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.