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New Rental Hours and Locations

The dream of self-service is that products and services can be available 24/7, without requiring any assistance. We’re pleased to share that we’re continuing to move towards that goal by expanding our truck rental hours with Fetch.

Fetch trucks and vans are now available to rent anytime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Need to run an errand after work? Have an early-morning delivery? Want to return your vehicle after hours? It’s all possible with Fetch.

We’re also very pleased to share that we are continuing our expansion in Metro Atlanta with two new Fetch locations.

Dunwoody — 1105 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta, GA 30328


Sandy Springs — 6780 Roswell Rd Sandy Springs, GA 30328


These new locations will allow us to serve customers in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and even surrounding areas such as North Buckhead, Roswell and East Cobb.

We have several other updates in the works that we can’t wait to share with you. Until then, happy Fetching!

Truck rental — the prices you’ll actually pay when renting a truck

National truck rental companies will advertise vehicles for “$20/day!” — but, there’s a catch: these companies make all their money after you reserve your vehicle. Before renting a truck, make sure to understand what costs to realistically expect to pay when renting.

1. Base Rental Costs

Rental costs for your truck can range from $20 per day to $100+ per day, depending on the size of your truck. With most national truck-rental companies, a daily rental will include 24-hours of use of the vehicle. You will not receive any miles (or unlimited miles) with your rental.

Other things to ensure:

Is your rental guaranteed? Often times, rental agencies will not guarantee reservations and will overbook their vehicles. That means you may arrive to pick up your vehicle, and it isn’t available.

Late return fees: what are the fees for returning the vehicle late? Is there a “grace period?” If you return the vehicle 30-minutes late, are you charged for an extra hour or a full day? Can you return your truck anytime or only during primary business hours?

2. Miles

This is where most rental companies start to collect their profit. A few rental companies will include some amount of base miles in their rentals, but most rental companies will charge you a fee per mile that you drive.

This fee typically ranges from $0.69 cents to $1.59 per mile. If you drive just 50 miles, you’ll pay anywhere from $35 to $80 extra for your vehicle usage.

Make sure you know exactly what your per-mile pricing is with your rental agreement, and calculate the miles you expect to drive into your total trip costs.

3. Gas

With most truck-rental companies, you’re required to pay for the gas you use and also fill up the gas tank to its original state. This can be costly, and annoying.

Even if you only drive 10 miles, you’ll still need to fill up the gas. Otherwise, you can face gas-fill-up penalties.

This is an additional cost you’ll need to factor into your rental costs. For example, at $2/gallon, you can expect to spend $8-$16 for an average truck rental. You may also need to spend a bit extra to ensure there’s no question you’ve filled up the gas tank to its original state.

4. Insurance

Most truck rental companies want to sell you insurance to cover your rental. This is typically 100% profit for them!

Should you buy rental insurance? You’ll want to call your insurance company to determine if your personal auto insurance will cover your truck rental. Often, personal insurance policies do not cover the use of commercial vehicles such as trucks and vans.

If you personal insurance policy doesn’t cover you, it’s a good idea to purchase the insurance from your rental company. Driving uninsured means that you could face out-of-pocket expenses for any damage you cause to your rental vehicle, or other drivers, during your trip.

For example, if you get in a wreck with another driver, and you’re at fault, you’ll be liable for:

– Repairing or replacing your rental vehicle

– Repairing or replacing the other driver’s vehicle

– Any personal damage caused to the driver, such as medical bills

It’s not difficult to imagine these costs adding up to tens of thousands of dollars. Without insurance, you’re responsible for paying all of these costs out of your own pocket.

5. Underage renting

Under 25 years of age? Most rental companies will charge you an additional cost for renting with them. Typically, this ranges from $10 — $30.

6. Moving supplies

Truck rental agencies want to sell you boxes and tape, whether you need them or not. Again, these upsells are essentially pure profit, and you’ll be asked if you need to purchase any supplies.

If you do need boxes, tape, gloves and other supplies, it’s recommended to purchase them before your rental at a normal hardware-supply store.

7. Cleaning fees

As a renter, you’re responsible for returning your truck rental in its original condition. If you’ve had any spills or debris collect in your truck, be sure to clean them before returning your vehicle.

If your vehicle isn’t returned in a clean state, cleaning fees can range from $30 to $100.

Lastly, be sure not to smoke in your truck rental. Smoking requires a vehicle to be detailed and cleaned extensively, which can result in hundreds of dollars in cleaning fees.

