U-Haul Rental or the Other Guy? Comparing Moving Truck Companies

It doesn’t matter if you are moving two miles or two thousand miles: if you’re moving, you have to have a way to transport your belongings from your past home to your new home. While you may think this is an easy decision, there are many things to look at and consider in this process.

First, you need to decide if you want to use a moving truck, a pod, or a moving company. While each of these has its own set of pros and cons, the most important thing to consider is the distance of your move. If you are moving long distance with the budget to do so, you might want to consider a moving company. If you are moving into a temporary home until a more permanent home is ready, then moving your belongings into a pod makes the most sense. For the majority of movers, however, a moving truck is the way to go.

Moving Truck Options

Let’s look over the most popular lines of moving trucks on the market today.

  • U-Haul – The most popular and recommended moving truck on the market is a U-Haul. It has this reputation for many good reasons. Primarily, it will save you money. A U-Haul uses regular unleaded fuel while most other moving trucks use diesel. If passenger space is an issue, a U-Haul has pickup style cab seating with comfort for up to three people, while the competitors normally have bus style seating. There are over 20,000 locations to pick up and/or return your moving truck. As U-Haul is more nationally known, you do not have to go far to find a rental location. The loading deck is lower than most competitors, which makes loading and unloading easier. U-Haul has more sizes and styles of trucks available than any other moving truck company. They’ll also guarantee your reservation.
  • Ryder – Ryder moving trucks have over 500 locations available in North America. They guarantee reservations and their call center is always open. While they do not have as many choices as U-Haul, Ryder does offer a number of truck options and the option of refrigerated trucks. However, Ryder trucks tend to be more expensive than other competitors.
  • Budget – Budget moving trucks have a small fleet of trucks to choose from and around the same amount of locations as Ryder. Budget is great at matching prices of competitors. However, with only three choices in their fleet, they will not guarantee a reservation. This could put an unnecessary halt to your move.
  • Penske – Penske moving trucks are great if you are moving long distance since they offer unlimited mileage. This can be a real benefit to some people. Penske also has over 2,300 locations, so it’s a little easier to find a truck than with some other companies – but not as easy as with U-Haul. Penske is not priced well for shorter or in-town moves and they do not offer trailers.

While there are other moving truck companies out there, these are the top companies currently on the market.

Checklist for Moving with a Moving Truck

  • Reserve a Truck – As soon as you know that you’re moving, reserve your moving truck to ensure that you get the truck you want.
  • Reserve a Car Carrier – If you need to tow a vehicle, do not forget to reserve the car carrier in addition to the truck.
  • Get Moving Boxes – You want to be as organized as possible and uniform moving boxes and supplies pack better. Get all of your moving supplies today.
  • Mark Boxes – You don’t want to have to guess at what is in a box when you get to your new home, so be sure to mark your boxes with room names and major items.
  • Save Receipts – Some moving expenses may be tax deductible in some circumstances, so be sure to save all your receipts. Ask your tax advisor for more information.

If you keep a checklist and stay organized, moving doesn’t have to be as big of a headache as it could be.

In Jackson, Tennessee, Markham Self Storage is a licensed U-Haul dealer. Let us help you make the hard decisions such as what size truck you need and for how long. In addition to your U-Haul needs, we can help you with a storage unit during your transition period. Contact Markham Self Storage today for assistance.

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