Truck Moving Expenses and What to Expect

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Truck Moving Expenses and What to Expect

Truck Moving Expenses and What to Expect

If you are planning a move, you may be considering renting a truck to move your stuff. If so, you may be wondering about the expenses involved. Here’s a little information to help you know what to expect when it comes to truck moving expenses.

Truck Rental Costs

The cost of renting a moving truck or van will vary and will be based upon the distance you are taking it and how many days you will need to keep and use the truck, and the size of the vehicle you need to use. Local truck rentals will be much less expensive than a one way moving vehicle.
Expect extra fees on top of the base price. Those extra charges might be fees for
mileage, tolls, insurance, or cleaning fees if you bring the truck back and it needs to be cleaned.

Rental Insurance for the Truck

Extra insurance for the truck rental could cost up to $150 (or thereabout, depending upon your location). Ask about what is and isn’t covered by normal insurance policies. For example, overhead damages to the truck may not be covered and may require additional fees.

Gasoline or Diesel Costs

That rental price you were quoted by the truck company covers just the cost of renting the vehicle. Fuel expenses are not part of that price. With a moving truck or van, you can usually expect to get about 7 to 10 miles per gallon, depending upon the size of the vehicle. For a moving truck or van that is 26 feet in length, you can figure a 1500 mile move will need about 200 gallons of gas. At $4 per gallon, well, you do the math. You will need to add that amount on top of the quoted rental price for the vehicle.

Return Expenses

On top of the other fees, you will have a few extra expenses for when you return the moving vehicle. You will need to fill up the gas tank before you return the vehicle, or you may be charged an extra fee. If the vehicle has a 50 gallon tank, at $4 per gallon, you can count on an additional $200.
Clean up the truck really well before you take it back to the rental company. If the
vehicle is dirty and requires the rental company to clean it up, you may be charged an additional fee.
Before you sign a rental contract, ask the rental company for a detailed listing of all
additional fees and charges that they may add to your bill. Knowing what to expect
before you get started can help you plan and budget accordingly and can keep you from being surprised about any additional expenses that come up.

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