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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.

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 and Cargo Van Rental Now Available in Atlanta

Atlanta is home for us. It’s where we’ve built our lives, grown as entrepreneurs, and spent summers in Piedmont Park and floating down the Hooch.

We’re so excited to share that Fetch has officially launched our first location covering all of metro Atlanta. With Fetch, you can now rent a cargo van in Atlanta for as little as $15 an hour that includes 100 free miles, gas and insurance.

Fetch cargo vans are perfect for Atlanta

Fetch offers two style of vans:

· A 6 foot van perfect for small jobs

· A 9 foot van that’s ideal for moving apartments or large jobs

Fetch vans have more room than a pick up truck, but are easier to drive than box trucks. All Fetch vans have automatic transmissions and rear windows, making them nimble enough for drivers to confidently navigate Friday traffic on 285.

Fetch includes everything you need

One of the biggest hassles of renting a truck is having to pay extra for miles, decide if you need to purchase insurance, and remembering to fill up your car with gas before returning it.

With Fetch, every rental includes 100 free miles, free prepaid gas and insurance. With our low hourly rates, starting at just $15/hour, you know exactly how much you’ll spend.

Most importantly, every Fetch rental includes insurance. Rest easy knowing that you’ll be protected with Fetch’s insurance.

Conveniently delivered to you

Tired of having to drive to the rental agency, wait in line and leave your car? With Fetch, we deliver your rental van straight to you. We’ll even pick it up from you when your rental is complete.

It’s all part of our mission of making transportation effortless.

Delivery is available throughout metro Atlanta. View our delivery coverage map to see if your location is included.

Start moving with Fetch

Whether you’re moving offices from Dunwoody to Buckhead, or moving apartments from Decatur to Marietta, we’ve built Fetch to be the easiest way to transport your stuff.

So what are you waiting for? Use Fetch for whatever you need to move.

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