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How much do moving trucks cost?

August 2nd, 2013 - 10:18 AM

I’m thinking about renting a moving truck, but I’m not sure how much they cost.

You have lots of options for your upcoming long-distance move, including renting a moving truck. For local moves, moving trucks are usually easy on the wallet. But you can’t always say the same for long-distance moves. When you start adding on additional costs like fuel, damage coverage and sales tax, the price starts going up; sometimes even doubling your quoted price.

Let’s look at an example of how much moving trucks cost

Let’s say you’re moving 1,425 miles from Phoenix, AZ to Memphis, TN in a 20 ft. moving truck during peak moving season. 

  • Truck rate: $1,409.00

Now, let’s add on the extras… 

  • Towing dolly: $113.00
  • Truck rental protection: $98.00
  • Trailer Rental protection: $56.00
  • Fuel: $752.00 (using our rental truck fuel calculator)
  • Sales Tax: $140.00 (based on Phoenix sales tax rate)

That brings your grand total to…$2,568! That’s a $1,159 difference from the original rate to rent the truck! Plus, you have to drive.

As you can see, the cost of a moving truck isn’t always what it seems. What started out as a low price quickly increased after adding on the “extras.”

The good news is that there’s a way to get around paying for all those extras. And you don’t have to drive (and most people consider that an awesome perk!)

U-Pack Moving is the low-cost alternative to renting a moving truck and driving it yourself.

Let’s take the same move and see how much it would cost with U-Pack 

  • $2,472 (for 14 ft. of trailer space – which is comparable to a 20 ft. rental truck).

That’s a savings of $96 and you don’t have to drive! I call that a win-win!

What’s even better is that U-Pack includes fuel, taxes, and standard liability coverage in your price moving quote! Now that’s a deal worth bragging about!

*Rates with both U-Pack and U-Haul can fluctuate based on when, how much, and where you’re moving. This is just an example of how you can save money with U-Pack.

Have you gotten a moving quote from U-Pack yet? Call us at 800-413-4799 and we’ll be happy to help!

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