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The top 10 truck rental options in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 28, 2014

truck rental torontoTruck rental options in Toronto offer hot wheels and hot deals for the big moving day. If you are like me, you beg a friend with a mini-van, or rent a cargo. These, and many other rental companies offer cargo vans, which are good for a move, but what about grandma's antique wardrobe, and the king-size box spring you though was a steal at Leon's, but now is proving a real pain to squeeze in?

An open-back pickup may be the answer. If it calls for rain, you might want to book a 16' truck and really cover your bases. Moving can be really stressful, so let this list help take some of the pressure off.

Here's my list, in no particular order, of the top truck rental options in Toronto.

There is a reason U-Haul is synonymous with moving, they've got the biggest fleet of trucks in various sizes from a pick-up truck to a 26' straight trucks, and the best prices too. Pick-ups start at $19.95, plus $0.49/kilometer, while a 24' straight truck 9 big enough to move a 3-4 bedroom home) is $39.95 a day, plus $0.69/kilometer.

Budget has lots of truck deals. The base rate for a 16' cube truck is $49.99 and you get 100 free kilometers, which maks it perfect for inter city moving, you have the comfort of a flat rate, no surprises. After 100 kilometers though, the price spikes to $16 per kilometer, so calculate the mileage ahead of the move to make sure you're under 100k.

Enterprise has always been the go-to car rental place for film production and now I know why- the base rate may be higher than other places, but they offer unlimited or low prices kilometers. For trucks it is the same, a pick-up is $65.99 a day, unlimited, while a 16' cube truck is $99 a day, 100 free kilometers, then only $0.20 every additional kilometer.

Discount is about on par with Enterprise, $99.99 a day for a 16' Cube truck, with 100 free kilometers, and $0.22 for every additional. A collision damage waiver is required for that size vehicle (I mean come one, do you really know how to park that thing?) with adds another $25.99 onto your bill. They also don't have much in the way of pick-ups, for those afraid to handle the big rig.

Bristol may not be the first truck rental company that comes to mind when you're about to rent but maybe you should change that. They've got great rates. A heavy-duty pick-up truck is $89.99 a day with a 100 free kilometers, and additional kilometers are just $0.15 each. Best part a 16' foot truck starts at the same price, just $89.99, but you get 50 free kilometers instead of 100, and extra distance costs $0.20 a kilometer. Oh, and the downtown locations don't have trucks so you'll have to hit the outer boroughs.

Penske may be more expensive, but they have a big fleet of trucks, which means they might still have some available on those big move weekends when you've run out of other options. A 16' cube truck starts at $107.99, and every kilometer is $0.39. They also have earlier pick-up and drop-off times, which makes it convenient for those who want to move before the morning traffic.

Ryder has a great fleet of trucks, from parcel to city vans and pickups. A 16' truck runs you $119 per day, with each kilometer $0.29. The nice thing is they also offer weekly rates ($595.00 for a 16') if you happen to doing a couple of trips, distance moves or splits or something. A pick-up costs $59 a day, with $0.23 per km for mileage. Not bad!

Decent car and Truck Rentals
Decent Car and Truck Rentals have some sweet deals, especially for those quick inter-city movers. They break down pricing by distance AND time, giving you plenty of options. You can get a 16' truck for $24.99, plus $0.70 per kilometer for up to 6 hours, while the day rate is $59.99 and includes 100 km and $0.25 for additional kilometers, or $99.99 a day for 200 kilometers and $0.20 for each additional km. Plan your trip and find out the most suitable, and cheapest rate for your needs. They also have pick-ups with the same sliding scale.

Advance Car Rentals
Advance Car Rentals may only have locations at the Toronto Airport, in Mississauga or Brampton, and may also only have pick-up trucks, but the price is right, and for some, a great fit for their needs. Their pick-ups run $69.99 a day, with 200 kilometers free mileage, and additional kilometers are only $0.19 each. In a pinch, Advance will do.

Zip Car
Last but not least, there is Zip car, the alternative to traditional rental companies. You must join Zip Car first and all start with $30 application fee and then choose the plan rates that work for your intended usage. Zip works for people who are planning on driving in the city some time in the near future. They have some pick-up trucks to borrow with day rates around $79 or between $9.25-8.33 an hour, so if you know how long it's going to take it can be dead cheap, plus you can borrow a car again for Ikea trips once you've set up.

