Compare moving truck rental companies
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U-Haul is the most popular moving truck rental company in the business, and for good reason.
Since it pioneered the concept of one-way trailer rentals, U-Haul has grown to maintain over 20,000 locations and now boasts the largest rental fleet in the nation. No matter the size or location of your move, U-Haul has what you need.
Compare U-Haul’s rental truck sizes and features
Truck sizes 10 foot 15 foot 17 foot 20 foot 26 foot Internal dimensions 9 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. 16 ft. 9 in. 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. 5 in. x 8 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 3 in. Capacity Studio to 1-bedroom apartment 1-bedroom home to 2-bedroom apartment Up to 2-bedroom home 2-bedroom home to 3-bedroom apartment 3–4 bedroom home Weight limit (lbs.) 2,850 6,385 6,160 5,700 9,010 Interior space (cu. ft.) 402 764 865 1,016 1,682 Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 33 40 40 40 60 Miles per gallon 12 10 10 10 10Truck sizesInternal dimensionsCapacityWeight limit (lbs.)Interior space (cu. ft.)Fuel tank capacity (gallons)Miles per gallon 10 foot 15 foot 17 foot 20 foot 26 foot 9 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. 16 ft. 9 in. 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. 5 in. x 8 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 3 in. Studio to 1-bedroom apartment 1-bedroom home to 2-bedroom apartment Up to 2-bedroom home 2-bedroom home to 3-bedroom apartment 3–4 bedroom home 2,850 6,385 6,160 5,700 9,010 402 764 865 1,016 1,682 33 40 40 40 60 12 10 10 10 10
- Operates 20,000-plus locations
- Makes reserving online easy
- Offers many different truck sizes
- Equips trucks with low decks and “EZ-Load” ramps
- Offers moving trailers in multiple sizes
- Changes reservations when truck inventory is low
Why U-Haul is the best moving van rental company
U-Haul has the most locations
People often joke that you can find a Starbucks on every corner. Funny enough, U-Haul isn’t too far behind.
U-Haul truck rentals are available in all 50 states, and cities and big suburbs often have several locations to choose from. What does this mean for you?
Regardless of where you live, you can almost always rent from U-Haul. If your nearest U-Haul location doesn’t have the truck size you need, you can likely rent it from another nearby U-Haul.
We love the level of convenience this offers DIY movers. You’re busy enough trying to plan the logistics of your move. The last thing you need is the rental truck company rescheduling and putting a wrench in your carefully made plans.
However, it’s important to note that U-Haul doesn’t offer unlimited mileage options. For local rentals, you pay per mile. For longer, one-way moves (where you pick up your truck at one location and drop it off at another), U-Haul calculates a number of miles and days based on the destination distance.
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U-Haul has 7 vehicle sizes
U-Haul has seven moving van and truck sizes to choose from. Although it doesn’t have the largest variety among the truck rental companies on our list (that honor belongs to Enterprise), we think its vehicle choices still satisfy almost any moving situation.
Here’s U-Haul’s full vehicle lineup:
- 8-foot pickup truck
- 9-foot cargo van
- 10-foot truck
- 15-foot truck
- 17-foot truck
- 20-foot truck
- 26-foot truck
U-Haul’s range of truck sizes allows you to choose the moving truck that most closely meets your needs. Many companies offer small, medium, and large trucks, but it’s the sizes in between that really set U-Haul apart from other truck rental companies. Reserve your U-Haul truck by requesting a quote.
To learn more, read our full U-Haul Review.
Budget—Best budget pick
With a name like Budget Truck Rental, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn Budget is one of the most economical truck rental options and a great U-Haul alternative. Budget offers low up-front pricing and a host of deals and discounts to help you save on your rental reservation.
