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This is my first topic posted in the Hot Deals section. This is not really a super amazing deal or anything like that, but, as you know, when you're looking to save some money, anything can help.

I am moving my belongings from Phoenix, Arizona to Denver, Colorado and I was wanting to rent a truck from a renting service to move all of my belongings from the storage unit in a single trip. The price of gas continues to grow and I was dreading the prices that I would have to pay for both the truck and the gas, but I was surprised to find out that it really wasn't that bad.

I received a U-Haul 16" Moving Truck for $150.00 with roughly 1,000 miles discounted from $188.00 with about 850 miles. My total discount was 30% off the normal price.

U-Haul [uhaul.com] is one of the most well-known truck rental agencies. They are located nationwide and they would be the simplest for a move, but their prices and their mileage are far from being the best, so a friend recommended me Budget Truck Rental [budgettruck.com] with better prices, mileage, and hefty deposits and fees for anyone under the age of 24; additionally, Budget Truck Rental offers a 10% discount on its regular fee [budgettruck.com] for one-way movers! In addition, there is a 15% discount and 20% discount from my movers' packet that stacks with the 10% discount!

I wanted to stick with U-Haul to avoid the deposits and fees from Budget Truck Rental, so I called them up and price matched the Budget Truck Rental estimate: the 10% off, the 20% off, the price, and the mileage — everything went through perfectly. U-Haul does not have any heavy fees or deposits for drivers, so, like I said, this is an ideal move to make if you're trying to watch your cost or already had a deal with U-Haul.

To summarize, please refer to the following model:
  1. Are you moving? Go to U-Haul [uhaul.com] and Budget Truck Rental [budgettruck.com] and enter your information for your one-way move.
  2. At U-Haul, proceed through your reservation as normal. Review the reservation information: price, mileage, and any applicable fees. If you think that you may want to go with U-Haul over Budget Truck Rental, supply your payment information as requested. You will not be charged until the day of pick-up.
  3. At Budget Truck Rental, apply the 10% discount [budgettruck.com] and proceed through your reservation as normal. You should try to include the 15% off discount or 20% off discount, too. Review the reservation information: price, mileage, and any applicable fees. If you think that you may want to go with Budget Truck Rental over U-Haul, follow the instructions as requested. You will not be charged until the day of pick-up.
  4. Print out your estimates for reference.
  5. Compare and contrast each of the providers and pay closer attention to the one that you want to select. If you choose Budget Rental Truck, you're done! If you want to go with U-Haul, call them up, give them your reference number, and ask for a price match with Budget Truck Rental.
  6. U-Haul will match the price of Budget Truck Rental: discount, price, and mileage included.

I realize that this is not a big secret or anything like that, but I searched over the forums and found very little for Slick Dealers that might be moving, so I thought that I would post this little guide. I hope that it helps someone!

These are the coupon codes for Budget Truck Rental. Please use these for your move or use them to price match against their competitors:

Coupon Code MVG12
for 15% off Fri - Sat pick-ups

Coupon Code MVG13
for 20% off Sun - Thu pick-ups
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Last Edited by imabass May 23, 2013 at 06:37 AM
If you call your local U-Haul, Budget, Ryder, etc., they are often able to reduce where the national 1-800 won't. I got my rental down another almost $400 by just playing the two local guys against each other. Had a reservation at both places, called to cancel at U-Haul, told them Ryder was cheaper, they beat them. Called Ryder to cancel, they beat U-Haul price. Well worth the 10 minutes on the phone. This was after haggling down the 1-800 people.

There is also a 15% discount for using AMEX.
http://www.budgettruck.com/AMEX_t...ome_amex15


15% for using master card.

http://www.budgettruck.com/mcard....tnerid=662

25% discount for NC, SC, & TN to NY, NJ & CT Discount Offer

http://www.budgettruck.com/Southe...o_SE_to_NE


coupon: FASTB 25% off Mon-Wed pick-ups
coupon PMOV1 15% off Fri-Sat pick-ups
coupon: PMOV2 20% off Sun-Thu pick-ups

keep track all of your moving costs because you might qualify for a tax deduction for your actual expenses. http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html

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I think there is a coupon in the USPS movers kit available at the PO good for 20% off Budget.
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I think there is a coupon in the USPS movers kit available at the PO good for 20% off Budget.
You are right. I was at PO an hour back and I saw the 20% off Budget in the movers kit.
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That is correct. I apologize. I was not aware about the coupon until I checked the movers' packet that I was given by the United States Postal Office!

