Moving Truck Rentals: What to Look Out For

There are several things to consider when renting a moving truck to ensure you have a successful move and that there won’t be any nasty surprises later.

Truck Size Matters

Choosing the right truck size is crucial to a successful move. If you rent a truck that is too small, you may need to make multiple trips, which can be time-consuming and expensive. On the other hand, if you rent a truck that is too large, you’ll waste money on extra space that you don't need. Before renting a truck, make an inventory of your belongings to determine the appropriate size of the truck.

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When renting a moving truck, it's also important to ensure that you have the appropriate license for the type of truck you are renting. In Australia, different types of trucks require different licenses, and it's important to understand these requirements before you select a truck.

The most common type of rental truck is a light truck or a ute. These trucks are often used for smaller moves or for transporting equipment and materials for work. To drive a light truck or ute, you only need a standard car license (C class license) or a provisional license (P1 or P2).

Medium rigid trucks, which have a gross vehicle mass between 4.5 and 8 tonnes, require a Medium Rigid (MR) license. Heavy rigid trucks, which have a GVM of over 8 tonnes, require a Heavy Rigid (HR) license. These licenses require additional training and testing, and it's important to ensure that you have the appropriate license before renting one.

When renting a moving truck, it's important to ask the rental company about the types of trucks they have available. Typically, rental truck companies offer a range of sizes, from small vans to large trucks. Some rental companies may also offer specialty trucks, such as refrigerated trucks or trucks with tail lifts. Be sure to ask about the features of each truck, such as payload capacity and fuel efficiency, to determine which truck is best for your move.

Moving Truck Insurance Coverage

When renting a truck, it's important to consider insurance coverage. Your personal car insurance may not cover a rental truck, and you will need to purchase additional coverage from the rental company. Be sure to read the rental agreement carefully and understand the insurance options available to you. It's also important to inspect the truck for any damages before you drive it off the lot to avoid any liability issues.

Rental Fees and Additional Costs

When renting a truck, the rental fee is not the only cost to consider. There may be additional fees for mileage, fuel and equipment rentals, such as dollies and furniture pads. Before renting a truck, ask about any additional costs that may apply to your rental. You should also consider the time of year you are moving, as rental rates may be higher during peak moving season.


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