Compare Budget’s rental truck sizes and features
Truck sizes 12 foot 16 foot 26 foot Internal dimensions 11 ft. 8 in. x 6 ft. 3 in. x 6 ft. 1 in. 16 ft. x 6 ft. x 3 in. x 6 ft. 7 in. 26 ft. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. Capacity Studio to 2-bedroom apartment 3–4 rooms or 1-bedroom home 5–8 rooms or 2- to 3-bedroom home Weight limit (lbs.) 3,610 4,460 10,000 Interior space (cu. ft.) 443 830 1,698 Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 33 33 50 Miles per gallon 8–14 6–10 8–10Truck sizesInternal dimensionsCapacityWeight limit (lbs.)Interior space (cu. ft.)Fuel tank capacity (gallons)Miles per gallon 12 foot 16 foot 26 foot 11 ft. 8 in. x 6 ft. 3 in. x 6 ft. 1 in. 16 ft. x 6 ft. x 3 in. x 6 ft. 7 in. 26 ft. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. Studio to 2-bedroom apartment 3–4 rooms or 1-bedroom home 5–8 rooms or 2- to 3-bedroom home 3,610 4,460 10,000 443 830 1,698 33 33 50 8–14 6–10 8–10
- Available across the continental US
- Keeps costs low for long-distance moves
- Provides instant online quotes
- Offers discounts for military members, students, and others
- Charges more for add-ons than U-Haul
- Has only 3 truck sizes
Why we recommend Budget Truck Rental
Budget is the lowest-priced option
Budget is by far the most affordable moving truck rental company for local moves. Our research shows that a local move with Budget costs just $80 on average—and its overall average price of $1,520 is $30 cheaper than its competitors.
That means Budget’s base rate undercuts both U-Haul and Penske. These cost savings make a big difference if you’re moving down the street or one town over.
Long-distance travelers may not notice as steep a discount. Although Budget’s rates are still cheaper overall, you may pay slightly less than or about the same with Budget as with the competition on a cross-country trip.
Also, Budget doesn’t offer unlimited miles. On local moves, renters pay per mile. For long-distance trips, you’ll get an allotted amount and can purchase additional miles as needed. Hint: it’s best to estimate how many miles you’ll need as they’re cheaper to purchase in advance—you’ll pay $0.70 per mile up front and $0.85 per mile if you exceed your allotment.
Fun fact: Budget partners with Avis
Fun fact: Budget partners with Avis
Budget partners with Avis Car Rental to supply Avis customers with cargo vans and moving trucks that are larger than the vehicles in Avis’ core fleet. You can learn more about this service by visiting the Avis website.
Budget has plenty of discounts
Adding to its reputation of providing affordable moves, Budget offers several discounts to further reduce the price of its already affordable truck rentals.
Here’s a quick rundown of which groups qualify for Budget’s discounts:
- Military personnel
- AARP members
- Police, fire, and EMT personnel
- Motor Club members
- Bar Association members
To learn more, read our full Budget Truck Rental Review.
Penske Truck Rental is the third-largest rental truck provider in the nation and also maintains one of the newest truck fleets on our list. Although Budget has more locations than Penske, Penske offers one more truck size, making it a good option if you need a different size and don’t mind spending more for your rental.
Compare Penske’s rental truck sizes and features
Truck sizes 12 foot 16 foot 22 foot 26 foot Internal dimensions 12 ft. x 6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 1 in. 16 ft. x 7 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 6 in. 21 ft. 11 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. 25 ft. 11 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. Capacity 1–2 rooms 2–3 rooms 3–5 rooms 5–7 rooms Weight limit (lbs.) 3,100 4,300 10,000 10,000 Interior space (cu. ft.) 450 800 1,200 1,700 Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 33 33 50 50 Miles per gallon 12 12 13 13Truck sizesInternal dimensionsCapacityWeight limit (lbs.)Interior space (cu. ft.)Fuel tank capacity (gallons)Miles per gallon 12 foot 16 foot 22 foot 26 foot 12 ft. x 6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 1 in. 16 ft. x 7 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 6 in. 21 ft. 11 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. 25 ft. 11 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 1 in. 1–2 rooms 2–3 rooms 3–5 rooms 5–7 rooms 3,100 4,300 10,000 10,000 450 800 1,200 1,700 33 33 50 50 12 12 13 13
- Available across the continental US and Canada
- Has 4 different truck sizes
- Offers multiple discounts
- Provides multiple coverage options
- Costs more than U-Haul and Budget for local moves
Why we recommend Penske Truck Rental
Penske guarantees reservations
When you reserve a specific truck size at a specific pickup location for a specific date and time, you expect that truck to be there when you arrive, right? With Penske, your reservation is guaranteed, which means you’ll get what you requested—where and when you asked for it.