8. Additional costs

Many rental companies will tack on additional fees, such as “recovery costs” — that can add anywhere from a few dollars to $10 to your rental. While these costs may seem minimal, they can add up.

9. Cancellation fees

Does the truck rental company offer free cancellation for your reservation? If not, you’ll be liable for the full cost of


Your base rental fee is only the starting point for what you can expect to pay for a truck rental. After your rental, mileage, gas and insurance, expect to pay $60 — $150 for a 24-hour rental.

Be sure to understand the services that are included — and not included — with your truck rental. This will help you find not only the best price but also the most convenient option for renting a truck.

Want a truck-rental experience that is all-inclusive, without any up-sells? Fetch rentals include free miles, gas and insurance. Best of all, you can instantly check-in any time using our app and skip the lines.

The Moment When — Episode 04 with Rob Kischuk Now Available

I first met Rob in 2010 when we were exploring how social media and location-based services would change the ways brands interact with customers.

Rob went on to start a company around this theme, and the last half-decade has been an incredible journey for Rob. He’s dealt with all of the stages of being an entrepreneur: the highs of raising money from top-tier investors to the lows of realizing that your product vision isn’t working.

Rob shares how his perseverance has paid off, and his lessons learned, in our latest episode of The Moment When.

The Moment When — Episode 03 Now Available

I first met TJ Muehleman at ThePort Network. TJ was running the engineering team, and I immediately respected his ability to cross between the technical and business worlds.

Not long after I started PlacePunch, TJ launched his own startup, We&Co, with a mission for helping the service industry.

TJ was kind enough to share the We&Co story with me and talk about how after many years, their company evolved into Standard Code. It’s a really incredible story of how TJ and his co-founder persevered for years with no salaries, hung around long enough to find a problem they could solve, and turned it into a growing business.

You can listen to the full podcast below. Thanks TJ!

Fetch Truck Rental Now in Roswell

We’re very happy to share that Fetch Truck Rental is now available in Roswell! Our Roswell office is convenient for customers in Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, East Cobb and surrounding areas looking to rent a truck or van.

Roswell is the home office for Fetch, and we couldn’t be happier to have a new location open in downtown Roswell.

Our office is located at: 280 S Atlanta Street, Roswell GA 30075

Our mission at Fetch is to make transportation effortless, and we’re thrilled to bring our service to Roswell. Whether you’re moving apartments, running an errand to pick up furniture or cleaning out a storage space, Fetch is here to help with your transportation needs.

We hope to see you soon in Roswell!

Insider tips you need to know before renting a truck or van

Renting a truck or van is not like renting a regular passenger car. The same rules do not apply. Trucks and vans are typically considered “commercial vehicles.” Because of that, they are priced differently and have different insurance rules.

When renting a truck or van, here are the most important things to remember:

You should almost always buy the insurance

Most personal auto-insurance companies do not cover usage of commercial vehicles with a personal-insurance policy.

This means that if you rent a truck or van you could be driving uninsured. Get in a wreck? Total the vehicle? You could end up owing your rental company tens of thousands of dollars and even being liable for any damage caused to other drivers or parties.

Because of this, rental companies typically offer two different types of insurance:

  1. Insurance to cover damage to just the vehicle
  2. Insurance to cover personal and property damage (such as damage to others)

We recommend making sure you have at least state-minimum coverage and also have basic insurance to limit your exposure to damage to your rental vehicle. Even if you must purchase it from your rental company, it’s a worthwhile investment.

At Fetch, we include insurance for free with every rental.

Ask about per-mile pricing and other fees

Many truck rental companies advertise a low daily rate, but they then hit you with per mile pricing ranging from $0.69 to $1.09 per mile!

When picking up your vehicle, make sure you’ve verified if any miles are included with your rental and how much each additional mile will cost.

For example, take a rental where you’ll be traveling 50 miles. A $20 daily rental quickly turns into a $70 rental. And you haven’t even paid for gas or insurance, yet.

Make sure your vehicle is clean

If you don’t leave your vehicle reasonably clean, rental companies may charge you a cleaning fee, typically ranging from $25 — $100.

What’s the general rule for leaving your vehicle? Make sure any dirt or mess you’ve left behind can be cleaned with a vacuum. Stains on seats, spilled drinks on floor mats and anything requiring a scrubbing will typically lead to a cleaning fee.

Also, it’s best to leave pets at home. Unconstrained animals quickly scratch door panels, tear seats and stain vehicles.

Fill up the gas tank

Unfilled gas tanks are easy ways for rental companies to charge “filling” fees, ranging anywhere from $5 — $20, plus the cost of gas. Before you complete your rental check-in , make sure to ask about the gas fill-up fees.

