Cost of Renting Moving Trucks

Budget The Cost Of Moving Truck Rentals

  1. The Date(s) That You Plan to Move
  2. The Size of the Truck You Need
  3. The Distance You Plan to Travel With the Truck
  4. Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
  5. Additional Costs to Remember

1. The Date(s) That You Plan to Move

The dates that you will need to use the truck on will have a significant impact on how much money you will have to shell out for a rental. It goes without saying that you will have to pay more depending on how long you want to use the truck for. You should call the rental facility and get a cost per day rate so you can create an estimated total cost of the rental. The time in which you will require the use of the truck is also critical to how much you have to pay for it. Weekends are typically the most popular time to move. Others times when moving is popular are towards the end of the month as well as during summer months. You should expect to pay a higher rate if you plan to rent a truck during these months.

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2. The Size of the Truck You Need

The rental rate for a truck is also affected by how large the truck is. The most popular trucks to rent are ones that have an average size, meaning not too big and not too small. Usually, and this should be fairly apparent, larger trucks will often have higher rental rates, while smaller trucks have smaller rental rates. When renting a truck, take into account what size truck you are comfortable with operating. If you cannot drive a larger truck, you obviously have to rent multiple smaller ones and have some friends or family drive them for you.

3. The Distance You Plan to Travel with the Truck.

If you are renting a truck to move across the country, then there are many smaller factors that will play into how much you will have to pay for the rental. Driving the truck that far will require the company to perform maintenance on the oil levels, water, and replaceable parts. This will be done when you return the truck. You also have to be responsible for gasoline when the truck is in your possession. Some companies will include a certain amount of miles that you are allowed to drive before you have to pay the company per mile. Other companies will charge per mile no matter how far you drive. These companies will not give you an included amount of the rental. You should do the math and estimate the costs of rentals from these companies. This can help you find the option that is actually cheaper 

4. Pickup and Drop-off Locations

Many truck rental companies will create a rate based on a composition of many factors, such as where you decide to pick up and return the rented trucks. If you want to pick up a truck at an unpopular location, be prepared to pay more. The company will have to pay out of pocket to get the inventory to a more popular location. It isn't as much the state in which you rent the truck as much as it is the specific location that affects cost. Keep this in mind when selecting a rental location.

No matter where you rent a truck from or from whom, you can expect to pay a different cost based on time of the year and distance being traveled. You can likely find a cheaper rate for boxes or you could even find the boxes for free by doing some research to find the best truck rates out there. If you are going across the country, then you should pretty much accept that you will have a high rental rate. Do not fall for online click-bait ads that promise an incredibly low rate for a truck rental when the company likely cannot deliver this rate to you.

5. Additional Costs to Remember

Renting a moving truck is a great option if you have to move on a budget.However, you should keep in mind that the cost of renting the truck does not include fuel, which can be rather pricy. Fuel is especially costly for larger trucks. Be sure to follow all rules when using a rental company truck. If you damage anything or exceed the allowed miles, then you could have to pay extra. Keep this in mind, and renting a moving truck could be a very cheap alternative to using a moving company.

Grant M

4 years, 6 months ago

When renting a truck, would you require a special licence?

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Ashley Richmond

4 years, 1 month ago

If you are renting a truck from a company like U-Haul you won't need a license. However, if you are renting a truck for your moving company, you are definitely going to need your own license to drive that truck depending on the size of it. You will also need your own DOT number if you are planning to be a moving company.


Jon Jimenez

4 years, 5 months ago

When I am finished using the truck at night, would I still return it when I am finished or could I wait until the next day? Would I get charged extra for the time that I have the truck overnight?

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Ashley Richmond

4 years, 1 month ago

Hey Jon,

It depends on whether you are renting the truck by miles or by time. If you are renting the truck by the hour, you definitely would want to return the truck as soon as you complete your last trip. If you are renting it by miles, you won't have to worry about bringing it back right away.


Marley Kent

4 years, 2 months ago


I'm planning to save as much money as I can for my move and was wondering what it would normally cost to rent a truck and drive it from the east coast to the west coast. I'm planning to move on my own to save money on the move so it may take some time to load my truck. I may need a day to load, a couple days to drive and another day to unload. Do companies who rent out trucks to customers charge a little more for movers who are planning to move across the country? I know that the company I use must have a location up in the area that I'm moving to but I wanted to know if they would charge me more for driving it further than other customers usually drive it. Also, do you know how much gas it would take to move a large truck coast to coast? I want to make sure I have enough funds for gas as well. I also plan to stop a few times to get some rest. I also want to use the time to tour some cities along the way. Would it be more cost effective to rent another car while I stop in some cities that I want to tour? Sorry for all the questions. I just want to see if you can help me since you guys are pretty experienced with the moving industry and the costs associated with the services the moving industry provides. I tried your estimator and I think I would save lots of money if I do my move on my own, especially since I have lots of friends who can help me out with my move.

- Marley

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Ashley Richmond

4 years, 1 month ago

Hi Marley,

You shouldn't be charged more for using the truck for across the country. If a company does plan to charge you, you always have the option to use another company. We aren't sure about the gas for the truck since it depends on the size and the load within the truck. Feel free to send us an email at so we can help you out in private. Thanks!

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