Planning for the truck rental may be one of the most dreaded things about moving (besides of course the packing and actual moving!). The truck rental seems to cost the most out of all the moving expenses. Not only do you have to pay for the truck fee, but you also have to pay for the mileage and the gas.
Well, I’m here to let you all in on a little secret. It’s called price-matching and competition. Did you know that most of the major truck rental companies will actually price-match each other? So if you find a company that is closer to your location (thus saving you on mileage and gas), but they charge more per mile than a company that is a little farther away, you can usually get the closer company to price-match.
But not only can you price-match, sometimes you can actually get these companies to compete for your business. Many years ago my family did a move that took us across five states. The truck-rental price for a move like that is not cheap! Since it was such a big move, we were able to get two companies competing for our business. Company A gave us a price, and Company B beat it. So we went back to Company A and asked them to beat Company B. This went back a forth a few times until we knocked $400 off of the original cost. That is quite a significant amount of savings.
Now this move we are getting ready to do on Tuesday is not as big as that move was. We are only moving twenty minutes away from our location now. But with price-matching we are able to get a better quality truck from a better company, and from a location that is closer to us. This saves us in the milieage/gas department.
And one further tip for truck rentals. The companies will try to up-sell the extras like furniture dollies and furniture pads. If you have family or friends that have furniture dollies, ask to borrow them. For furniture pads, use blankets and sheets that you have on hand. Borrow extras from family and friends if need be. And sometimes you can get companies to throw these items in for free. Just use your walk-away power and price-matching to get them thrown in for free.
Do you all have any tips for saving in the truck rental department? Have you been able to get a great deal by price-matching? I’d love to hear about it!