Rental companies will typically charge for the act of filling up the vehicle, whether they have to add just a gallon or a full tank. They’ll also mark up the cost of the gas to increase the fees you pay.

If your rental company doesn’t provide gas, make sure to take a picture of the gas gauge before you start a rental and immediately when you return your rental. Of course, be sure to fill up your gas tank before returning.

At Fetch, we think this is not only inconvenient, but also a device used to increase the cost of your rental. We provide free gas with every rental and don’t require you to fill up.

Not all reservations are guaranteed

Unfortunately, many rental companies do not guarantee your reservation, and they may even over-book vehicles.

It’s not uncommon to reserve a truck and then show up to find your truck is not available. Rental companies do this to maximize their utilization, but it comes at the expense and inconvenience of you, the customer.

Even if you reserve a vehicle on a company’s website, make sure to call to ask about their reservation policy and ensure your vehicle will be available.

We hope these tips help you understand the differences in renting a truck/van as opposed to a personal vehicle (such as a sedan).

Fetch Truck Rental now available in Peachtree Corners

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve opened our second truck rental location in Peachtree Corners!

At Fetch, we’re focused on providing the most convenient and seamless experience for our customers. Many of our customers are located near the Peachtree Industrial area, and we’ve been searching for a location that could support Fetch.

We’ve partnered with the team at Prototype Prime to make this happen. (If you’re a startup in north Atlanta, definitely check them out.)

If you’re in the surrounding areas such as Norcross, Duluth, Johns Creek or Doraville, we’re just a hop, skip and jump away.

Check out our updated locations page to find our Peachtree Corners (and other) locations. All of our cargo vans and pickup trucks are now available to rent at any of these locations. We hope to see you soon!

8′ Pickup Trucks Now Available

The Fetch team picking up one of our new trucks

Need to make a quick run to pick up some landscaping supplies for a weekend project? Need to move a sofa?

Fetch now has 8′ pick up trucks available to rent! Like all Fetch vehicles, these trucks are clean, easy to drive, and optimized to help you transport your things. Our 8′ trucks include features such as:

  • Automatic transmission
  • Seating for 3 people
  • Extended 8′ bed

Rent an 8′ pickup truck today with Fetch. (Or, book any of our other vans/trucks.)

Best Places to Live in Atlanta: A Ranking Based on Data

Where’s the best place to live? ITP? OTP? Which Atlanta neighborhoods are great for being able to walk to dinner? What if you need great public schools for your family?

While there’s no perfect place in Atlanta that fits everyone, there are certain characteristics that most people look for when moving to an area. We’ve taken those characteristics, measured them for Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods, and we’ve created our own list of the best places to live in Atlanta.

What are the criteria we used to evaluate each neighborhood? We examined each neighborhood’s:

· Walkability
· Crime rate
· Public schools
· Housing costs
· Commute time

We evenly weighted all of these criteria to calculate the best places to live in Atlanta.

Which neighborhoods did we rank? While Atlanta is full of many incredible neighborhoods, we examined these areas:

· Alpharetta
· Buckhead
· Canton
· Decatur
· Grant Park
· John’s Creek
· Marietta
· Midtown
· Roswell
· Smyrna
· Virginia Highlands

Our results were surprising. We expected the top rankings to come from a place like Alpharetta or Canton, but we were pleasantly surprised at the overall rankings. Without further ado, let’s begin the countdown.

11. Grant Park

· Walkability: 4
· Crime rate: 11
· Public schools: 9
· Housing costs: 2
· Commute: 11

First up on our list is Grant Park. Grant Park really excels as an incredibly walkable area, full of restaurants, cafes and shops. No car required. It is also a very affordable place to live.

However, it lacks in area such as crime and public school. Grant Park has nearly double the number of crimes committed when compared to an average Atlanta neighborhood. And, surprisingly, its commute time is one of the worst in the Atlanta area.

Overall. Grant Park is a fun, walkable neighborhood. But, it lacks in areas such as safety and public education.

10. Marietta

· Walkability: 6
· Crime rate: 10
· Public schools: 6
· Housing costs: 3
· Commute: 7

Marietta, a suburb of northwest Atlanta, is an affordable area to live with average schools. In fact, it is one of the most affordable places to live in Atlanta.

However, Marietta’s relatively high crime rate and long commute times hurt its rankings.

One surprise bonus for Marietta: it ranks as one of the most walkable suburbs in Atlanta.

