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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

November 19th, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Finding truck rentals with unlimited mileage

If you’ve ever taken a long road trip, you’ve probably noticed that the actual distance is longer than the mileage listed online for the trip. In most cases, the extra distance comes from missed exits, making stops and taking unexpected detours. But when you’re traveling for a move in a rental truck, things like picking up and returning equipment also factor into your total mileage — which makes finding a rental company that offers unlimited miles so appealing. 

Take a look at the different mileage policies from each of the big truck rental companies and learn how much extra distance can cost.  

long stretch of highway with a mile marker sign for mile 1

Can you rent a moving truck with unlimited mileage?

Unlimited mileage is pretty rare to find. Most companies charge for miles in one of two ways. Either they offer a set number of miles based on the distance and then charge for any miles you exceed on the trip, or they just charge by the mile. 

It’s vital to understand what each company does because paying by the mile can add up for a long-distance move.

Comparing one-way rental trucks 

Take a look at how U-Haul®, Budget®, Ryder®, Penske® and Enterprise® handle mileage in their rental trucks. Check out the chart below for the highlights and keep reading to see the details.

chart showing the different truck rental companies and whether they offer unlimited mileage

U-Haul

Whether it’s an In-Town® truck rental or a one-way move, there are no U-Haul unlimited miles available. For local rentals, you pay per mile. For longer moves, U-Haul gives you a certain number of miles and days based on the distance between origin and destination, with a little extra built in. If you need more distance up front or end up using more than allotted, you’ll pay $0.40 per mile and $40 per day.

Budget

Budget doesn’t offer unlimited miles. Instead, local rentals pay per mile (and charges vary by location). For a one-way rental, Budget gives a set number of days and miles. If you need to purchase additional, they are cheaper before the move ($0.70/mile and $75/day) than paying after the fact ($0.85/mile and $85/day). Just note, if you do pre-buy, those days and miles are non-refundable. 

Ryder

Ryder charges per mile. However, it doesn’t offer one-way moves. So you have to pick up and drop off at the same rental location, and making a return trip to bring the truck back can be costly. 

Penske

Penske is the only truck rental company that offers unlimited miles on one-way moves. However, the number of days are limited, so if you need more time, you can purchase days for $100 each. For local moves, there is a per-mile charge that varies by location. 

Enterprise

Enterprise gives you a base number of miles to use, and then charge per mile over that. Similar to Ryder, Enterprise doesn’t offer one-way moves, so you’ll have to pay for the travel to return the truck. 

Suggested reading: Guide to Moving Truck Options

Moving without worrying about miles

If you’re worried about the mileage adding up and the total charges for the trip breaking the bank, then truck rental may not be the best way to move. U-Pack® is a great alternative since we do the driving! Prices include the moving equipment, transportation, fuel and liability coverage — and because you don’t have to drive, there are no mileage fees. 

Have questions about moving truck unlimited mileage?

Leave a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799. We’re here to help you find the best option for your move and moving budget. 

U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Budget® is a registered trademark of Budget Truck Rental, LLC. Ryder® is a registered trademark of Ryder System Inc. Penske® is a registered trademark of Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. Enterprise® is a registered trademark of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third-party.

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