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Apr 17, 10:58
Question by memermagee (Janice Howard)

Best price on a rental truck, and what size to get?

Where to get the best price on renting a truck and what size do I need?

Apr 20, 09:54
Answer by tjohnson (Tim J.)

A few tips on getting the best rental truck deal for moving:

* Check with at least 3 companies, and compare apples to apples -- mileage rates, etc. Different companies have different ways of tallying charges.

* Avoid moving during busy periods: summertime, the weekends, the ends of the month. There tends to be more competition for rental trucks then. If you are moving then, make sure you reserve time, AND confirm that your reservation is guaranteed -- I have seen (personally) where someone's reservation is given away before they pick up their truck ('We ran out of trucks.')

* Ask for any specials. Things are slow, so rental truck agencies might be more likely to deal. If you can't get a break on the price, you might get a break on equipment like dolleys. Can't hurt to ask.

One area not to skimp on is insurance -- make you're covered.

Finally, here are some rough guidelines for the size truck you need, but a word of warning -- many people underestimate the size truck they need in order to save some money, only to be forced to make a couple trips because they had too much stuff. Savings down the drain!

10 ft truck - studio to 1 bedroom small apartment- approximately 350 cubic feet
15 ft truck - 2 bedroom house or apartment- approximately 750 cubic feet
20 ft truck - 3-4 bedroom house- approximately 1,250 cubic feet 
25 ft truck - large 5-8 bedroom house- approximately 1,550 cubic feet

Good luck with your move,

Tim J. @

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