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What You Need To Know Before You Get A Rental Truck

August 25, 2008 · Print This Article

Before you decide to get a moving truck rental for your next relocation project, you need to make sure that you have a firm understanding of a few very simple things. Knowing these things will help you avoid any problems that may come along in your truck rental journey.

Where are you Going?

The most important thing you need to know about truck rentals is where you are moving to. You need to have a location on hand to let the rental company know where you will be dropping the truck off. In local cases, you can rent the vehicle and drop it off in the same location. For long distance moves, you need to know a city where you will be bringing the truck to in order to reserve yours.

When are you Going?

The next most important information that you need to need to know information about the vehicle is the dates that you will need the vehicle. You can keep the truck for almost any period of time, but you should try to condense this time as much as you can in order to keep your truck rental costs down. Most trucks can be rented for as little as a day to as much as two weeks. Remember that you will be charged per 24 hour period that you are in possession of the vehicle.

What’s Included?

Before you sign any contract, make sure that you know everything that is included with the rental. Usually these include the use of the equipment plus a specific amount of miles. Extra miles will be charged on a per mile basis, so you need to be aware of how many miles you will be driving. Keep in mind that extra equipment will also be charged on an as needed basis. So make a list of any furniture pads or dollies that you will need before you contact the truck rental place.

Are you Covered?

The last thing that you need to know about these vehicles is the coverage that is included in the rental cost. While some companies will offer you a certain level of protection for your goods as well as the truck, you should consider purchasing extra insurance to cover any accidents or damage that may occur during your trip. Sometimes, your auto insurance company will cover some of this cost, but most of the time you will have to purchase specific coverage for your move. Make sure that you have a moving policy that will cover the truck and a policy that will cover your belongings as well.


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