October 3rd, 2012 - 9:53 AM

U-Haul Comparisons
Despite the fact that U-Haul is obviously different from U-Pack (you get a professional driver with U-Pack, you do the driving with U-Haul), customers still often compare the two when they’re moving long distance. And it’s all because of one BIG similarity—PRICE. U-Pack rates are comparable to truck rental—even though you don’t have to drive. I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and helpful links about U-Haul below. Check them out, then compare to U-Pack!

How many truck sizes does UHaul offer?
U-Haul offers six truck sizes: 10’, 14’, 17’, 20’, 24’, and 26’, and you pay for the entire truck regardless of the space you use. They also offer a moving container called a U-Box. It’s made of wood, covered with a vinyl tarp, and sits 6 inches off the ground.  

U-Pack does it better: U-Pack’s 28 ft. moving trailer offers 30% more space than the largest U-Haul truck. In fact, one U-Pack trailer = the space of one 26 ft. U-Haul truck + one 10 ft. U-Haul truck. U-Pack also offers the ReloCube, a weatherproof metal moving container that sits flat on the ground for easy loading and unloading.

Is U-Haul flexible in price?
When you use a U Haul truck, you purchase the entire truck regardless of how much of it you fill up. If the truck size you want is unavailable, you have to pay for the next size up even if you don’t use it all. When you use a U-Haul U-Box, you reserve and pay for as many as you want. If you decide not to use some of the ones you paid for, you have to wait for your credit card to be refunded, and a fee is charged for taking any unused containers back to the Uhaul facility.

U-Pack does it better: U-Pack has flexible moving options for both the trailer and ReloCube. With the trailer, you pay only for the space you use (5 ft. minimum). Use 5 linear feet, pay for 5 linear feet. Use 17 linear feet, pay for 17 linear feet. Need the full trailer, it’s available. The same concept applies to the ReloCube. Reserve 3, use 2, pay for 2. And U-Pack doesn’t charge a fee for taking unused Cubes back to its facility.

Does U Haul offer unlimited mileage?
No. With U-Haul you are allowed a set number of miles and days to complete your move (based on your locations). If you exceed mileage/days, you’ll pay $40/day and $.40/mile. And there’s no discount for unused days or miles, either. So, let’s say you move from Atlanta, GA to Las Vegas, NV, a 1,960 mile move. U-Haul gives you 2,415 miles (extra miles built in) and 7 days to move. You’ll likely use two days for loading, three days for driving at least 32 hours, and two days for unloading. I’m tired just thinking about how rushed I would feel!


U-Pack does it better: We do the driving, so you don’t have to worry about mileage! You get three business days to load, then three business days to unload. Plus, U-Pack averages cross-country transit times of 2 to 5 business days, so you get your stuff quickly!  

What are the requirements for using a U-Haul rental truck?
To rent a U-Haul rental truck, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

U-Pack does it better: There are no driving requirements because U-Pack does the driving! You’re free to get to your location any way you like—personal automobile, plane, train, bus—whatever is convenient.

What do I need to reserve online at Uhaul.com?
You must have a credit card or a debit card with either a Visa or MasterCard logo to make a reservation at Uhaul.com. If you reserve at uhaul.com but choose to pay with cash for your rental, you’re required to pay a $100 deposit. The total estimated charges for the U-Haul rental are due when you pick up the equipment.

U-Pack does it better: With U-Pack, you’ll need a credit card or a debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo to make a reservation, but there’s never a deposit, down payment or hold. Just pay the final price for your move by credit card while your belongings are in transit.

What are the extra costs of U-Haul?
Along with the quoted price, you should also expect to pay more for fuel, damage coverage, sales tax, highway tolls and tow equipment (if applicable). Though not directly related to the cost of the U Haul rental, to calculate total moving costs consider hotel stays, meals, and snacks along the way.

U-Pack does it better: When you move with U-Pack, there are no additional charges for fuel, liability coverage, sales tax or highway tolls. Simply pay based on the linear footage (or number of ReloCubes) you use.

What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul rental truck?
The gas mileage you should expect from a U-Haul truck is related to the size of the truck—they get anywhere from 6-12 mpg. This post about the gas mileage of a U-Haul truck goes into specific detail. You’ll find two charts that compare how much house will fit into each truck size and a chart comparing MPG for each truck size. You’ll even find an example that might surprise you!

U-Pack does it better: The only gas mileage you have to worry about is the gas mileage for your personal vehicle—which is likely much better than that of a U-Haul truck.

How do I find the nearest UHaul location?
You can find the location nearest you on uhaul.com. Keep in mind that U-Haul is a franchise, which means each location has a different owner to work with. You must pick up and return the truck at a U-Haul rental location.

U-Pack does it better: When you book your move with U-Pack, you get helpful moving coordinators to stay with you every step of the way. Unless you select a U-Pack Terminal-to-Terminal move (U-Pack’s money-saving option), you’ll never have to visit an ABF Service Center because ABF (U-Pack’s transportation provider), delivers and picks up your moving equipment for you.

How many people can fit in a U-Haul truck?
Most U-Haul trucks will seat 3 passengers with safety restraints. With that being said, most trucks do not satisfy local requirements for infant/child restraint seats.

U-Pack does it better: Because U-Pack does the driving, you can drive to your new destination comfortably and safely in your personal vehicle.  

Does U-Haul provide storage options?
Yes, at traditional storage facilities or in the U-Box. However, you cannot store your belongings inside a U-Haul truck. The process of loading into a U-Haul storage facility works like this: you load the rental truck, drive it to a storage facility, and unload it. When you’re ready for delivery, you load your belongings back on the truck, drive it to your new home, and unload.

U-Pack does it better: Instead of the load/unload/load/unload problem, with U-Pack you can actually store your belongings directly in a moving trailer or ReloCube at a secure ABF Service Center. When you’re ready for delivery, U-Pack delivers your belongings right to your door. That means loading one time and unloading one time.

How much does it cost to rent a U-Haul truck?
U-Haul prices are determined by the date of your move, origin, destination, the truck size you select, and the additional services/supplies you purchase or rent. While I can’t tell you how much it costs to rent a U-Haul truck, I can help you compare rates.

If you’re moving long distance, U-Pack prices are typically very competitive with U-Haul. Start by getting a free moving quote from U-Pack and compare to your U-Haul price (remember to add fuel, sales tax and damage coverage.)  

Do you have more questions? Send them my way by commenting below and I’ll be sure to answer them. Want to talk to a U-Pack moving representative? Call 800-413-4799 and get an instant moving quote. We drive. You save. ®

U-Haul Related Links
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