How U-Haul Turns $19.95 Into More

Yesterday I had to rent a pickup truck to get a bed frame we had purchased on Craigslist.   After considering the options, I decided to rent a pickup truck from U-Haul.  I’m sure you’ve seen it like me when they say on their trucks that you see in traffic that advertise $19.95 for rental.  If you’re thinking that’s all there is to it, let me assure you it isn’t.  After they add in other fees and mileage, it ended up costing us $74.90 for the rental.   So how does $19.95 end up becoming $74.90?

  • Rental Rate:  $19.95
  • Mileage:  $ .69 per mile x 51 miles = $35.19
  • Insurance Coverage:  $10.00
  • Environmental Fee:  $1.00
  • Rental Tax:  $8.76
  • Total Charges:  $74.90

In addition to that, I had to put $8.00 of gas back into the truck so as to return it without penalty.

I think it’s a rip-off to advertise $19.95 when it isn’t actually that much.   You simply can’t just roll into the U-Haul store and leave with a truck for only $19.95.   For local moves I think they shouldn’t charge mileage fees at all, especially if they expect you to put gas back into the truck.  

If you want to rent a pickup truck other options are Lowes and Home Depot; however, they do not have a reservation system so it is first-come, first-serve plus the rental is for 75-90 minutes.  I’m just basing this on their website but I’m sure there are other fees involved with those rentals as well.

So the next time you see a U-Haul truck, just ignore that $19.95 price plastered in the corner on the truck.  

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