Moving Truck Rental Guide

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Moving Truck Price & Review Comparison

Of all your moving options, moving truck rental companies like Uhaul, Penske and Budget Truck remain the staples of the moving industry. Dating back to the 1940s, Americans have had their stuff loaded into giant pickups, vans, or big rigs to chase their dreams in a sweet, new home.

On average, when you use a rental truck for your move, you will pay around $155 for a local move, $225 for a medium move, and $971 for a long distance move.

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Local Moves $160 avg. $128 avg. $148 avg. $150 avg. N/A
Medium Distance $313 avg. $290 avg. $280 avg. $304 avg. N/A
Long Distance $1,220 avg. $1,047 avg. $935 avg. $706 avg. N/A
Truck Sizes Cargo van, 12’, 16’, 22’, 26’ Pickup, Cargo van, 10’, 15’, 17’, 20’, 26’ Pickup, 12’, 16’, 26’ 16’ cabover truck, 24’ box truck, 26’ box truck, plus more N/A
Gas Milage Up to 12 to 13 mpg Up to 6 to 14 mpg Up to 10 to 19 mpg Up to 12 to 24 mpg (for cargo vans) N/A
Locations 2,400+ 21,000+ 2,800+ 460+ in US and Canada 400+
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How much do moving trucks cost?

You will pay, on average, around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move.

You must account for:

  • Size of truck
  • Gas (avg. 7 mpg)
  • Small fees (e.g., environmental fees, mileage fees, damages, etc.)

Being flexible with your schedule might bag you a cheaper deal. In other words, the more you plan out your truck rental ahead of time, the lower the price will likely be.

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Rental trucks are easy to utilize for your personal move, now that hiring Full Service movers is no longer the only route to moving bliss. Signing up for a Hybrid™ Move - where you rent a truck and hire someone else to load and unload it - allows you to hack a Full Service option without breaking the bank. Reserve a rental truck online or over the phone, then simply pick it up on moving day.

Uhaul® Truck Rental

U-Haul® created the DIY move and squashes the competition with its availability. With more than 21,000 locations in the United States and Canada, no other truck rental company comes close to having the same volume, which means there's likely a U-Haul center near you. Still, no company is perfect. While you can pick up just about anything you need for your move at the local U-Haul center, you could easily be led into buying stuff when making your reservation online because quantities for products are preset for purchase.

Be careful! In fact, their entire online reservation system is pretty frustrating, in general. We recommend speaking to a customer service representative by phone. Keep in mind that your preferred pick-up location might not be the one to which you end up traveling. The good news is that if U-Haul changes things up on you, it will pay you $50 for the inconvenience.

For more detailed information on U-Haul visit its profile page.

Pro

  • Massive network that makes finding a truck easy. Knowledgeable employees.

Con

  • Large corporate structure can often lead to problems, including non-personable interactions and inconvenient solutions.

Extra moving truck fees

  • Gas prices
  • Environmental fee
  • Truck cleaning fee

Lots of DIY movers forget about the fuel fees and end up spending way more than they expected. Moving Trucks get a paltry 6 - 8 MPG, and with the average gas price around $3 / gallon, your fuel cost can add up fast. Environmental fees are added on too, depending on your state. Finally, sweep out your truck when you're done, or you'll get a nasty cleaning fee added to your bill.

Penske® Truck Rental

Penske's® commercial businesses often overshadow its consumer rental truck arm, but it's worth a second look. Penske's relatively smaller size often makes for better overall customer service. Booking a truck online is easy and over the phone agents are open to helping you find multiple discounts to lower the cost. One note: You do have to be willing to speak up and ask questions to make sure you get the best possible price and value for your specific move.

Penske also offers roadside assistance available 24/7, which is a nice perk for anyone who is the slightest bit intimidated by driving a ginormous truck.

For more information on Penske visit its profile page.

Pro

  • Easy online reservations. Generous resolutions to any issues that may arise.

Con

  • Not as many physical locations as other rental truck companies.

Budget® Truck Rental

Maybe you've used Budget® for its car rental service and didn't even know it had a truck rental arm. Well, with over 2,800 locations in the United States, Budget is a great choice for your move! The best news about Budget's truck rentals is that there are lots of discounts available for bringing down your cost. However, your experience will only be as good as your local Budget dealer, as they really run work more as individual entities. This, in turn, also limits your ability for modifying your reservation online.

And while everyone was kind as can be, customer service representatives often refer you to the local dealer for answers. Who wants to dwell on the negative though? One of the differentiating factors here is that Budget practically guarantees your preferred pick-up location, which can really help you plan your move more efficiently.

