Moving Companies That Offer Trailer Rentals

Bottom line: Penske and Budget offer affordable car trailer rentals if you’re already renting one of their moving trucks, but U-Haul has the best variety of trailer options available with or without a truck reservation.

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Whether you’re moving your kid into their college dorm room or relocating your studio-sized life across town, renting a trailer is a cheaper alternative to a full-sized moving truck—as long as you’re willing to tow the thing.

Plus, if you need to move your car and auto shipping is beyond your budget, a car trailer or tow dolly may be feasible options.

U-Haul offers the best selection of both enclosed trailers and car carriers of any nationwide company we’ve reviewed. But Budget and Penske are great options for car carrier rentals—if you’re already renting one of their moving trucks.

Read on to see our review of the best companies for moving and car trailers.

U-Haul—Best trailer selection

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

See where U-Haul ranks on our best truck rental companies list.

U-Haul allows you to rent its moving trailers a la carte, which means you don’t have to rent a moving truck to get a cargo trailer or tow dolly. This sets U-Haul apart from its competitors, who require you to rent moving trailers and car trailers/tow dollies all at the same time.

U-Haul is also the only company on our list to offer moving trailers in addition to car carriers and tow dollies (the others don’t offer trailers). In fact, U-Haul knocks it out of the park with its thirteen trailer options.

Be cautious of hidden fees, though—U-Haul has a rep for tacking extra costs onto your final bill.

Trailers U-Haul offers

Cargo trailers

U-Haul Cargo Trailer
Image credit: U-Haul

Cargo trailers are smaller than a rental truck but still offer the same protection from the elements. You’ll want one of these if you’re transporting bedroom furniture, fragile items, or that pricey West Elm desk you always use a coaster with.

It comes down to this: Cargo trailers are best if you want protection. Your belongings will be kept safe from highway debris, and you won’t have to worry about a surprise torrential downpour ruining your velvet loveseat.

Plus, U-Haul cargo trailers have lockable doors to keep your things safe from theft.

U-Haul cargo trailer rates

4’ x 8’5’ x 8’5’ x 10’6’ x 12’
Price per day$14.95 $14.95 $29.95$29.95
Weight limit1,650 lbs. 1,800 lbs. 1,550 lbs. 2,480 lbs.
Best forSingle room, dorm roomSingle room, twin bed, couches, chairs 1–2 bedrooms Larger loads of furniture
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4’ x 8’ 5’ x 8’ 5’ x 10’ 6’ x 12’
$14.95 $14.95 $29.95 $29.95
1,650 lbs. 1,800 lbs. 1,550 lbs. 2,480 lbs.
Single room, dorm room Single room, twin bed, couches, chairs 1–2 bedrooms Larger loads of furniture
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Utility trailers

U-Haul Utility Trailer
Image credit: U-Haul

Utility trailers are ideal for outdoor or oversized items like landscaping equipment or your brand-new gas grill.

We don’t recommend throwing your Restoration Hardware sectional in one of these—but if you’re transporting patio furniture, a lawn mower, or other items that can handle an open ride on the highway, we say go for it.

Several utility trailer sizes come with an EZ Ramp so you can slide heavy belongings onto the bed rather than lift them. These open trailers can’t be locked, but they do come with tie-down rings to secure your items in place.

U-Haul utility trailer rates

4’ x 7'5’ x 8’5’ x 9’ with ramp6’ x 12’6’ x 12’ with ramp
Price per day$14.95 $18.95 $24.95$29.95$34.95
Weight limit2,400 lbs. 1,890 lbs.1,650 lbs. 2,670 lbs. 2,110 lbs.
Best forSingle room, lawn mowers, bulky itemsSingle room, twin bed, bulky furniture 1–2 rooms Several rooms, bulky furniture Several rooms, bulky furniture
Ramp includedNoNoYesNoYes
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4’ x 7' 5’ x 8’ 5’ x 9’ with ramp 6’ x 12’ 6’ x 12’ with ramp
$14.95 $18.95 $24.95 $29.95 $34.95
2,400 lbs. 1,890 lbs. 1,650 lbs. 2,670 lbs. 2,110 lbs.
Single room, lawn mowers, bulky items Single room, twin bed, bulky furniture 1–2 rooms Several rooms, bulky furniture Several rooms, bulky furniture
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Auto trailers