This is uncommon when it comes to moving truck rentals. In fact, one of the biggest customer complaints is a lack of guaranteed reservations. With most companies, you’re at the mercy of poor logistics (and late returns), and you’re likely to show up on moving day to find that there’s no truck available, or that you are forced to use a 26-foot van when you only need a 12-footer.
Penske hires drivers (who are referred to as “hikers”) to transport rentals between locations so trucks are available as reserved.
Penske also gives you a bit of flexibility when choosing your rental size.
Here are Penske’s truck rental options:
- 12-foot truck
- 16-foot truck
- 22-foot truck
- 26-foot truck
If you aren’t sure whether or not your belongings will fit into the 16-foot option, it’s nice to know you can choose the 22-foot truck rather than jumping all the way to the 26-foot option with a company like Budget.
Penske offers multiple discounts
Penske already has the cheapest average rate on one-way moves ($1,750 vs. $1,780 with competitors), and it offers a few different ways to save a little extra money on your truck rental. It doesn’t have quite the number of discounts as Budget, but it outshines every other company on our list in this department (including U-Haul).
One way Penske helps you save big is with its unlimited mileage policy. Penske is the only major national mover to offer unlimited miles on one-way rentals anywhere in the US.
Penske also offers discounts for the following people:
- AAA members
- Military personnel
- College students
- New customers
Any effort a company makes to save customers money is a win in our book, so if you land in one of these three groups and don’t think U-Haul or Budget is a good fit for you, we think you’ll be happy with Penske. Get your quote to see how much you can save.
To learn more, read our full Penske Truck Rental Review.
Enterprise—Best for local moves
Moving truck rentals might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Enterprise (Star Trek is, of course), but it actually offers the largest variety of rental trucks and vans on our list. Having a greater number of choices can help you select exactly the right vehicle for your move. But there’s a downside: Enterprise covers only round-trip rentals (with limited exceptions).
Compare Enterprise’s rental trucks sizes and features
Vehicle sizes 15-foot parcel van 16-foot cabover truck 24-foot box truck 26-foot box truck Dimensions* 15 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 ft. 16 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 ft. 6 in. 24 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 6 in. 26 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 6 in. Capacity 1–3+ rooms 3–4 rooms 5+ rooms 5+ rooms Weight limit (lbs.) 5,000 7,500 10,000 10,000 Interior space (cu. ft.)** 810 960 1,500 1,800Vehicle sizesDimensions*CapacityWeight limit (lbs.)Interior space (cu. ft.)** 15-foot parcel van 16-foot cabover truck 24-foot box truck 26-foot box truck 15 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 ft. 16 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 ft. 6 in. 24 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 6 in. 26 ft. x 8 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 6 in. 1–3+ rooms 3–4 rooms 5+ rooms 5+ rooms 5,000 7,500 10,000 10,000 810 960 1,500 1,800
*Interior dimensions were not available. Dimensions shown are of the exterior of the cargo container.
**Interior dimensions were not available. Dimensions shown are only an estimate. Contact your nearest Enterprise Truck Rental location for more precise specifications.
(Specific fuel tank capacity specifications were not available as this varies by the year, make, and model of each vehicle.)
- Offers largest variety of vehicle types on our list
- Is available across the US and Canada
- Doesn’t offer one-way rentals
- Has inconsistent online pricing
Why we recommend Enterprise Truck Rental
Enterprise has the largest variety of vehicles for rent
Enterprise Truck Rental offers 14 different vehicle options.
