If 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.
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.
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.
Simple and easy online reservation process. Includes the prices for insurance however does not appear to list taxes with the quote.
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.