U-Haul Car Hauler
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If you don’t want to drop money on car shipping, you can rent a car or motorcycle trailer to tow your ride. Your vehicle sits on top of the trailer so your tires don’t suffer wear and tear while on the road.

For this reason, we recommend getting a car trailer if your move is long distance (i.e. 300 miles or more).

U-Haul’s car trailers can hold vehicles up to 5,290 pounds. To put this in perspective, a Ford F-150—a heavy-duty pickup truck—weighs anywhere from 6,000 to 7,000 pounds. Check up on your car’s specs to see if it’s towable before you book an auto trailer.

U-Haul auto trailer rates

Auto trailerMotorcycle trailer
Price per day$54.95 $14.95
Weight limit5,290 lbs. 2,400 lbs.
Best forCars under 5,290 lbs., long-distance movesMotorcycles, mopeds
Ramp includedYesYes
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$54.95 $14.95
5,290 lbs. 2,400 lbs.
Cars under 5,290 lbs., long-distance moves Motorcycles, mopeds
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Tow dolly

U-Haul Car Dolly
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A tow dolly is cheaper than a car or motorcycle trailer, but it also offers less protection. Instead of lifting the vehicle completely off the ground, it supports only the front wheels. The back tires drag on the road—which does still save your car from racking up mileage.

If you have a smaller car and a tighter budget, a tow dolly may be all you need. But this solution is best for local moves—the wear and tear on your back wheels will be too much with long-distance moves.

U-Haul tow dolly rates

Tow dolly
Price per day$44.95
Weight limit3,450–3,900 lbs.
Best forFront-wheel or rear-wheel drive cars
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$44.95
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HEADS UP

HEADS UP

U-Haul requires that its technicians inspect your vehicle before you use its towing equipment and services—so don’t forget to schedule a pre-tow inspection before your move!

How much does it cost to move with U-Haul?

Renting a trailer through U-Haul is cheaper than renting a trailer with any other company we reviewed. That’s because you can reserve a U-Haul trailer without having to pay the full price of a truck rental.

Here are the factors that affect U-Haul’s base rates:

  • Trailer type
  • Trailer size
  • Move distance
  • Gas mileage
  • Seasonality (i.e. rates increase in the summer)

To be honest, U-Haul’s base rates seem too good to be true. Here’s the caveat: U-Haul has a thing for jacking up your total via last-minute fees ranging from gas costs and mileage fees to damage protection plans.

To learn more, check out our U-Haul Truck Rental Review.

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NEED A HITCH?

NEED A HITCH?

U-Haul will install a hitch on your vehicle for you. The company has more than 1,500 installation locations across the country and a hitch option for nearly anything you might want to haul.

Penske—Best tow dollies

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

See where Penske ranks on our best truck rental companies list.

Unlike U-Haul, Penske has a great reputation for customer service and transparency: It makes good on the features and benefits it advertises. Basically, what you see is what you get when it comes to Penske, and that’s something few moving companies can claim.

For example, Penske guarantees reservations for your preferred truck size and pickup location. Other companies may offer this—but only at an added cost.

Our only complaint? Penske rents car trailers but doesn’t offer other types of moving trailers. Plus, it doesn’t allow you to tow its trailers behind anything other than a Penske rental truck.

Trailers Penske offers

Car trailers

Penske Car Hauler
Image credit: Penske

Penske’s car trailers have a three-point tie-down system to keep your vehicle in place and prevent shifting. They also come with a ramp to make it a little bit easier to load everything from your mom’s new Mercedes to your beat-up Toyota you bought in college.

