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Truck rental companies allow customers to rent a large vehicle in which they can schlep the entire contents of their home or apartment from one place to another. You will pay, on average, around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move. In the rest of this handy guide, you can see average prices for different types of move, as well as get a quick intro to the truck rental companies, learn the best moving tips for using a rental truck, and figure out what size truck you might need using our truck size guide.

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Ah, rental trucks. The quintessential part of a traditional D.I.Y. move. Many friends and family, including you and me, have gone through what's almost become an American rite of passage: sweating bullets while carrying your couch down some precarious stairs and into that hot box known as a rental truck.

But this is a new generation! And the good news is moving trucks can now become part of a less-sweat-inducing Hybrid™ move when you hire movers to load that couch for you instead. You'll still have to drive that ginormous beast, but at least you and your co-pilot will smell prettier for the ride. If you don't want to drive, you might want to compare a rental truck to a portable storage container or some space in a freight trailer instead. What's that? Ice Road Truckers ain't got nothin' on your drivin' skills? Then read on, and let's help you figure out which truck rental company is best for you and your move.

As you probably already know, truck rental companies allow customers to rent a large vehicle in which they can schlep the entire contents of their home or apartment from one place to another. You pick up the truck from a nearby facility, load up the truck on your own or with hired help, drive it yourself to your new place, unload it yourself or with hired help, and then return it to another facility (or the same one if you moved nearby). You can move locally or long distance, but a long-distance one way truck rental will, of course, cost you more both in time and money. You will pay, on average, around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move. In the rest of this handy guide, you can see average prices for each type of move, as well as get a quick intro to the truck rental companies, learn the best moving tips for using a rental truck, and figure out what size truck you might need using our truck size guide.

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  • Avg. Review
    0
    5
    4.45
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $168
    Medium Move: Med. Move: $314
    Long Move: $1,178
    Positive Review

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

    Negative Review

    Quality of truck (and sometimes accuracy of order) comes down to luck of the draw.

  • Avg. Review
    0
    5
    4.24
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $123
    Medium Move: Med. Move: $302
    Long Move: $1,033
    Positive Review

    Massive online network that makes booking easy. Knowledgeable employees.

    Negative Review

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

  • Avg. Review
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    5
    3.79
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $145
    Medium Move: Med. Move: $276
    Long Move: $922
    Positive Review

    Competitive pricing, easy to navigate website and personable experience.

    Negative Review

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

  • Avg. Review
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    5
    4.88
    Average Cost
    Local Move: N/A
    Medium Move: Med. Move: N/A
    Long Move: N/A
    Positive Review

    Lots of affordable options with an easy cancellation policy.

    Negative Review

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

  • Avg. Review
    0
    5
    4.75
    Average Cost
    Local Move: N/A
    Medium Move: Med. Move: N/A
    Long Move: N/A
    Positive Review

    Super simple online reservation, affordable moving transportation.

    Negative Review

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

Rental Truck Companies


U-Haul ®, Budget ®, and Penske ® are the major players in moving truck rental. In general, a customer calls one of these companies or goes to their website, determines how big a vehicle is needed (the trucks range in size from pickups to 26-footers), and schedules the rental. Generally, pickups and small vans are appropriate for those renting out a room or small apartment and the larger trucks are best for those who need to haul the belongings of a family moving from one large home to another. On the day of your scheduled delivery, you head to the nearest truck rental center, sign the relevant paperwork, and pick up the vehicle. Then, you are set to make like a truck driver and move your stuff. You can rent hand trucks and furniture pads, too. Tows for your car are also available. In addition, you can purchase other moving supplies, such as boxes, through most truck rental companies. 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.

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Uhaul® Truck

UHAUL® Truck Rental


Uhaul® Truck

Locations

  • 15,000+in U.S. & Can.

Vehicle Types

Vehicles

  • Trucks: 10’ - 14’ - 17’ - 20’ - 24’ - 26’
  • Trailers: Cargo - Utility - Car
  • Cargo Vans
  • Ubox ® Containers

U-Haul® created the DIY move and squashes the competition, thanks to its experience and size. With more than 15,000 locations in the United States and Canada, no other truck rental company comes close to having the same volume. Just about everyone has driven a U-Haul truck or knows someone who has. 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 might be hoodwinked into buying stuff when making your reservation online because quantities of products for purchase are already input for you. In fact, the online system is pretty frustrating, and you’re better off talking to a customer service representative by phone as opposed to online. 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.visit its profile page.

Penske® Truck

PENSKE® Truck Rental


Penske® Truck

Locations

  • 1,000+in U.S. & Can.

