attach to 16-foot and 24-foot Budget trucks. There are no towing options available for the cargo van or the 12-foot truck.

What is the age requirement to rent?

In most states, you can rent a Budget truck as long as you're 24 years old. In some locations, drivers 18-23 who meet a set of requirements can pay a $25 per day surcharge and rent with two forms of identification (one being a valid driver's license).

Once I’ve completed the reservation, is the size truck I requested guaranteed?

Due to the nature of the truck rental industry, availability it not guaranteed. It’s recommended to reserve early and request the rental for mid-week and mid-month.  

How much does it cost to rent a Budget truck?

Budget rates depend on the truck size and where you're moving to and from. Quotes are available online or by phone.

Can I rent a Budget truck without a driver’s license?

A valid driver’s license and one other form of identification is required.

Can someone else drive the truck?

Additional drivers can be added when you pick up the rental as long as they are 18 (there are some exceptions). An additional driver’s fee is charged per day.

Do Budget trucks have to stop at weigh stations?

It depends on the requirements of the states you’re driving through — it’s a good idea to stop just in case. Check out this list of states that require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations for more information.  

How far can you drive in one day in a Budget truck?

Though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration doesn't regulate the number of miles non-commercial rental trucks can drive in a day, commercial drivers are limited to 11 hours of drive time per day. If you plan to stick to that limit, and you travel at 55 mph (the recommended speed if you're pulling a car carrier or dolly), you could drive about 600 miles in one day.

How fast can you drive in a Budget truck?

The maximum speed for most trucks is 75 mph. If you’re towing a vehicle, the maximum recommended speed is 55 mph.

Do I need a credit card to rent a Budget truck?

Yes, a credit card is required and used to secure a deposit in the event of damage.

Do I have to pay a deposit to rent a Budget truck?

Yes. The type and amount varies by location, but most put a $150 hold on your card. When the truck is returned, the hold is released and the card is charge for the actual cost of the rental.  

How much will highway tolls cost?

Most toll charges are by axle. Budget trucks are 2-axle vehicles and are tolled as such. If you are towing a car, you'll add another two axles, for a four axle toll.

Is insurance protection available?

Budget offers optional protection plans.

Will my car insurance cover the rental?

Check with your insurance carrier before picking up the rental truck to determine whether it covers a rental truck while moving household goods.

What fees apply with a Budget truck?

Fees can be viewed during the quote and reservation process; some possible fees are:  

  • Fee for adding an additional driver
  • Surcharge for drivers age 18-23
  • Cancellation fee if rental is cancelled within 48 hours of pickup
  • A per mile late return fee if you keep the truck longer than agreed upon
  • An administrative fee for filing a damage claim
  • Fee for insurance and/or the damage waiver

How does U-Pack compare?

Start by checking out this video to get an overview of how U-Pack works:

You do the packing and loading, and U-Pack does the driving! There’s no additional charge for fuel or basic liability coverage, and you get to drive across country in the comfort of your own vehicle. So, no worries about things like how many people fit, whether you can put a car seat in the moving truck, pulling a trailer behind, etc. U-Pack makes it easy. And if you’re moving long distance, chances are you’ll find that your U-Pack price is competitive with truck rental. Get a free moving quote today to start comparing. 

Do you have other questions about Budget truck rental? Leave a comment and we’ll do our best to find the answer for you!


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