Penske’s car trailers are best for cars with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive—they also have a lower weight limit than U-Haul. Before you reserve, consider whether or not Penske is the best option for your car type.

Penske car trailer features

Car trailer
Weight limit3,450–3,900 lbs.
Front-wheel driveYes
Four-wheel driveYes
All-wheel driveYes
Best forAll-wheel or rear-wheel drive cars
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Front-wheel drive
Four-wheel drive
All-wheel drive
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3,450–3,900 lbs.
Yes
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Car dolly

Penske Car Dolly
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Like its car trailers, Penske’s car dollies can only be pulled behind a Penske truck. But unlike its car trailers, the weight limit on its car dollies are actually higher than U-Haul’s.

If you know you have a heavier-than-average car, this might be one reason to choose Penske over U-Haul.

Penske tow dolly features

Tow dolly
Weight limit4,300 lbs.
Front-wheel driveYes
Four-wheel driveNo
All-wheel driveNo
Best forFront-wheel drive cars
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Front-wheel drive
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No
No
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How much does it cost to move with Penske?

Penske offers no set rental rates. It bases the cost of its car trailers and tow dollies on availability. The more car carriers and tow dollies it has at your location, the cheaper they are to rent. The less available they are, the more expensive they’ll be.

It was hard to nail down exactly how much Penske trailers cost because the company isn’t transparent about its cost factors (on top of its variable rates).

For instance, we got a quote of $275 for a car trailer starting in Salt Lake City, UT, and ending in Portland, OR. However, the cost of a move from Portland to Salt Lake City could be double that depending on how many trailers the Portland Penske has on hand.

Seasonality also affects rates. The quotes we got are from the winter, but if we called again in May or June, the rates could easily be double.

Want to learn more? Check out our Penske Truck Rental Review.

Budget—Best prices

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

See where Budget ranks on our best truck rental companies list.

If you’re wondering what Budget is best for, its name is a straight giveaway.

Budget is ideal for the price-conscious mover. And while the company only allows you to rent a car trailer or car dolly as part of an existing truck reservation, it offers low rates plus a slew of discounts to curb your overall cost.

And, if you’re moving locally, its rates get even cheaper.

Trailers Budget offers

Car trailers

Budget Car Hauler
Image credit: Budget

Budget’s car trailers secure your car above the ground on a trailer attached to the back of your rental truck.

Like with Penske, you don’t have the option of attaching a Budget trailer to your personal vehicle. But there’s another caveat: you can only pull a Budget car trailer with Budget’s 26-foot truck.

While this trailer’s weight limit is fairly comparable to the other two companies’ offerings, Budget still has the lowest weight capacity of all three.

Budget car trailer features

Car trailer
Weight limit4,055 lbs.
Maximum width of car6’ 7”
Vehicle compatibilityFour-wheel and all-wheel-drive cars
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Weight limit
Maximum width of car
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Car trailer
4,055 lbs.
6’ 7”
Four-wheel and all-wheel-drive cars
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Tow dolly

Budget Car Dolly
Image Credit: Budget

Budget’s tow dollies operate just like U-Haul’s and Penske’s both in design and functionality. Regardless of which company you choose, a tow dolly helps limit extra mileage on your car (just not as much as a car trailer).

The difference with Budget is that its tow dollies are only available for one-way moves. But the clear advantage with Budget is its affordable rates—especially if you qualify for one of its discounts.

Budget tow dolly features

Tow dolly
Weight limit3,300 lbs.
Maximum width of car6’ 4”
Vehicle compatibilityAll-wheel, four-wheel, and rear-wheel drive cars
Long-distance vs. local Local
WebsiteFind Your Truck
Weight limit
Maximum width of car
Vehicle compatibility
Long-distance vs. local
Website
Tow dolly
3,300 lbs.
6’ 4”
All-wheel, four-wheel, and rear-wheel drive cars
Local
Find Your Truck

How much does it cost to move with Budget?

