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Vehicle Rental Advice for Long Distance Move #2795739
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My daughter is moving from Chicago to Boston to attend grad school. The trip would be broken-up into two segments, Chicago to NJ and then NJ to Boston a couple of weeks later. She has been looking at one-way van rental prices and is experiencing a lot of sticker shock. The amount of stuff she has could be carried in a Grand Caravan or small U-Haul type truck. Any advice or ideas on where to get a low-priced rental (without a drop charge) would be appreciated.

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Re: Vehicle Rental Advice for Long Distance Move [Re: Powerflow] #2795757
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We moved my daughter from WI to Norfolk a couple years back to do grad school. I rented a 16' trailer from a local trailer store. He gave me a brand new one because he knew I was going on a long trip. $500 for the week. It was cheaper than any Hertz/Uhaul I could come up with. She did a Pods type thing for the return trip.

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Generally with a U-haul, Penske, and Budget type truck rental your car insurance does not cover the use and you need to purchase their insurance.

Look at the difference between renting a passenger type van and box truck for insurance cost.

Re: Vehicle Rental Advice for Long Distance Move [Re: Powerflow] #2795835
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the one way drop charge is what gets you.
Not to mention the 2 week down time is killer

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Buy a used trailer, use it for the move, sell it on the other end.

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Thanks for the ideas so far. Forgot about the insurance. She doesn't have a car, so she'd need to buy insurance from the rental company. A 'buy it then sell it' trailer is a good idea, but would only work if she had a vehicle to hitch it to.

Before Covid19, the plan was for me to fly to Chicago and drive back with my daughter in a rental vehicle. That option is out the window now. I'm high risk and she won't let me fly, so she's going to do this by herself. It's much more involved and frustrating than it should be.

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Originally Posted by gtx6970
the one way drop charge is what gets you.
Not to mention the 2 week down time is killer

Exactly. The fact she wants to do it in 2 stages makes this very problematic. Rent the vehicle and go directly to Boston, come back home, get her car and then if she wants to hang out in NJ she can go there with her car. I've rented big trucks by the day and it was a flat rate. Not sure if they still do that.


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Once she gets to either Boston or Jersey, she'll turn-in the van and rent something else for the next step.

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Why not buy a decent older used van, do the trip, and sell it off later ?

Another thought is to check in the transport section, maybe someone needs a load on that route.







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