Vehicle Types

Vehicles

  • Trucks: 12’ - 16’ - 22’ - 26’
  • Tow Dolly
  • Car Carrier

Penske’s® logistics and commercial businesses overshadow its consumer rental truck arm. But it’s worth a second look because its small size makes for more personalized service and a better overall customer service experience. The price is somewhat negotiable or at least agents are open to helping you find discounts to lower the cost. One warning: You have to be willing to speak up and ask questions, both to make sure you get the best price possible and to insure you don’t end up with extra, unnecessary costs. On the other hand, there’s lots of safety info on the Web site and roadside assistance is available 24/7, which are nice perks for anyone who is the slightest bit intimidated by driving a ginormous truck. For more information on Penske visit its profile page.visit its profile page.

Budget® Truck

BUDGET® Truck Rental


Budget® Truck

Locations

  • 1,700+in U.S. & Can.

Vehicle Types

Vehicles

  • Trucks: 10’ - 16’ - 24’
  • Trailers
  • Car Carrier
  • Car Dolly

Maybe you have used Budget® for its car rental service and didn’t even know it had a truck rental arm. Well, it does. Of course, with nearly 1,700 locations in the United States, it’s significantly smaller than U-Haul. The best news about Budget’s truck rentals is that there are lots of discounts available to bring down your costs. If you’re the type who doesn’t like to ask for directions, you can also rent a GPS to boot. But your experience will only be as good as your local Budget dealer because they really run the show as individual entities. There are also limitations for modifying your reservation online. Although everyone was kind as can be, customer service representatives at the national level 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.visit its profile page.

Enterprise Truck

Enterprise® Truck Rental


Enterprise Truck

Locations

  • 270+

Vehicle Types

Vehicles

  • Straight Trucks: 24' - 26'
  • Cabover Trucks: 16'
  • Stakebed Trucks: 16' - 24'
  • Pickup Trucks
  • Cargo Vans
  • Parcel Vans: 15'

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 your above ground pool, you might want to look into their catalogue of vehicles 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. 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, namely 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.profile page.

Ryder Truck

Ryder® Truck Rental


Ryder Truck

Locations

  • 500+

Vehicle Types

Vehicles

  • Van Rentals
  • Truck Rentals
  • Tractor Rentals: (Only for Business Customers)
  • Trailer Rentals: (Only for Business Customers)

Moving and need a lot of space? Consider renting a Ryder van or truck to get your stuff from point A to B. It’s true, 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 you have to do it. And as far as rental trucks go, Ryder trucks are plenty affordable, especially for their size.

On the downside, all Ryder trucks must be dropped off a 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.

If you want to see if Ryder Moving is the right call for your move, check out our Ryder moving truck profile page.profile page.

Truck Size Guide


  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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
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Truck Rental Tips


Each company has its own positives and negatives, but there are some tips that are universal when dealing with the truck rental companies. We've learned the ins and outs from booking to drop off, so take note so you'll be prepared when you rent your next moving truck.

Flexible Scheduling

Flexible scheduling could mean a lower price.


You are likely to pay more if you insist on moving on a weekend because everyone wants to move then. The spring and summer, peak moving seasons, also tend to bring with them higher prices. Weekdays in the off season could mean getting to move at bargain prices.

Avoid Shutout

Avoid getting shut out.


You’ll find weekends and the busy season also mean less access to the vehicle size you need and your preferred pick-up location. Some consumers have reported getting a smaller truck than they ordered, which can be problematic if you have a lot of stuff to haul. Starting your journey at another pick-up location might mean going out of your way before your move even begins.

Hidden Fees

Seek out insurance.


You have to find out about the insurance options available to you because most credit card companies and auto insurance firms will not cover such a large vehicle. Let’s face it, you’re not usually driving a truck like this, so it’s easy to make mistakes that could cost you. This is NOT the place to save money. In this case, insurance is really an investment that could save you in the long run.

Fuel

Don’t forget the fuel.


If you’re trying to stay on a budget, make sure you weigh in the cost of gas when making your plans. Lots of DIY movers, who go the truck rental route, forget about the fuel fees and end up spending way more than they expected when all is said and moved. A hybrid Prius these big boys are not. They get a paltry 6 - 8 MPG, and with the average gas price around $3.30 / gallon, your fuel cost can add up fast. U-Pack has a really handy calculator that you can use to calculate your gas cost.

Leaf

Suck up the environmental fee.


I have to admit that even I, someone with a soft spot for all environmentally sound efforts, found it hard to accept that each of these truck rental options charges an environmental fee. The problem I had is that it’s unclear exactly how this extra money - coming out of my pocket - was benefitting the environment. Yet, the companies are allowed to charge this fee and they do. So, you have to pay it and move on. If it will help, say a little prayer that it actually is helping the planet.

Hidden Costs

Get the low down about hidden costs.


