Whether you are moving across the country or just across town, it might be wise to consider a moving truck rental to get your belongings from place to place. Renting a moving truck can prove to be quite cost-effective when compared to multiple trips back and forth with a vehicle you already own.

1- Shop around and inquire about prices and specials as well as other options that may be offered to you when you rent a moving truck. Look for a company that has high standards for their trucks as well as their towing equipment, this may be more expensive, but worth it in the long run. Ask if the company offers unlimited mileage, if not, find out how much extra miles will cost you.

2- Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to reserve a moving truck. It is possible to do almost all of your research and to make reservations either online or over the phone. While this technology can make doing business easier, it is always a wise decision to actually speak with the company that you want to do business with face to face. This will help to avoid any misunderstandings.

3- Before you agree to rent a truck, inspect it. The rental company will have a standard form for you to fill out. While doing the inspection, look for things such as dents, scratches, and rust. Be sure to check out the latches and locks on the doors as well. By documenting the items wrong with the truck before you rent it will mean that you won’t be charged for the damage later.

4- While you are in the reservation and renting process, the company will offer you optional insurance to cover the vehicle. There will be a few options available to you when renting a moving truck, these could include accident insurance, limited loss and damage waivers, and cargo insurance. It’s always a good idea to speak with your auto insurance carrier to see if you already have these overages. If you don’t, it could be a wise idea to buy them from the rental company, especially if you are traveling very long distances.

5- At the time of rental, you will need to show certain personal documents. These will include a driver’s license, your personal proof of insurance, and a major credit card. These documents are needed to prove that you are of legal age to rent the truck (usually 25), that you have personal auto accident insurance available, and that they can secure payment from you.

6- Depending upon the size of the moving truck rental, you need and where you are traveling, you may need to stop at weigh stations along the way. It’s best to ask the rental company if they have any knowledge of the truck being big enough for this requirement. Also, call the state police in all the states you will be traveling through to get the specific requirements for each state.

7- Lastly, before you drive off the rental lot with your moving truck, you will need to get copies of all the important documents from the rental company. These could include the rental agreement, a driver trip report, a truck inspection sheet, and any other paperwork that the rental company suggests. Check to be sure that the proof of insurance and the registration are also in the truck.

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