Enterprise’s inventory ranges from pickup trucks and cargo vans to twenty-six-foot moving trucks, meaning Enterprise can rent you a vehicle to accomplish everything from moving an old loveseat to moving a whole bunch of loveseats (and probably the rest of your belongings too).
Since Enterprise has such a large selection of vans and trucks, we didn’t include all of them in the table above, but you can see a full list of its offerings here:
- 24-foot truck
- 26-foot truck
- 16-foot truck
- 15-foot van
- 16-foot stakebed truck
- 24-foot stakebed truck
- 16-foot stakebed truck
- 24-foot stakebed truck
- Compact cargo van (123 cu. ft. cargo capacity)
- Cargo van (260 cu. ft. cargo capacity)
- Heavy-duty cargo van (224 cu. ft. cargo capacity)
- Heavy-duty XL cargo van (254 cu. ft. cargo capacity)
- High roof cargo van (345 cu. ft. cargo capacity)
- ½-ton pickup truck
- ¾-ton pickup truck
- 1-ton pickup truck
Although Enterprise has a large variety of rental vehicles, you almost always have to return them to the original location of your reservation.
This rules out Enterprise for long-distance moves, but if your move is keeping you in town, Enterprise has a lot of vehicles to choose from.
Enterprise waives mileage fees for the first 300 miles
Cutting down expenses is an important part of any DIY move. That’s why we love that Enterprise includes 300 free miles with your rental—not quite as awesome as unlimited miles, but still a nice perk.
Most truck rental companies don’t offer free miles unless you’re conducting a long-distance (one-way) move, so we appreciate this cost-saving perk for local movers or individuals who need to rent a vehicle for another project that keeps them in town.
If your local move extends beyond 300 miles, don’t fret. Enterprise’s mileage fee is one of the most affordable on our list.
Your fee will fluctuate based on the vehicle you select and your rental location, but we found it generally still remains one of the best rates available.
To read more, check out our Enterprise Truck Rental Review.
Home Depot—Best for hourly rentals
From sheetrock to siding, you can find practically anything you need for your home at Home Depot—including moving trucks.
And thanks to Home Depot’s Load-n-Go rental options, you can rent a truck or moving van for your local move for as little as one hour with no advance reservation. We also love that Home Depot’s local truck rentals come with unlimited miles, so you can make as many trips between your new and old home as needed.
(Note: Load-n-Go trucks are available only for local moves, but you can also grab a Penske truck from your neighborhood Home Depot store if you’re moving out of town.)
Compare Home Depot’s rental truck sizes and features
Vehicle type Pickup truck Cargo van Box truck Penske trucks Capacity 1 room 1–2 rooms 1–2 rooms 1–5 rooms Weight limit (lbs.) 3,000 3,000 3,850 Varies Interior space (cu. ft.) 77.3 277.7 515 Varies Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 35 26 25 VariesVehicle typeCapacityWeight limit (lbs.)Interior space (cu. ft.)Fuel tank capacity (gallons) Pickup truck Cargo van Box truck Penske trucks 1 room 1–2 rooms 1–2 rooms 1–5 rooms 3,000 3,000 3,850 Varies 77.3 277.7 515 Varies 35 26 25 Varies
- Offers a wide variety of vehicle types
- Has over 2,200 locations across North America
- Offers unlimited miles on local rentals
- Charges no hidden fees
- Maintains affordable hourly rental rates
- Doesn’t offer reservations for local moves
- Has expensive surcharges for going beyond rental period
Why we recommend Home Depot truck rentals
Home Depot offers unlimited miles
Make as many trips between your new and old home as needed (if you’re moving locally) thanks to Home Depot’s unlimited mileage policy.
Just pay for the time you need to rent a truck or van, and drive all the miles you like! Just keep in mind: you are responsible for any fuel you use and must refuel the vehicle before returning it.
Home Depot makes it quick and easy to rent at your local store
With more than 2,200 locations across North America, it’s easy to find a Home Depot store to rent a truck from. Plus, the no-reservations system means you can rent a truck exactly when you need it, and you won’t be stressed if you’re not ready by a specific time.
