Moving Companies

U-Haul Truck Rental

U-Haul rates are affordable for local moves—but the $19.95 rate you see advertised on its trucks rarely matches the final price.

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We all know about U-Haul. We’ve seen its white and orange trucks in passing and heard its name a time or two. There’s a reason it’s one of the best-known rental truck companies in America—it’s everywhere.

Along with nationwide availability, U-Haul offers one of the largest truck and trailer rental selections on the market. Plus, U-Haul costs are affordable if professional movers and moving containers are out of your budget.

PROS

Lots of locations

Budget-friendly base rates

Roadside assistance available on every move

User-friendly website

CONS

Reservations not guaranteed

Additional fees not spelled out

Unhelpful customer service

U-Haul costs for renting a truck

Truck size10 ft.15 ft.20 ft.26 ft.
Moving Distance976 miles976 miles976 miles976 miles
Included mileage1,151 miles included1,151 miles included1,151 miles included1,151 miles included
Base price/rental fee$1,516.93$1636.12$1,931.12$2,226.12
Estimate fuel costs*$300.93$361.93$361.93$361.93
Damage protection$90.00$90.00$90.00$90.00
Environmental fee$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00
Dimensions9 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 2 in.15 ft. x 7 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 2 in.19 ft. 6 in. x 7 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 2 in.26 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. in. x 8 ft. 3 in.
Capacity Studio to 1-bedroom apartment1-bedroom home or 2-bedroom apartment2-bedroom home or 3 bedroom apartment3- to 4-bedroom home

What you need to know about your U-Haul quote

The trick with U-Haul is to comb through the fine print on your quote and ask questions about every added cost. Nine times out of ten you’ll pay more than the advertised base rate, but despite their customer service reputation, it’s helpful to speak with a customer service representative directly—U-Haul costs are negotiable.

U-Haul rates for one-way moves are affected by these factors:

Rental fee

The price per day for any truck, cargo trailer, utility trailer, or car carrier is good for up to five days. After that, U-Haul will charge you $40 for every additional twenty-four hours.

So if your move takes six days instead of five, U-Haul will charge you roughly double for that extra day. Pretty annoying if you ask us, but at least it discourages the renters ahead of you from going over their time and dipping into yours.

Mileage rates

Mileage rates range anywhere from $0.59 to $0.99 per mile. There’s no mileage charge on one-way moves (a.k.a. long-distance moves), but U-Haul usually gives you an allotted number of miles you have to stay under.

This is where we’ve heard the most complaints about hidden fees. U-Haul’s known for hitting customers with excessive mileage charges after the fact. Ask clarifying questions before your move. Like, will you pay (literally) if you make an out-of-the-way pit stop on your road trip?

Fuel charges

When you drop off your truck, you’ll need to fill it back up with the same amount of gas it had at pickup.

The cost of refilling your tank multiple times throughout your trip is easy to forget about when budgeting—especially since some trucks get as little as ten miles per gallon

What are U-Haul's rental services?

U-Haul offers tons of services, but it also has lots of locations—which means varied customer experiences, quality of equipment upkeep, and availability of each truck and trailer size.

Don’t get us wrong: availability in all fifty states is a big deal.

But make sure you read your location’s Google reviews to see if it offers the services you need and if its customers are leaving happy. After all, moving companies aren’t like McDonald’s—the experience won’t be consistent at each location.