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How Much Can a Free Truck Rental Save You?

According to Move.com, moving is the fourth most stressful life event – more so than having a baby, starting a new job, or getting married. With stress levels already high, it's important to find the best deal wherever you can. One place you can really save money is on a moving truck when you take advantage of a free truck rental from Uncle Bob's Self Storage.

Uncle Bob's Offers Truck Rental for Free

Why is a free truck rental so helpful? Consider the following.

Compare Moving Truck Prices

  • The prices moving truck companies advertise can be misleading.

  • To rent a moving truck, expect to pay at least $30 plus fees.

  • Although $30+ is average, you could pay more depending on the time of year – the price goes up as demand goes up.

  • If you're looking to rent a truck during a busy time, you should expect to pay even more than the advertised prices.

Consider How Long You Need the Truck

  • Although many moving truck companies offer discounts, there's no reason to pay a discounted price if you could get a truck at no charge.

  • Uncle Bob's offers free truck rentals for one time slot, either 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or 4:00 PM to
    9:00 AM if you need the truck overnight.

  • If the above hours meet your needs, there's no discount that a competitor can offer that would make it a better bargain.

Compare Moving Truck Features

  • Some moving truck companies have a poor track record for providing quality vehicles for their customers.

  • When you shop around, make sure you get the features that are important to you.

  • Ask how many rooms of furniture will fit in the truck, and make sure the truck has a working heater and air conditioner, an automatic transmission, and cargo tie-downs.

Factor in Gas and Mileage

  • The rental fee allows you to use the truck, but other costs apply.

  • You are responsible for your own fuel, plus you can expect to pay a fee for every mile you drive. When shopping around for a moving truck, remember to factor in these costs.

  • Also, a standard practice across the moving truck industry is that you must fill up the tank with gas before you return the truck. If you don't, re-fueling fees will apply.

Look for Discounts and Specials

  • Many companies offer 20 percent off the truck rental fee. Not only is this a very small discount, but it also must be used within a small window of time because these coupons come with an expiration date.

  • If you can find a special that gives you a break on gas and mileage, that's where you'll find more bang for your buck because these are your biggest moving truck expenses.

  • Uncle Bob's customers receive 25 miles free. Since the truck rental is also free, those savings add up quickly.

Sources

"MyMove.com Study Shows that Moving is the Most Stressful Planned Life Event," My Move, http://www.mymove.com/content/dam/mymove/Logos/press/Press-Releases/My%20Move%20Stressor%20Module%20Release%20_%20November.pdf

Ian Salisbury, "10 Things Rental Trucks Won't Say," MarketWatch, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-rental-trucks-wont-say-2013-01-18?page=4



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