In fact, half the time, the quote won't even be close to their advertised price.
It turns out renting a moving truck isn't as simple as it sounds. To get the best deal you have to work for it a bit. When you start looking for a more extended trip, like cross-country, the price differences get even larger. I ran into this problem myself when I was pricing out moving trucks for a cross country move.
The price difference was large enough that I decided to figure out why. So, I called U-haul with my Budget quote in hand, and asked for a deal. The U-Haul representative couldn't do it, and it turns out, it was mostly because the dates I'd picked were popular days. The U-Haul representative helpfully explained that it was all about supply, and the dates I'd requested were high traffic weekends. MarketWatch confirms this pricing model :.
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What gives? Like airlines and hotels, truck-rental companies have adopted complex algorithms that help them manage inventory. While that means more efficient use of vehicles — savings which can theoretically be passed on to customers — it adds a lot of complexity. Rental companies say in-town and cross-country trips are priced differently for a variety of reasons. Customers do tend to pay higher rates for one-way rentals, according to Budget, because of the extra costs involved in getting trucks to and from popular pickup locations and to compensate for additional wear and tear.
Likewise, the U-Haul representative told me I'd also just picked a crappy week to move. The end of the month is when everyone needs a truck. Combine that with the fact it's also right around Labor Day weekend and that means they can charge me whatever they want because they know I need the truck. Essentially, an algorithm chooses the price of a truck. The less demand, the cheaper. The more demand, the more expensive. Rates reserved online do not include applicable taxes, fees, surcharges, additional accessories, protection plans purchased at time of rental, the required refundable deposit, moving supplies or other applicable charges.
Charges will be provided at time of pickup. A customer must contact either the BTR pick-up location provided on the Thank You page and in the confirmation email or call In the online reservation system, Budget provides one-way customers with ample time to complete their move safely. Trip duration estimates for one-way rentals are estimates only.
Mileage and trip duration may vary from Budget estimates. Budget will allow customers to purchase additional days or miles by directly contacting the Budget Truck Rental pick up location shown on the Thank You page. Additional days and miles paid in advance are non-refundable including those purchased but not used. At the time of rental, Budget will require two forms of current, valid identification from the individual signing the rental contract. Acceptable forms of identification include: a valid U.
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Budget will also require a valid U. All towing equipment is recommended based on the towing manufacturer's guidelines and the specific vehicle information the customer provided. Different vehicles may require different towing equipment. Some vehicles may not be suitable for towing and should not be attempted if they exceed the towing manufacturer's guidelines.
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Budget is not responsible or liable for damages incurred while towing equipment is in use, and does not guarantee or warrant that such equipment is fit for the particular use. Budget Truck will attached the towing equipment to the rental truck at the time of pick up, but cannot drive the tow vehicle onto the towing equipment. This will be the customer's responsibility. Budget Truck will provide an instruction sheet explaining the proper way to drive a vehicle onto our towing equipment. Are you located in Canada?