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What You Need to Know Before You Rent a Moving Truck

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  • How Far Will You Go?: Mileage charges are usually included in the vehicle rental, but make sure you check the fine print. The mileage offered may be limited, and while the additional mileage cost may seem small (average cost is approximately $.40 per mile), it soon adds up if you're traveling a long distance.

  • Fuel Costs: When you pick up your truck, the gas tank should be full. Remember that you must return the vehicle with a full tank. If you don't the company usually charges a higher than average price for a fill-up. This price includes the time it takes for an employee to fill the tank. Also, make sure you ask about the vehicle's gas consumption and work this into your moving costs. A fully-loaded 26-foot truck will average about 10 miles per gallon. If you're moving 1000 miles at 10 miles per gallon, you'll consume 100 gallons of fuel. With the cost of fuel average around $2.00 per gallon, you'll be spending $200 for fuel. If you're adding on a hitch and towing an extra vehicle, ask the rental agent how much extra this might cost to move. Weight plays a large part in fuel consumption.

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