9. Roswell

· Walkability: 8
· Crime rate: 2
· Public schools: 3
· Housing costs: 5
· Commute: 8

Like Marietta, Roswell is another suburb located in northern Atlanta. Roswell is one of the most idea places to live for families, with a low crime rate and good schools. As an added bonus, its housing costs are relatively low.

However, Roswell suffers from long commute times and a city that requires everyone to drive a car. While the historic Roswell area offers many restaurants clustered together, the rest of the city is not walker friendly and requires a car to get around.

8. Decatur

· Walkability: 5
· Crime rate: 9
· Public schools: 11
· Housing costs: 9
· Commute: 5

Decatur is best known as one of Atlanta’s “hipster” neighborhoods. In fact, Decatur sports one of the best walkability scores, and it’s tied for the best commute time. If you enjoy being outside, walking to stores, shops and restaurants, Decatur is the place for you.

On the flip side, Decatur’s crime rates, schools and housing prices all rank below average in Atlanta. Most notably, its crime rates really harms its ranking.

7. Smyrna

· Walkability: 7
· Crime rate: 8
· Public schools: 7
· Housing costs: 4
· Commute: 6

Thinking of Smyrna? If you’re a house hunter looking for a bargain, Smyrna may be your place. After Grant Park and Marietta, Smyrna ranks as the most affordable place to live in Atlanta.

The flip side is that Smyrna’s crime rates and schools rank below average for Atlanta. Walkability is about average. Overall, it’s an average Atlanta neighborhood with good housing prices.

6. Alpharetta

· Walkability: 10
· Crime rate: 4
· Public schools: 2
· Housing costs: 6
· Commute: 4

Alpharetta is one of the most desirable suburbs to live in Atlanta. Its low crime rates and good schools attract many families. Surprisingly, the average commute time for Alpharetta residents is better than the Atlanta average; a rarity for Atlanta suburbs.

What prevents Alpharetta from ranking higher is its very low walkability score and its average housing costs.

5. John’s Creek

· Walkability: 11
· Crime rate: 1
· Public schools: 1
· Housing costs: 8
· Commute: 9

John’s Creek is perhaps the most desirable location for families to live in Atlanta. Its crime rate and school quality both rank as the best in metro Atlanta.

However, the tradeoff is that housing costs are the worst for an Atlanta suburb, and its walkability score means that you’ll need a car to get to Publix.

4. Canton

· Walkability: 9
· Crime rate: 3
· Public schools: 5
· Housing costs: 1
· Commute: 10

Surprisingly, Canton ranks as one of the top places to live in Atlanta. This Atlanta suburb fares incredibly well with great schools, the most affordable housing, and a very low crime rate. No wonder it’s one of Atlanta’s up and coming neighborhoods.

The only drawbacks? Canton faces one of the worst average commute times. And, as with most suburbs, it has one of the worst walkability scores.

3. Virginia Highlands

· Walkability: 2
· Crime rate: 7
· Public schools: 8
· Housing costs: 10
· Commute: 3

2. Buckhead

· Walkability: 3
· Crime rate:6
· Public schools: 4
· Housing costs: 11
· Commute: 1

We’re now moving into the city of Atlanta, and Virginia Highlands and Buckhead rank as two of the three best places to live in Atlanta.

Why do people love the Virginia Highlands and Buckhead? Walkability and commute times reign supreme here, as grocery stores, parks, restaurants and stores are all typically within a few minutes walk.

And somewhat surprisingly, crime rates are not terrible, with both Virginia Highlands and Buckhead having average crime rates.

The only downsides? Both areas sport the most expensive housing prices in the Atlanta area. Buckhead schools are merely OK, while Virginia Highlands’ schools are below average.

  1. Midtown

· Walkability: 1
· Crime rate: 5
· Public schools: 10
· Housing costs: 7
· Commute: 2

Here we have it, the best place to live in Atlanta is Midtown. Of course, if you’re going to live in Atlanta, why not live where the action is? Midtown has both incredible commute times to work and also a great walkability score, meaning that you’re never too far from your job or all of the happening things in Atlanta.

The biggest surprise? Housing in Midtown is relatively affordable. Midtown housing costs are actually slightly better than the Atlanta average. It’s even more affordable to live in Midtown than a place like John’s Creek or Decatur.

These are the top places to live in Atlanta based on data. Of course, your preferences will change based on the importance of different. Use the rankings we provide to create your own list!

Tips for dealing with Atlanta traffic

For a new Atlanta resident, part of getting accustomed to your new city is learning to love dealing with Atlanta traffic. If you’ve lived in Atlanta long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “it takes 30 minutes to get anywhere in Atlanta.”