For more information on Budget visit its profile page.

Pro

  • Competitive pricing, easy to navigate website and personable experience.

Con

  • Because their fleet of trucks are large, they can often go too long without proper servicing.

Enterprise® Truck Rental

When you think of Enterprise, no doubt "that car rental place" flashes through your mind. But now with Enterprise Truck Rental, could Enterprise be a viable option to help out your move? Well, it just depends on what you're hauling and where you're going. Enterprise offers a massive variety of different types of trucks to rent, which means if you're relocating, say, your above ground pool, they might be able to help you do just that. But don't get too excited if you have plans on taking that pool very far; Enterprise Truck Rental mandates that all vehicles be returned to the same location they were rented from.

This means whether you're moving your kitchenware or your ride mower, Enterprise is logistically a local move option only. But with Enterprise's famous rental car business model dangling over, including their 24/7 roadside assistance program and free pick-up options, it's a tempting and affordable option for your DIY move.

For more info, check out their profile page.

Pro

  • Tons of affordable options with an easy cancellation policy.

Con

  • Having to drop off the vehicle at the same store you got it limits Enterprise to local moves only.

How do you get a rental truck?

You go online or call and make a reservation. Then on the day of your scheduled delivery, you:

  • Head to the nearest truck rental center & sign the relevant paperwork
  • Drive away an assigned vehicle
  • Load it up on your own, or with hired movers
  • Drive it to where you're taking your stuff
  • Unload it yourself, or with hired movers
  • Return the truck to another facility (or the same one, if you moved nearby)

Ryder® Truck Rental

Ryder trucks aren't just for commercial use. In fact, there's a lot to like if you go with Ryder. For starters, booking an available van or 22 foot straight truck is a seamless process, and canceling is just as simple, if for whatever reason you have to do it. And as far as rental trucks go, Ryder trucks are plenty affordable where you can get them, especially for their size.

On the downside, all Ryder trucks must be dropped off at the same location you rented them from, meaning that personal moves are relegated to local ones (unless you like driving for a living). Also, the driving, insurance, and any incurred damages are pretty much all up to you. It's as straightforward a rental procedure as it gets.

For more info, visit the Ryder Moving101 profile page.

Pro

  • Super simple online reservation, affordable moving transportation.

Con

  • Impractical for long distance moves, you are the driver and are liable for damages without purchasing insurance.

Truck Rental Space Size Guide

Small truck 10-13 ft.

Small truck 10-13 ft.
Studio apt. 400-600 sq. ft.

Ideal For:

  • 1-3,000 lbs.
  • 400-450 cubic feet
  • 1-5 Medium furniture items
  • Up to 120 medium boxes

Not Ideal For:

  • King size bed
  • Pianos
  • Pool tables
  • Refridgerators
Medium truck 14-17 ft.

Medium truck 14-17 ft.
1-3 Bedrooms 600-1,200 sq. ft.

Ideal For:

  • 3,000 - 5,500 lbs.
  • 650 - 850 cubic feet
  • 1-10 Medium furniture items
  • Up to 250 medium boxes

Not Ideal For:

  • Grand / Baby grand pianos
  • 3+ Bedroom homes
Large truck 18-24 ft.

Large truck 18-24 ft.
3-4 Bedrooms 1,200-1,800 sq. ft.

Ideal For:

  • 5,500-6,500 lbs.
  • 900 - 1,400 cubic feet
  • 1-15 Medium furniture items
  • Up to 450 medium boxes

Not Ideal For:

  • Small apartments
  • 4+ Bedroom homes
Extra large truck 26+ ft.

Extra large truck 26+ ft.
4+ Bedrooms 1800-2400+ sq. ft.

Ideal For:

  • 6,500-8,400 lbs.
  • 1,400-1,600 cubic feet
  • 1-20 Medium furniture items
  • Up to 550 medium boxes

Not Ideal For:

  • Small homes
  • Small apartments

Is a Moving Truck Right for Your Move?

Local Moves

Pros

  • Often the most affordable local moving option
  • Pairs great with local movers to save money
  • Many companies have a variety of rental sizes and helpful equipment

Cons

  • You have to do the driving
  • Flexible, but your local supply of trucks may be limited
  • Higher mileage fees for local moves

You can move locally or long distance, but a long-distance move will, of course, cost you more in both time and money.

Local moves tend to be easier to accomplish with a rental truck if you're willing to do the driving and have a place to park the vehicle.

But the fact is that with a local move, you usually can pick up and drop off at the same location. In addition, you don't need to spend as much time driving, so it might not be as big a deal to drive one of those big trucks across town, especially if there are no highways.