If you’re worried about truck availability, show up bright and early on moving day. (Just be sure to buy plenty of coffee and bagels for anyone helping you with your morning move!)
If you prefer a reservable option or need a truck for a long-distance move, look into Home Depot’s Penske truck rentals. You can drive these trucks cross-country, and Home Depot has an after-hours drop-off option.
To learn more, read our full Home Depot Truck Rental Review.
Moving truck rental FAQ
How can I save money on my truck rental?
One of the easiest ways to save money when you rent a truck is to take advantage of the discounts that moving truck companies offer.
Some of these discounts are exclusively for senior citizens, military members, and students, but many are offered to just about everybody. Sometimes all you need is a promo code or to book your rental while a seasonal deal is running.
Even companies that won’t let you rent their trucks for cheap might still hook you up with discounted hotel rooms or other deals.
To learn about all the deals offered by moving truck companies, visit our truck rental deals and discounts page.
Which of these truck rental companies offer one-way (long-distance) rentals?
Of the companies on this list, only Enterprise doesn’t offer one-way rentals.
All the other companies will allow you to pick up your rental truck at one location and return it at a different location, even if that location is thousands of miles away. Without this service, moving long-distance in a rental truck would be virtually impossible.
What makes a good moving truck rental company?
Choosing a rental truck company may seem like a fairly straightforward process, but you should consider a few things when making your final choice.
Whether it’s the number of company locations or the number of trucks and vans in the company’s rental fleet, the higher the number the better. More availability means you have a greater chance of reserving the right truck on the right day.
Truck size options
If you’re moving from a studio apartment, you’ll want to choose a company that has small vans and trucks available (no sense in spending the money on a big truck for such a small job).
Large homes, on the other hand, require large trucks, so you should choose a company with trucks big enough to accommodate your needs.
Compare moving truck sizes
Truck size 10- to 12-ft. 15- to 16-ft. 17- to 20-ft. 22- to 26-ft. Home size Studio, 1–2 rooms 1-bed home, 3–4 rooms 2-bed home, 3-bed apartment 5–8 rooms, 3-bed home and largerTruck sizeHome size 10- to 12-ft. 15- to 16-ft. 17- to 20-ft. 22- to 26-ft. Studio, 1–2 rooms 1-bed home, 3–4 rooms 2-bed home, 3-bed apartment 5–8 rooms, 3-bed home and larger
One other thing to consider when choosing a specific truck size is gas mileage. Larger trucks may be less efficient over long distances, so take care not to overestimate how much space you’ll need. Also, ask whether different sizes require regular gas or diesel fuel, which may be more expensive. Use a gas mileage calculator to factor in gas costs for your trip.
If you’re looking into renting a moving truck, it’s safe to assume you’re trying to save money. We know it’s tempting to choose the cheapest rental company you can find, but we find movers are more satisfied with companies that have transparent pricing rather than low pricing.
Rental truck companies have varying mileage policies, and only Penske offers unlimited mileage on one-way moves. Home Depot also does unlimited miles, but they do local truck rentals only.
U-Haul and Budget have a per-mile fee for local moves and a mileage limit for long-distance moves—you’ll pay for any additional distance you drive beyond that cap. Enterprise offers up to 300 free miles for local moves only.
Depending on your move distance, unlimited mileage may not matter much to you. But if you want the flexibility to make a dozen trips back and forth on your local move or to stop at those wacky roadside attractions on your long-distance trip, you may want to compare unlimited mileage policies.
Does Ryder rent moving trucks?
Ryder Truck Rental offers vehicles for commercial business moves only. The company does not rent trucks to customers moving from one home to another. If you need to move your personal belongings, all of the truck rental companies on this list are great alternatives to Ryder.
Whether you go with our top pick or rent from another company on our list, let us know which company you choose in the comments below. We’d love to learn about your experience to help our readers make more informed choices for their upcoming moves.
Jenny Willden contributed to this report.
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