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Renting From U-Haul: What to Know

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The Guide For Renting From U-Haul

If you are looking to use U-Haul rentals for your move, you might have some questions. To help you get the most out of your U-Haul rental truck, we take a look at everything you need to know before you book your reservation. Your most important concern will probably be U-Haul pricing. Most people renting a moving truck will want to have a ballpark handle on the costs involved.

It should be made clear from the get-go that U-Haul prices can vary wildly from what you see advertised on their trucks. It is doubtful you will be paying the $19.95 U-Haul price that they advertise. In fact, the price will be far from that advertised amount. U-Haul rates can also vary somewhat from location to location as well.

The resources at Maximum Real Estate Exposure on U-Haul pricing is one of the most detailed you will find online. Take a look to get all of your U-Haul rental pricing questions answered. Renting your own moving truck from U-Haul is a common alternative to hiring a full-service moving company.

Let's take a deep dive into all of the other considerations to think about when doing a U-Haul rental.

What Requirements Do You Have to Meet For a UHaul Rental?

There are a few conditions that you will need to meet to rent a truck from U-Haul. As you might imagine, you need a valid driver's license, and you also have to be at least 18 years old.

U-Haul also likes to make sure that you are who you say you are so that they can be confident their truck will be returned to them. For this, they need what they call “meaningful assurance” to prove your identity. They will need two forms of proof of your identity, which could include a lease agreement or employment verification.

If you can provide meaningful assurance of your identity, you should be good to go. You don't have to worry if you've had a few accidents in the past, as they don't look at your driving history.

Can Someone Else Help With The Driving of Your U-Haul Truck?

If you are moving over a long distance, it can really help to have someone else take turns driving the truck. If you have a friend or family member who can share the driving with you, they can drive when renting from U-Haul.

Anyone who drives the truck will naturally need to have a valid driver’s license. However, if the other driver has an accident, you will be responsible for the damage done if you signed the agreement. For this reason, you shouldn't just let anyone drive your U-Haul rental truck.

One of the downsides of moving without the assistance of a professional moving company is finding friends and family who will do an adequate job assisting with your move.

Does U-Haul Need Your Credit Card Number?

You can pay with cash when renting one of UHauls’ trucks, but if you plan to reserve your vehicle online, they will need your number. You can still pay with cash after you have given your credit card number during the reservation process. They accept major credit cards including; Visa, Discover, American Express, and Mastercard.

How Do You Reserve a U-Haul Truck?

You can phone them up, visit your nearest location, or make the reservation online. The easiest option is probably going to their website, but whichever option you choose, there are a few things you need to be clear on. The truck's size and the pickup and drop off dates you need the vehicle for will need to be provided.

UHaul rentals also offer customers a reservation guarantee. If they don't have the truck you have reserved, they will compensate you with $50. Though this still means that you need to find a truck, it is some compensation for the inconvenience.

What Does it Cost to Rent a U-Haul Truck?

The cost of U-Haul rent depends on how far you are going to be moving. If you are only moving a short distance and returning the truck to the same location you collected it from, you can expect costs of around $70 to $90 per day. For a long-distance move of around 1000 miles, you can expect to pay nearly double.

You will also be charged for each mile you travel. You can expect to pay about $1.65 for local moves and 80 cents per mile for long distances, though this can vary.

Besides these expenses, there are other things you will have to pay for. Your travel expenses for the journey need to be considered, particularly for long-distance moves. That will mean budgeting for gas, overnight stays, and your food. Please refer to the U-Haul pricing guide mentioned at the start of the article to get a more in-depth understanding of U-Haul rates and pricing.

Does U-Haul Charge Late Fees?

U-Haul rentals don't specifically have any fees if you return the truck late. Instead, they will just charge you an extra day’s rental when you miss your return time.

You may get a grace period at some U-Haul locations, allowing for traffic delays and other unforeseen hold-ups. This may not be very long; however, you should check what the rules are for your renting location.

When Does U-Haul Open?

The opening hours for company-owned U-Haul locations are from 7 am to 7 pm, except on Fridays, where they are open for an extra hour in the evening. Opening hours on Sunday are between 9 am and 5 pm. The opening hours for independent locations will vary, however.

Extra Services Offered by U-Haul

UHaul's other services could help with your move. If you need extra space in your truck, you could rent a trailer, and they also offer towing equipment for vehicles.

They also provide self-storage units, although not 24-hour service like some others, U-Box moving containers, and moving supplies. If you need help with your move, they can help with labor. Their U-Haul Moving Help service provides you assistance when loading and unloading, as well as packing and unpacking. Their rates are reasonable, starting at around $45 per hour.

U-Haul Moving Tips

To make sure you get the best out of your U-Haul moving truck and don't spend more than you need to, there are a few things you can do.

  • Collect your vehicle early in the morning. An early morning collection will ensure that you will have more time to locate another vehicle if they don't have the truck you've reserved when you need it.
  • Use an online chat. If you need to speak to someone who works for the company, they have an online chat option. However, this isn't easy to find with only a link on the FAQ page or when you search for prices in your area. Look for the link near the bottom of the page that says, “Chat live with a U-Haul representative.”
  • Using a moving container is smart. U-Haul offers portable storage containers as well, allowing you to save on a lot of the work and stress of a cross-country move. The PODS container can be left on your premises, allowing you plenty of time to load and unload your possessions. Many people move with PODS due to the convenience as well as making their home look substantially better when moving. It should be noted that PODS moving company is different than a pod you will get from U-Haul rentals.
  • Check the terms of the contract carefully. Though it might seem like a waste of time, it is always a good idea to read the small print. Make sure you understand the rental agreement you are signing and the rules you have to stick to. This should ensure that you avoid paying any unnecessary charges by not sticking to the rental agreement terms.

Final Thoughts on Renting From U-Haul

Whether you are renting from U-Haul or some other moving company, it is always vital to plan ahead and do your due diligence. U-Haul is considered one of the best moving truck rental companies, so you should be in good hands. The service you receive, however, can vary depending on location.

Hopefully, you have found this guide on renting with U-Haul to be useful. Best of luck with your U-Haul rental!

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With three decades of experience, Bill Gassett is an authority in the real estate sector. Bill writes informative articles for numerous prestigious real estate sites to help buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents. His work has been featured on RIS Media, the National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, Realty Biz News, Credit Sesame, and his own authority resource, Maximum Real Estate Exposure. Reach out to Bill Gassett for his real estate, mortgage, and financial expertise.


Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

Wow, lots of good information on U-Haul,  ... they are always on the top of the list for moving companies.  When all else fails for a truck or van, try Pinske ... they exist as a filler for U-Haul.

Dec 15, 2020 09:38 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Very true Dan. No doubt U-Haul rentals are the route that many DYI movers take.

Dec 15, 2020 10:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bill... lots of people rent from U-haul... I see their trucks all over town. This is really great information for anyone looking to use U-haul's services. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 15, 2020 11:19 AM
John Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate

Great report Bill - U-haul has been our go-to company for Trucks, Vans and Trailers, depending on the project.

PS - did you know that U-haul was founded in Ridgefield Washington, the next zip code up the road from me?!

Dec 15, 2020 11:51 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

U+Haul rents all sizes and due to the number of people using their brand are very particular as to who can be on the lease and for how long.  Business is business

Dec 15, 2020 02:11 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Thanks for the compliments guys on the guide to U-Haul rentals!

Dec 16, 2020 02:06 AM