U-Haul Rates and Service Review
U-Haul is far and away one of the most popular moving companies in the United States mainly because they seem to be everywhere. To rent a U-Haul truck is like buying a hot dog on the corner of New York, that’s how common they are. With that said, being the most popular moving service in the country has its problems with customers. In the case of this company the biggest thing is prices and hidden fees. Moving within the same city and using the same pickup and drop-off area is actually pretty cheap depending on the size of the truck. You can look at the U-Haul rates per day for more info there.
U-Haul rates are quite high for cross country prices. Going from the middle of the country (Chicago for example) to a coast will cost you somewhere between $1500 and $2000, which isn’t very good when you consider the services of ABF U-Pack. You also have to factor in the use of gas, which you must pay for and will bleed you dry if you have to move a long distance. It is my opinion that U-Haul trucks are best used for the short distance move, it seems like the only monetarily viable option with the company.
The quality of their services is always of the lower end of the spectrum it seems; in part do the franchising of the U-Haul business. Service will vary from city to city so keep that in mind. Also, read the fine print as hidden costs are one of this company’s biggest complaints and money makers. Damages in trucks are common and you must record them all down before rental. Because of this, renting a U-Haul truck for moving can be a lengthy process as their rentals have been around forever and have accumulated much damage, which they’ll blame you for if you don’t account for it. Be wary of extra equipment as well. Dollies, blankets, and other items are charged for. Oh, and don’t buy any boxes from U-Haul or any other moving company, you can likely get them for free from a local store or something.
U-Haul, ultimately, is best only as short distance moving company. Going to a new apartment or from a college dorm to new digs is the best use for this services. The cost of their moving trucks is just too high to justify spending on cross country moving. The rates and hidden costs are also an issue as is the quality of the service, so dealing with the U-Haul moving company for as little as possible is the best bet.