Add your truck rental suggestions to the comments.



DavidP / August 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm
Autoshare also has a fantastic selection of small cargo vehicles (i.e. Nissan NV). I used to use Zipcar but I found that their vehicles in my area were always slightly abused, whereas the Autoshare cars were in much better conditions.
PMK / August 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm
U-Haul is horrible. I had a truck booked for a move and they called me the night before to confirm that it would be ready for pick up at 8:00pm the next day! I said no thank you.

Really? Who needs a truck to begin a move at 8:00pm?
Penskefan / August 28, 2014 at 01:05 pm
For a long-haul move, we rented a Penske in the US (way cheaper!!!) and dropped it off at Buffalo, NY. It was worth the extra drive to drop it off in Buffalo because we saves so much money. We have found the Penske trucks to be consistently ship-shape, and U-Haul have been in such disrepair, some of the U-Haul moves we have had have been pretty terrifying!
the lemur replying to a comment from PMK / August 28, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Also, if you have a U-Haul location in your neighbourhood, their trucks will block sidewalks and zoom down your street, because the guys they hire to bring the trucks to the customers don't give a shit.
Al / August 28, 2014 at 02:52 pm
U-Haul's $19.95 offer is a four-hour rental. Good for small moves within the city or for picking up something from a store, but if you are going any distance, or you need to make multiple trips, it will cost extra.
Mover / August 28, 2014 at 03:06 pm
I used Decent car and truck rentals and they were great. Friendly, efficient and competitive prices. I only needed it for a few hours and could only pick up after work, but they let me keep it no charge until they opened the next morning, also had a convenient key drop off when I got there before they opened.

I recommend if you have an in-city move.
Lauriestephens / August 28, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Strongly advise against UHaul. Horror story after horror story of booking a vehicle only to find it is not available when you go to get it. You will find all kinds of complaints online when you google U-Haul. Vehicles not reliable either.
Mark / August 28, 2014 at 04:17 pm
Had no problems with UHaul. Reserved in store, picked up the truck and returned it with no hassles.
jackyz / August 28, 2014 at 04:32 pm
i remember when i used to use a uhaul as my daily driver. when i dropped it off they said i damaged it. it was a mess!
Jason / August 28, 2014 at 04:49 pm
I used to rent from rent a wreck. What a name some people were so turned off by that name never bothered me. Going to bookmark this page great information about current companies.
Albin / August 28, 2014 at 06:11 pm
It's been a while but the last time I rented a truck I needed a big van to help a friend move. I used Rent-a-Wreck which was cheap but far more importantly was not going to give us any grief about dents or scratches on a new box. It's one thing to rent a car for personal transportation, fun and prestige, but quite another to rent a vehicle for hard work with people you don't need to impress.
Sarah replying to a comment from Albin / August 28, 2014 at 07:06 pm
Stop trying to impress people, escpecially with materialistic things like cars. Be yourself and they'll be impressed by your genuinity.
Albert / August 28, 2014 at 07:57 pm
It's also worth mentioning that Zipcar offers cargo vans (a.k.a. Zipvans). They cost a bit over $100 for a full day but include gas and 200 km. I'm renting one tomorrow for part of a day for a move to TO from Hamiton.
Candice / August 28, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Have to echo those above who said U-Haul isn't great. We rented from them a few times and had problems every single time. They seem to overbook rentals, so you may show up and the truck you rented isn't available (this happened to us twice, even when we confirmed the reservation a few days before). And yes, they have a poor safety record - a quick google search can confirm this. The Star even did a story on it back in 2007:

Worth the extra few bucks to rent from one of the other companies on your list.
Cindy replying to a comment from Sarah / August 29, 2014 at 01:52 am
You're too kind
Laura / May 20, 2015 at 03:42 am
I've rented several ay UHaul trucks and trailers from this location and every time they have been courteous and more than willing to help. It has been a great experience every time.
Jesse / August 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm
I`ve used Uhaul. They aren`t so terrible, but there are better companies from which to choose out there.
Jean / October 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm
Hanna / October 16, 2015 at 01:36 am
At Ryder, jobs vary by location. Some locations are smaller than others and do not have good management at all. In some areas they will expect you to do several job types with little to no help.
She / October 22, 2015 at 01:42 am
Had a flawless experience with Penske. The price was amazing too. They couldn't have done a better job or been any easier to work with.
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