Renting the right truck for the job
If you're moving to a new home, or if you have to transport a bulky piece of construction or demolition equipment, truck rentals are in your near future. Consumers have a lot of options when it comes to truck rentals, and you need to do your homework to make sure you get the best rate and are protected in the event of an accident.
Choosing a Rental Truck
A full range of vehicle sizes is available, from small pickup-truck rentals and Bobcat rentals to cargo van and full-sized moving truck rentals. Prices are typically offered on a sliding scale, with smaller vehicles renting for less and larger vehicles commanding a higher price. By booking your reservation in advance, you'll be better able to get the right truck for the job rather than be forced to rent a larger, more expensive vehicle because it was the only truck the rental company had available.
Be aware that there are several peak times for truck rentals. Moving-truck rentals are in high demand around the middle and end of the month, as apartment and house leases typically take effect on the 1st or the 15th of the month. Summer is also a much busier time for truck rentals than winter.
Tips for Getting a Good Deal on Truck Rentals
With cheap truck rentals, you should be wary of the possibility of fine print in the contract. Some truck rental companies offer too-good-to-be-true daily rates, and then charge ridiculous fees for your mileage. You should always know how many miles are (or are not) included in the daily rental price. Collect quotes from several different companies as a means of comparing your options.
Insurance can be another tricky issue; your current insurance policy may or may not cover truck rentals. Never assume you're covered; check with your insurance company. If you're not covered, many places that offer truck rentals can also sell you supplementary insurance at a per-day rate.
Test the truck so you know there are no leaks or major system or equipment malfunctions. You don't want the rental company to later claim that you are responsible for a pre-existing defect in a truck you rented, nor do you want your brakes to fail when you're hurtling down the highway with hundreds of pounds of building materials in your truck.
Two well-known companies that offer trucks and cargo vans are Budget and Ryder. Budget truck rentals are generally affordable and reliable, as are Ryder truck rentals. U-Haul is another well-known company that offers low daily rates, but be aware that they usually charge for mileage on top of the per-day rate. If you have a long way to go, it may be a better deal to rent a truck that has a higher daily price, but that also comes with a higher daily mileage allowance.