Beware! Many people end up getting parking tickets because they don't communicate their move to the city, especially in big cities with limited parking.

When should I reserve my truck by?

Ideally, you want to reserve your rental truck no later than one month out from your move.

But hey, life happens. Calling your local rental truck company as late as moving day is something they're used to, but be prepared to call several places in and around town—especially during the busy summer season.

Long-Distance Moves

Pros

  • Fantastic value compared to other moving options
  • Variety of sizes allow you to customize your moving journey
  • Lower or alternatively priced mileage options

Cons

  • You have to do the driving
  • Responsible for tolls and fees
  • Insurance usually more costly

Long-distance moves are more complicated. First, you have to drive further, which inevitably means paying a larger bill. Second, you have to find a rental company that allows you to pick up the truck in one place and drop it off in another. This means that the company must have locations in your departure and arrival zones.

Versus Other Moving Options

Pros

  • Very often the most affordable moving option
  • Likely the most customizable option for your specific move
  • Discounts are easier to come by

Cons

  • You have to do the driving
  • Harder to know final cost, due to fees
  • The most in demand moving option year-round

Rental moving trucks were once the only way to make a move, especially one across the country. But nowadays, you have more options to consider, including:

  • Doing it all yourself
  • Moving containers
  • Space on a freight truck

Still, for those who like to drive - even driving the hugest of those bad boys - moving trucks remain a viable, affordable option.

They have decent flexibility, dwarfed only by the moving container, and are usually the most affordable way to move, short of moving things in your own car with your own muscles.

Rental truck insurance

Insurance isn't really optional with moving truck rentals. Most credit card companies and auto insurance policies won't cover the cost of the truck if there is significant damage on your watch. Totaling a truck can cost upward of $45,000, so you'll have to consider investing in insurance!

Most of the rental truck companies offer some sort of logical option. Many provide you with more than one possibility, too, and it's usually one insurance that provides the bare minimum and another that allows you to go all in. Unfortunately, you ultimately have to make a choice regarding much of the truck will be covered, as well as personal property and human life within the vehicle in case of an accident.

Paired With Movers

Pros

  • The best cure to moving stress in the world
  • Extremely great value for their cost
  • Efficient with their time and bring lots of knowledge to your move

Cons

  • Are more expensive than a DIY Move
  • Cannot drive your moving truck if hired as labor-only
  • Subject to their schedule and local availability

You can hire professionals to load and unload the truck to make the experience considerably easier. Sometimes this option can cost as low as one or two hundred bucks. To figure out exactly how much your moving truck/mover combo would cost, you just have to study your options to determine the best fit for your move.

Most truck rental companies sell other moving supplies, such as boxes and packing tape. But you might be able to find these items cheaper at the local hardware store or even the dollar store, so keep that in mind. You can rent hand trucks and furniture pads from truck rental companies, too. Tows for your car are also available.

Don't forget these things w/ your truck

  • Moving blankets
  • Hand trucks
  • Car tows
  • Boxes
  • Ties

You can rent these at most truck rental and hardware stores, and most are essential. Many movers automatically provide many of these things, which really help out with moving costs!

Are There Any Downsides with Moving Trucks?

There are often hidden fees. Some companies charge an environmental fee, for example.

You must budget for gas, which is not going to be included in an estimate.

The locations of the truck rental company matters. Why? If you get a great price but have to drive another vehicle far away to pick up the truck, you will be spending more on gas and losing time. Also, some companies allow you to drop off your truck at a different facility, which makes them ideal for a long-distance move. However, if you are moving from, say, New Jersey to Florida and have to pick up and drop off at the same New Jersey location ... that truck isn't for you.

You have to be willing and able to drive it yourself. This is not for everyone. Know thyself and determine whether you can handle it. Some people love the opportunity, while others dread it. Regardless, you have to be insured and prepared for the worst case scenarios.

Recent Moving Truck Customer Reviews

Ameke B
Perry, NY
Wrote a review on 11/11/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I feel the mileage calculated from MA to NY was overly generous so I ended up paying for miles that I didn't actually use. I wish I had known the drop off location was in the middle of nowhere with no taxi service. I ended up having to pay a family I found at a nearby convenience store $20 to drive me the 8 miles home.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $352
Per. Mile: $0.78
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Judith V
Woods Hole, MA
Wrote a review on 11/1/2019
Enterprise Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Rented Cargo van since moving less than a full room of furniture. Enterprise truck rental was only company that allowed vans to travel out of state and offered unlimited miles. Van was almost new and was just what I needed. Found low visibility for changing lanes the only problem with van. Price was reasonable and staff pleasant to work with.

