Need to change apartments or transport large items? Begin the process by searching for truck rentals on DexKnows and find local vendors that can help you move. But before renting a truck, here are five things you should do or ask.
Trucks come in various sizes and you can rent them for short or long periods of time. For smaller, quick jobs, it might be better to rent a cargo van. If transporting large equipment, such as boats or other vehicles, you’ll need a trailer or two dolly and a trailer hitch. Make sure you explore all your options.
Many companies will provide additional equipment and packing supplies – including dollies, boxes, tape, tie-downs, pads, blankets and more — but usually for a price! Compare the pricing to find out if it’s more cost effective to acquire these items from your moving company or to purchase them ahead of time.
What you need depends on how much furniture you have and how many trips you want to make. For example, cargo vans may be better for college students without a lot of furniture, while a person moving out of a two-bedroom apartment might consider renting a 14-foot truck. Trailers start at around 25 square feet of capacity and go up to 400 square feet, depending on the company. The difference between trailers and trucks may be your ability to stack furniture to maximize the vertical space inside. Check out your movers’ sizing chart for suggestions.
The rental agreement includes standard fees, extra expenses and costs for additional equipment, as well as the rental period. Local rentals may include a flat rental rate plus a per-mile fee. The per-mile fee may be $0.59-$0.99 per mile, depending on the size of the vehicle you’re renting.
Most companies will rent the equipment for eight to 10 hours, and some vehicles are available to rent for up to five days. Many companies allow you to rent online and choose your exact pickup and drop-off times. But make sure you know the hours of the rental facility, including whether the place is open late. You don’t want to accrue additional charges if you drop off the rental too late!
For people moving across state lines, there may be an extra fee for dropping off the truck or trailer in another state. Some companies include an estimated number of miles in the rental fee, based on the pickup and drop-off ZIP codes. Other companies establish a higher per-day flat rate with “unlimited miles” built in. These rentals can cost anywhere from $150-$500 or more, depending on the size of the rental vehicle and how long you rent it for.
Driving a truck is not the same as driving a car. Depending on the size of the truck, it may be a challenge to negotiate traffic, park the vehicle and fit the truck into small spaces. Because this is a new experience for some, rental companies often offer damage coverage at an additional cost. This is similar to when people rent standard cars. However, check with your insurance provider to see whether a rental truck is covered under your policy.
Ideally, you will not have any mechanical issues with your truck rental. However, it is important to understand what happens if there are. Some rental companies offer roadside assistance in case of mechanical failure or accidents. Before renting, make sure that your insurance covers such a situation or that the rental company provides that service.
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