Moving Truck Rentals: 6 Tips for Getting a Good Deal

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Moving Truck Rentals: 6 Tips for Getting a Good Deal

Daphne Mallory · Nov 3, 2010

Finding good deals on truck rentals while moving is not difficult. You have to be aware of the discounts available to you as well as how to compare prices among the various rental companies. There are also a few tips that you can apply to slash your costs by a significant amount, such as:

Tip #1 – Rent During Off Peak Seasons

Too many people move during the summer months leaving little incentive for companies to offer good deals on truck rentals. You’d be lucky to find rentals available in some location when the weather gets hot. Moving during other times when people are less likely to move, such as during the wintertime, will help you get unbelievable discounts. If you’ve got some flexibility as to when you can move, delay it until the peak moving season is over.

Tip #2 – Yellow Pages

Don’t be like the many consumers who forget the coupons included in the local Yellow Pages. Check the coupon sections to see whether a moving company has listed coupons for truck rentals. Moving companies will offer a 20 to 30 percent discount, and if you already have a good quote, it can make the rental a really good deal.

Tip #3 – Check Membership Benefits

Some organizations offer discounts to group members for truck rentals. Moving companies often ask if you’re a member of particular groups, such as AAA. The employee doesn’t have an exhaustive list though, and it’s up to you to ask whether there are discounts for being a member of a particular organization. You can also call the organization to see what partnerships they have with truck rental companies. Shop around and compare prices after the discount is applied to make sure it’s still the best deal possible.

Tip #4 – Don’t Buy Add-On Service

Moving companies make a good portion of their monies by offering additional services, most of which you don’t need. There’s often an overlap between what the moving company offers and what’s already covered by your auto insurance policy. Even if your insurance doesn’t provide the service, you have to be frugal about what you really need to include and what you can do without. The easiest way to get good deals on truck rentals while moving is to not buy add-on services unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Tip # 5 – Compare Three Quotes

Don’t assume that you’ve found the best deal with one company, until you compare at least two other quotes. You’ll want to compare three quotes, including discounts and coupons to see which one offers the best deal. If you buy add-on services, then you’ll need to compare those as well. Truck availability is also important when comparing quotes. Make sure each company on your list will have a truck available on the possible dates you want to move.

Tip #6 – Apartment Relocation Service

If you’re using an apartment relocation service, then ask them about discounts on truck rentals. Some relocation services offer free moving services, which may include the cost of a truck rental. Compare the moving perks of each relocation services that you’re considering, and see which can offer you the best deal on moving.

You’re not likely to find good deals on truck rentals if you are moving in a rush. Try to get your discounts and coupons in advance, and book a reservation sooner rather than later.

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