It says:

Save Up To 20% OFF Your Next Rental

Coupon Code MVG12
for 15% off Fri - Sat pick-ups

Coupon Code MVG13
for 20% off Sun - Thu pick-ups

I will edit the above posts to reflect this update. Thanks, you guys!
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If you are moving compare the prices of uhaul and budget with penske also. I just moved and I paid $900 for the biggest Penske truck, while uhaul and budget both wanted $2800.
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If you are moving compare the prices of uhaul and budget with penske also. I just moved and I paid $900 for the biggest Penske truck, while uhaul and budget both wanted $2800.
I was going to suggest that as well. Penske has the best and newest trucks (U-haul has the worst). With Penske you can get up to a 26' truck (the others only have 22' or 24's). Many Penske trucks also have a 3000lb liftgate on the back so you don't have to bother with a ramp, which saves a ton of effort.

You can also get 12% off Penske with your AAA card.
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Definitely get a Penske. It's the only type of truck I ever rent. Uhaul has terrible, poorly maintained vehicles with pull-out ramps on even their largest trucks. Penske has hydraulic lift-gates, and every truck I've rented was like new. Getting 10% off renting a piece of junk is still not a slick deal.
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Does Penske do price matching? It is cheaper for me to get a U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental simply because I am not moving very far. If you are moving across the country, I would recommend price matching with a couple of other companies, too, but this is great for short-distance and city moves.
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I wish that your post came up earlier... i just moved last Saturday...Mad Mad
Just not my day i guess..:p
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I am moving in April but will just be using a trailer. Does anyone recommend a good place to rent one along with hitch install?
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I'm moving this Thursday as a 26 year old single guy renting a room, 700 miles from the pan handle to Orlando. I'm getting the smallest truck available and I don't have a vehicle of my own.

U-Haul quotes me $321 (10' truck)
Budget quotes me $258 (10' truck) with the 20% off coupon
Penske quotes me $328 (12' truck) with web discount

All including $5 enviro fee but not tax.

The Budget deal looks great and I don't get stuck with the 24 year old fees. Hoping this deal thread evolves... I haven't looked into price matching with Penske.
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Does Penske do price matching? It is cheaper for me to get a U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental simply because I am not moving very far. If you are moving across the country, I would recommend price matching with a couple of other companies, too, but this is great for short-distance and city moves.
Yes, Penske will price match. I found a much cheaper rate for the Budget trucks so I called to cancel my Penske registration. They asked why, I said Budget it a hundred less, and they said "let me see what I can do for you" and priced it under Budget's. I assume it's like anything else where you book it and call to cancel, they will try to keep you. Plus they added in my AAA discount as well. I'm happy with the deal. They claim their trucks are more fuel efficient with the diesel and more convenient for loading. We shall see.
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I am moving in April but will just be using a trailer. Does anyone recommend a good place to rent one along with hitch install?
You can buy a trailer hitch on ebay for about $100. Search for your car model/year and the words "trailer hitch".
They're simple to install. Your car already has the threaded holes, they send you the bolts with the hitch. Just line-up the holes and screw the bolts in.
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I reserved a truck with all three truck rental companies for my move from the Florida pan handle to Orlando (about 700 miles) and this is what I ended up with:

$189 1150 miles 3 days with U-Haul, Friday morning pick-up on 14 March.

Originally, U-Haul was $314. Budget, with the 20% coupon was $258, Penske was $328 with the 10% online reservation bonus. Penske offered an extra $25-$50 off if you provided your e-mail for offers and called them.

Budget has a $150 deposit which is waived if you pay with credit card and also a 3 dollar a day surcharge for maintenance upkeep or something.

Penske wouldn't price match Budget's quote, saying it's too low. I canceled my reservation with Penske there and then.

U-Haul offered $232. I accepted and tried to cancel my Budget reservation, but then Budget countered with $223. I then tried to cancel with U-Haul thinking Budget had better trucks overall anyways. U-Haul then offered $189. I asked the service rep to send me an e-mail confirming the rate. He accepted and I then asked to confirm if this reservation guarantees me a truck and he answered yes. Budget wouldn't beat that, so I canceled (beware of the $100 fee for short notice 48 hour cancellation policy).

I haven't gotten an e-mail, but it was an exciting 20 minutes on the phone. U-Haul had 8 minute average wait on cancellation calls and Penske and Budget were both near instant. Budget was odd since they answered so quick and there wasn't any menu that I thought I had the wrong number.
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