How to Rent a Moving Truck or Trailer


If you plan to move, renting a moving truck can prove an integral part to the process. While you might find it easier and faster to hire a professional moving company, renting a moving truck allows you to have more control and can save money transporting all your furniture and personal belongings to your new home. Many rental companies offer rental trucks for multiple needs, but you must first determine your best options.

1. Locate companies in your area that rent moving trucks and trailers. Ryder, Penske and Upack stand among the big rental companies that you can find in almost every state and offer different sizes of rental trucks and trailers to meet your choices. Call early to reserve your rental truck or trailer.

2. Determine the size of moving truck or trailer you need. The size of the moving truck you need to rent should depend on the size of your household. If you have a three-bedroom house, you can choose from a 15- or 17-foot truck. Make sure you allow enough space for your moving vehicle to make the moving experience as smooth as possible. The rental company may have different sizes of moving trucks, so ask for the written guidelines to make the right choice.

3. Before you select a rental company, consider comparing other company’s services. Compare prices for as many companies as possible. You may get a lower deal.

4. Once you have chosen your moving truck, make the deal. When making the reservation, have your driving record and required licenses and/or insurance on hand. Make sure the company has the truck available for your scheduled move dates. Ensure you understand the rental company’s terms of services. They will most likely charge you a deposit fee, in which with many companies offers a refund when you return the moving truck safely and in good condition.

5. Most rental agencies will offer additional short-term insurance to provide coverage for every day you have the moving truck on the road. Ensure you understand this additional insurance to avoid paying more money later. Find out precisely what it covers. Check your auto insurance policy to see if it covers insurance for truck and trailer rentals.

6. Allow the rental dealer to show you the special instructions for operating the rental truck. Make sure you understand how it functions and determine if the vehicle works is in good condition. Inspect the truck and list any existing damage before renting the truck.

7. Before returning the rental truck or trailer, make sure you follow the company’s drop-off policy. Almost all rental contracts require you to return the vehicle with the same amount of gas before you rented it and with the keys intact. Check for any damage that may have occurred during the trip, and prepare for any liability the company might charge you.

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About the Author: Vincent Carreno is a cars enthusiast who loves all things about cars and the automotive technology. He is also the chief editor at a local magazine which shares new, exciting and informative articles about troubleshooting car problems.

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