Ask questions about the pricing. You can even come out and ask, “Are there any hidden costs?” Ask if the price you’re given at reservation time is likely to change and how it might change. For goodness sake, for long-distance moves, get the low down on whether you’ll get money back if you finish the trip in less time than the company is estimating. Find out how much more you’ll be charged if you end up returning the truck later than estimated. Do whatever you can to make sure there are no surprises on that bill in the end. That’s not the kind of surprise anyone wants.

Clean Out Truck

Clean out the truck.


Make sure you sweep out the interior, move out all your stuff, and don’t leave any trash or belongings in the truck. Most of the truck rental companies will charge you more if you don’t bring back the truck in the same condition as you received it. And the cleaning gods will smile down on you to boot.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   Tucson, AZ

    3/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Tucson, AZ

    3/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had a problem with the air conditioner when we picked up the truck but it was dealt with in an excellent and fast way. The truck was great the entire trip. Best rental I have ever done.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,860 mi
    Cost $730
    Per. Mile $0.39
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Pasadena, MD

    3/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Pasadena, MD

    3/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The size of the truck was great and there were no mechanical issues. Blankets had to be delivered day of move and we were able to extend rental at last minute which was great! We chose Penske because they were close to us and we would use their trucks again.

    Move Details

    Distance 35 mi
    Cost $200
    Per. Mile $5.71
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Tampa, FL

    3/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Tampa, FL

    3/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Uhaul was good, it took me about 45 min in total to check the truck out and I only found out there I got there that the storage unit was only open until 7pm. Overall, it's ok because my stuff will only be there for a short amount of time.

    Move Details

    Distance 4 mi
    Cost $60.00
    Per. Mile $15.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   New Castle, PA

    1/31/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      New Castle, PA

    1/31/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I was charged 112.88 for a 15 foot truck an only went 20 miles total, I was told my final bill would be alot less if I didn't use over 60 miles, that was not the case. I feel that amount was expensive an misleading. Will not rent Uhaul again at the Harlansburg,1455 address in New Castle, Pa.

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $113
    Per. Mile $5.65
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Kill Devil Hills, NC

    1/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Kill Devil Hills, NC

    1/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We were able to reserve the rental truck from home in Williamsburg VA and pick it up at the Home Depot located just 6 miles from our moving site. This helped us keep our costs down since they charge for mileage. The only negative was that the paperwork at pickup and drop off of the truck took longer than we thought it would. Plan for 25 minutes or so for paperwork each time.

    Move Details

    Distance 5 mi
    Cost $102
    Per. Mile $20.40
    SqFt. Moved 890

  •   Bonita Springs, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Bonita Springs, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    A 26' truck, 16' POD, & small UHaul were needed for our 4 bed home. The 26' truck performed well during the 11 hour drive with no mechanical problems. It did have a light out @ rental but Penske sent someone over within an hour to fix. Our experience with Penske could not have been more positive. We were moving to SW FL the same week as Hurricane Irma resulting in numerous delays & challenges to our move. Penske was extremely understanding & accomodating. We communicated regularly with them about the delays. They allowed us to keep the truck an extra week and reduced the rate. The rental office guys inside the Home Depot were also helpful & friendly.

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,900
    Per. Mile $4.14
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   Arden, NC

    11/5/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Arden, NC

    11/5/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Took a little while to actually get the truck but it all went well. Fees were as quoted and had all materials we needed to help with the move. I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 740 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $1.08
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Toledo, OH

    10/19/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Toledo, OH

    10/19/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We rented a U-haul 26ft truck and a car dolly. It was very clean when we picked it up for a 1200 mile drive from Hudson, Fl to Toledo, Ohio. The cost of the trip was $1076.00. The employees at the pick-up site for the truck and the drop-off site were very friendly and professional taking the time to answer all our questions. We have used U-Hall in the past and will use them again when we move in a few months again. We were very pleased with this company.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,076
    Per. Mile $0.90
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   Brooklyn, NY

    9/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Brooklyn, NY

    9/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I liked Budget truck rental. They let me do a one-way rental at a fair price initially. However, they made me pay for a 6-day rental when I only needed 3. The insurance is astronomical and adds hundreds of dollars to a move. Other than that, the truck did it's job.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 550

  •   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

    9/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

    9/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy to do on the toll-free line for AMAC discount; local business a little too quick to deal with for older folks although all we had to do was pick up the pre-arranged 26' truck.

    Move Details

    Distance 225 mi
    Cost $422
    Per. Mile $1.88
    SqFt. Moved 450

  •   Antioch, CA

    9/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Antioch, CA

    9/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The dropoff location in Modesto was extremely professional. The location in Antioch was OK, but not nearly as professional and their facility messy and chaotic.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $179
    Per. Mile $4.48
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Buffalo, NY

    7/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Buffalo, NY

    7/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    my truck was ready on time. Got everything done in a few hours and returned the truck. It was a very good experience. Cost was a big factor in making my decision.

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $50.00
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 650

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