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Question DetailsAsked on 12/5/2013

Who is the best place to rent a moving truck from?

I am moving about 15 miles away from springfield, il and trying to see if there is a cheaper option than uhaul

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This is Leah B. in Member Services, happy to help!

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Answered 6 years ago by Member Services


From my personal experience, there are more UHaul places around, they have trailers and trucks, and they also have a lot more packing materials and such handy to buy. Ryder tends to run to larger trucks but in my experience with a half dozen or so rentals turned out cheaper by a good bit - but they stock fewer trucks at a location so if someone fails to return a truck on schedule you are more likely to find you cannot get it when you want it. I have also found their in-town rental rates are more reasonable - for some reason UHaul seems to penalize you big time for local rentals where you return it the same place you rented it.

Penske also rents trucks, as do Budget and Enterprise car rental, at a minimum. If you are talking pickup truck or can, then most car rental companies rent a limited number.

Be sure you are comfortable with driving the truck size you rent - the larger ones from Penske and Ryder scare the pants off many people with their commercial width, and be certain to remember your height - LOTS of drive through restaurants have had their signs or drive through canopies hit by rental trucks, and I would not count on them being forgiving if you take out a $1000 sign. Ditto to backing in under a porch or to a garage to load or unload. I would tape a big sign to yourself on dash - WATCH HEIGHT or some such.

Also, pay attention to the truck height - some are very low so loading is easy, some sit 4 feet off the ground to the bed. Especially important if loading and unloading yourself, or planning on using a handtruck. Remember handling equipment when you rent - handtruck, padding blankets, boxes, pallet handler, reefer handtruck if needed, etc.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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