When it comes time to schedule your reservation on moving day, you will have to decide whether a one-way moving truck rental or an in-town rental best suits your needs. If you plan on moving to a new city or are moving out of state, one-way truck rental is a no-brainer. Obviously, you aren’t going to waste time driving out of your way to return your moving truck. That just doesn’t make any sense. If you are doing a smaller move, however, your initial reaction is likely to choose an in-town rental. Without looking at some of the potential benefits entailed in a one-way moving truck rental, the choice may not be so clear.
One-Way Rental Discounts Offered
From time to time, select one-way U-Haul destinations may be offered at a discount based on the need of equipment in certain areas. The date in which you are moving might also affect your pricing — Moving Sunday through Thursday can often save you even more money on your trip.
The U-Haul truck rate for a one-way move is a predetermined dollar amount based on the truck size, point of origin and your destination. As a customer, you receive an allowed mileage and a set number of days to complete your move. Allowed days and mileage are calculated to allow you to complete the move with no extra charges. Unused days or mileage are not refunded. Additional days and additional miles are charged at the pre-agreed rate on the contract. Upon check-in fuel, vehicle damage and vehicle condition will be verified. With U-Haul, you can even check the truck in yourself with your smartphone if you choose to self-return your truck.
30 Days of Free Storage
Who doesn’t love the word, “free”? When you choose to move one-way, participating U-Haul stores will offer 30 days of free storage. You have the option of choosing any size storage unit for your free 30 days, given that the size you are requesting is available. Be sure to call the U-Haul store prior to your move to verify this. This is extremely beneficial if you get to town before your new place is ready for move in. It can also be helpful if you were already looking to reserve a storage unit. U-Haul self-storage units are available 7 days a week, including holidays, and most locations offer 24/7 access, so when you’re ready to move into your new place or access your items you can easily do so.
Save Time Moving, Make Time to Relax
With over 20,000 U-Haul stores and dealer locations across the United States and Canada, chances are there is a location closer to your new place than your initial rental location. This saves you time on your move and money on extra miles and fuel. This means that you can get to your new home sooner, start unpacking sooner and get to relaxing on your couch sooner. Speed up the process even further by using U-Haul Truck Share, featuring Self-Pick-Up and Self-Return options, allowing you to move on your time and no one else’s.
Overall, one-way rentals sound like a win. Even if you are just moving in the same city, you might decide that picking up at one location and dropping at another might be a better value for your moving needs.
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UPDATED: November 2, 2017, to incorporate U-Haul Truck Share 24/7