Cross Country Cargo Van Rental
If you’re looking to move across the country, there’s a good chance you’ll want to look into one way cargo van rental.
There are two reasons for this: one, you’ll want a cargo van, because it’s hard to imagine fitting all of your cherished life possessions into a single car.
And two: you’re not going to want to bring your cargo van back to its original destination, travelling cross-country for the second time after going through one of life’s most stressful occasions.
Before we start, keep in mind that you must be 25 years or older to rent most of these vans. Sorry, college kids!
The four biggest companies you’ll want to consider are Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and U-Haul.
Avis has your basic, standard van: 2 seats, air-conditioning, gentle-Ride suspension, automatic transmission, SRS/airbags, tie downs, and a fuel-efficient V-8 engine. The price ranges from $284.99-$299.99.
Enterprise has the same van as Avis, but is notable for its pricing scheme. Their rentals start at $84.15. After 100 miles, they begin to charge $.25 per additional mile. This makes them perfect for shorter distances — not so much for longer ones.
The other two companies have similar vans, but with various extra features.
For instance, Budget’s GMC Savana has easy-access doors and a roomier interior. The price for a rental ranges from $189.00-$209.00.
Finally there’s U-Haul, which offers the standard van plus optional rental protection and rub rails. They have by far the lowest cover price at $19.95, however this is offset by charging $.59 per mile.
It’s really a more extreme version of Enterprise’s price scheme, and is ideal for those travelling short distances.
For those who don’t feel like doing the math, it’s a great deal compared to other companies within the first 100 miles of driving. More than that, and you might want to look at Enterprise’s offer.
Of course, if these prices don’t work for you, there are often deals being provided online: some websites provide daily coupons for car rental companies, and sometimes the car rental companies will provide deals on their own websites.
Always check over contracts closely, to make sure you’re not getting hit with any hidden fees or other problems.