Like Penske, Budget doesn’t have flat rates for its car trailers and tow dollies. But unlike Penske, Budget determines the price of each car trailer and tow dolly based on the number of days your move takes and your mile count—this means you won’t get sky-high prices based solely on where you live.

You’ll need to call a Budget representative to find out how much a trailer or car dolly rental will increase your bill, as these items aren’t included in Budget’s online quote generator (which is a little annoying, if you ask us).

Read more about Budget in our Budget Truck Rental Review.

Trailer towing FAQs

Can my car tow a trailer?

The short answer: It all depends on the car. Generally speaking, there are certain car types that aren’t designed with tow capabilities in mind:

  • Luxury cars
  • Antique cars
  • Smaller cars (such as coupes and hatchbacks)
  • Electric cars

Give your car make and model a good Google search to find out if it’s tow-friendly. Some rental companies like U-Haul and Penske even have tools on their websites that tell you whether or not your car has towing capabilities.

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FYI

FYI

Even if your car has towing capabilities, you won’t be able to use them without working lights or side-view mirrors.

Vehicles with a low front end don’t always have enough ground clearance to drive up a car carrier ramp or tow dolly platform—so keep that in mind if you’re hoping to tow your lowrider.

How do I safely drive a moving trailer or tow dolly?

Just as driving a moving truck is new territory for most people, there are a few things you need to know to safely navigate towing a trailer.

Here are our top tips:

Check your lights

Before you start driving, check that the brake and signal lights on both the car (or truck) you’re driving and the trailer you’re pulling are in working order.

Adjust your mirrors

Be sure you have eyes on your trailer in your side (and possibly rear-view) mirrors, and check on it often to make sure it’s not swaying or coming unhitched.

Don’t drive over 55 mph

When it comes to driving while towing: the slower, the better. Drive defensively, and don’t be afraid to cruise on over to the slow lane.

Our take

U-Haul is the best moving company for trailer rentals—by a landslide. It’s the only company on our list to offer both moving trailers and auto transport trailers, plus it lets you rent trailers separately from a rental truck.

Here’s a refresher:

U-Haul:

  • Offers enclosed moving trailers and auto transport carriers
  • Has a reputation for hidden fees and poor customer service
  • Offers option to rent trailers without a truck rental

Penske:

  • Offers only car trailers and tow dollies
  • Has the highest weight limits on tow dollies
  • Determines prices based on availability

Budget:

  • Offers only car trailers and tow dollies
  • Determines prices based on days and miles
  • Has budget-friendly rates

If your move dates are flexible—and if your budget is, too—we recommend U-Haul for trailer rentals. (Just keep an eye out for those hidden fees!)

Penske and Budget are great options for car transport, too—especially since they’re generally cheaper than U-Haul and, in some instances, have higher weight limits. Penske offers higher weight limits, while Budget has more competitive prices.

Ultimately, though, it boils down to differences in price and availability. While U-Haul has locations in all fifty states and offers lots of services, it can’t guarantee reservations, and it doesn’t hold back on last-minute fees.

Think your move might require more than just a trailer? Check out our best rental truck companies list to read about the top companies for rental truck moves.

About Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell is a full-time writer who knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to planning a hassle-free move. Having moved seven times in the past five years, she draws from her own experience and industry expertise to help you avoid her biggest mistakes (like that time she thought she could get away with packing her dishes without wrapping them first).
  • Olivia Nelson

    Thanks for these tips on how to find the right trailer rental. It would make sense to check their qualifications first. My husband and I are looking for a trailer, so we’ll have to check their qualifications first. https://www.newwayleasingandrentals.com/rent-lease

  • Garry Laaks

    Thanks for the insight Julia. However if you talk specific to region like Orange County, I would like to add Trailer Rental Services on this list as they provide both enclosed car moving trailers and camper trailers on rent in Orange County, CA.