In fact, Atlanta does rank as having the 9th worst traffic in the country. The average commute in Atlanta? It’s 12.8 miles each way. With 2.6 million people employed in metro Atlanta, and only 430,000 using MARTA, that’s a lot of daily drivers.

According to INRIX, Atlantans spend 59 hours per year stuck in traffic congestion.

If you can’t avoid Atlanta traffic, how can you minimize your time spent in traffic, stay safe and make the most of your commute? We’ve put together a few tips and lessons learned that we’ve picked up over the years spent fighting Atlanta traffic.

1. The key to a great daily commute is to live inside the Chattahoochee River, not inside the 285 perimeter.

While Atlantans commonly self-identify as being “ITP” or “OTP,” the most important part of having a great daily commute is to actually live inside the Chattahoochee River.

The reason? There are only a small number of roads that travel over the Chattahoochee River into places like Roswell, John’s Creek, East Cobb and Marietta. These small number of entry points are bottlenecks, and they create massive traffic congestion. Worst of all, if there’s a wreck on 400 or 285, all of the highway traffic gets funneled to a small number of two-lane roads, creating massive gridlock.

The key to your commute is to live inside the “Hooch” so that you have dozens of different access points to wherever you’re going. Take surface street, highways — even cut through neighborhoods. By living inside the Chattahoochee, you’re free to customize the route for your daily commute based on where traffic is the worst.

Traffic bottlenecks over the Chattahoochee River

2. Raining in the morning? Plan to leave 30 minutes early or work from home.

Atlanta roads can barely handle our commute needs during a normal day. When it rains, traffic simply gets out of control. The combination of slower driving speeds and more wrecks puts traffic at a standstill.

If rain is in the forecast for the morning, your best bet is to work from home. Otherwise, plan to at least double the time for your morning commute.

3. MARTA is the cheapest and easiest way to get to the airport.

If you’re traveling to the airport, MARTA is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get there.

To start, overnight parking at MARTA stations is only $5 — $8 per day. Parking at the Atlanta airport starts at $12 per day.

Most importantly, the MARTA train drops you off directly in the airport. No fussing with parking and walking a quarter mile to the airport.

If you are going to be traveling to or from the airport anytime around Atlanta rush hour, MARTA is a necessity. That last thing you want to do is get off a plane at 5p and sit in downtown traffic for 90 minutes.

4. Driving to Midtown from 400? Take the Buford Spring Connector.

Yes, that highway that could be 85’s little sister is your fastest route to Sweetwater Brewery, Piedmont Park or anywhere else in the Virginia Highlands or Midtown area.

If you’re traveling from Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell or anywhere north OTP, you’ll take exit 1 on 400. Then, turn left and make a quick right onto Buford Spring Connector. Laugh as you zip by all the suckers stuck on 85.

5. Drivers don’t let you over. They accept you cutting them off.

One of the first lessons new drivers learn is how to deal with the aggression in Atlanta. Drivers here aren’t just fast; they’ll cut you off, swerve around you and generally have a complete disregard for you.

The first thing to learn is that in order to change lanes, you’ll need to cut off other drivers. Flip your left turn signal on? You’re not seeing things, the driver behind you did start speeding up. Learn to think of your turn signal as a “warning signal.” You’re telling other drivers “I’m coming, and get out of the way.

6. Rush hour starts early and ends late

Rush hour? It basically lasts all day. Rush hour in Atlanta starts at 6:30am and doesn’t let up until around 10 a.m.

Morning traffic at 10 a.m.

Leaving work at 4 p.m. to beat the traffic? Think again. Rush hour home starts at 3 p.m. and doesn’t really end until 7:30 p.m.

Rush hour traffic at 7 p.m.

But hey, at least Friday is coming up, right? Not so fast. Sure, the morning commute on Friday is incredible. It’s amazing how much faster traffic flows with just a few people working from home or taking vacation. But, you’ll pay for this later in the day.

Friday rush hour at 5 p.m.

Friday evening rush hour gets started early, beginning right after lunch and doesn’t end until 6 p.m. So don’t fret, have an early dinner and leave for your weekend vacation at 7 p.m. You might arrive late, but at least you won’t have an Office Space freak out in traffic.

All in all, Atlanta traffic isn’t that terrible, at least once you come to accept it. These tips will help keep you sane, and hopefully save you an hour or two of those 59 you’ll be spending in Atlanta traffic.

Now that you’ve read our tips, what are yours? Share your expertise in the comments.

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