Choosing A Truck Rental Company

How to choose a moving truck rentalIf you are preparing for a DIY move then you are likely familiar with the three primary options: Truck rental, portable storage and freight. Each option provides a long list of benefits and drawbacks that must be considered before setting up your move. In this moving guide we will discuss the truck rental option because it is still the most widely used moving method and is available for local, regional and long distance moves.

When most people hear the term "truck rental" they automatically think of U-Haul. I applaud U-Haul for their ability to brand themselves so well that they are synonymous with an entire industry, similar to Kleenex, Google, PODS and Aspirin. While many people may jump online and book a moving truck from U-Haul, most fail to realize that there are two other large companies that provide moving trucks nationally; Penske Truck Rental and Budget Truck Rental. Let's explore each company so you can make the right choice for your move.

Penske Truck Rental

Prices Extremely competitive with U-Haul and Budget. Prices vary by season/route but are much more competitive than many think. Save up to 20% on your one-way truck rentals with our truck rental discounts!
Quality Nationally established as having the best quality of trucks available. They provide a young and well maintained fleet.
Reservations Easy to use, fast load times and easy to understand. Even better, they provide quotes for insurance prices and include taxes in their pricing. Budget Truck Rental does not.
Coverage The smallest of the three companies in terms of truck rentals. They provide complete national coverage and can be found in most primary and secondary markets, unlikely to be found in rural areas.

Budget Truck Rental

Prices Competitive with Penske and U-Haul. We've found them generally less expensive than U-Haul and slightly more expensive than Penske on average.
Quality 2nd best of the three companies. The fleet varies in age but is relatively well maintained and trucks are usually less than 7 years old.
Reservations Online reservations could be greatly improved. The quotes load slowly and does not include the price of taxes or optional insurances.
Coverage The 2nd largest in the country, Budget covers most major and secondary markets extremely well. You may find them in some rural markets but not all.

U-Haul Rental

Prices Because U-Haul has the most trucks on the road (by far) they can generally offer greater discounts. However we have found on many occasions that their prices are higher than the other two companies. This is likely because many consumers fail to price shop for truck rentals.
Quality Widely accepted as poor quality trucks. While they have added a large fleet of new trucks over the past few years they still have many older trucks that are constantly under scrutiny.
Reservations Simple and easy online reservation process. Includes the prices for insurance however does not appear to list taxes with the quote.
Coverage By far the largest rental truck company. They have over 15,000 locations and can be found extensively in all major markets and can usually be found in secondary and rural markets.

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