Distance: 750 mi
Cost: $700
Per. Mile: $0.93
SqFt. Moved: 450
Margaret L
Garland, TX
Wrote a review on 10/28/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Pretty good truck, much much larger than what we had expected. Wished moving blankets would have been clean which is the main reason for only four stars.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $1.33
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Lisa B
Saint Louis, MO
Wrote a review on 10/26/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

They worked hard and smart. Also agreed to move something to our daughter’s house a mile away from our home since we had an hour of time left. Nothing was damaged and they were organized and respectful.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $325
Per. Mile: $0.72
SqFt. Moved: 1,147
Becky B
Federal Way, WA
Wrote a review on 10/21/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The pick-up and drop-off locations were conveniently located. The truck was clean when I picked it up, and the blankets & appliance dolly were inside as I had ordered.

Distance: 1,350 mi
Cost: $933
Per. Mile: $0.69
SqFt. Moved: 650
Karen M
Odenton, MD
Wrote a review on 10/16/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Booked online and was quoted one price but when I picked up the truck, the cost was different from the online price. Make sure you check your final costs more closely.

Distance: 340 mi
Cost: $190
Per. Mile: $0.56
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Alan L
Custer, MI
Wrote a review on 10/13/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I rented the Penske truck twice, but it was intentional. I just had too much stuff to haul, and it took two 26ft bed trucks to do it. Would I do it again? If I were younger, maybe. But the national moving van lines just wanted too much and I saved over $4000 doing it myself. The 1st truck was a bit old, but got me back to my destination (2000 miles) with about 9mpg average diesel use. The 2nd truck was practically new with only 18k miles and worked a bit better, but overall I did not have any problems with either of them. The service with pick up and drop off was good, so I highly recommend this company from my own experience. I saved a lot of money over other companies because they had a 50% off price special, so renting 2 trucks for 2000 miles each was $1500 plus fuel. I hope to never have to do this again, as I got quite worn out driving 4000 miles. Am I glad it's done? Yes. Would I do it again? Would you do it to save $4500?

Distance: 4,000 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $0.38
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Linda S
Dunnellon, FL
Wrote a review on 10/5/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was ready on time and support staff was professional and communicated clearly with us about what needed to be done. Truck was modern, clean and in good condition. Managers here in Florida where we returned the truck couldn't have been nicer and gave us many tips about the moving and unloading process that we needed. They are really special people and helped us out a lot when our first unloading team failed to show up. Many thanks to them.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $2.00
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
David F
Pearl, MS
Wrote a review on 9/28/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable. They clearly explained the fees and how they would be applied. They were quick and had us in our rental within 20 minutes and that includes waiting on two people before us.

Distance: 18 mi
Cost: $87.00
Per. Mile: $4.83
SqFt. Moved: 1,830
Becky H
Custer, SD
Wrote a review on 9/12/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I did not receive a pre-pickup call from UHaul the day before my reservation (per their website) and the truck I reserved was not at the reservation location requested. The entire reservation was messed up including pickup site and destination. I didn't know that the reservation "isn't really for a specific location". Had to drive another 20 miles to get the truck I'd reserved.

Distance: 295 mi
Cost: $628
Per. Mile: $2.13
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Jason S
Wickliffe, OH
Wrote a review on 9/3/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I was very nervous about driving a truck this large 1000 miles while packed full of all my worldly possessions and towing a car to boot. After being on the road for about 30 mins these fears started to melt away. It was clear to me that the vehicle was very well maintained. The steering was tight and responsive with no drift or slop. The suspension was unbelievably smooth considering the weight. Not saying there weren't a few white knuckle moments through the hills of W. Virginia, but I imagined a lot worse in my head. The rental process at Penske was great and I didn't have to worry about them calling the day before saying my truck wasn't going to be there (re:Uhaul).

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,600
Per. Mile: $2.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,750
Jeffery L
Sumter, SC
Wrote a review on 8/23/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

My 26 foot truck was easier to drive than the 15 foot truck I had the day before. Overall great experience and I would definitely recommend them to others.

Distance: 12 mi
Cost: $60.00
Per. Mile: $5.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Jessica W
Colorado Springs, CO
Wrote a review on 6/28/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

They were great to me. Great costumer service and the truck was perfect for what we needed. Picking up the truck and dropping it off both was extremely smooth.

Distance: 1,500 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $0.80
SqFt. Moved: 2,000

U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Budget Truck Rental®, LLC is a registered trademark of Budget Truck Rental, LLC. Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.® is a trademark of Penske System, Inc.

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