Lowes has recently risen in stature within the moving industry and has some unique pricing for their services and vehicles, so we’re going to break down what they have to offer. We’re also going to compare them to 5 alternatives so that you can have more information to work with and better assess your options when it comes to renting a moving truck.
How Lowe’s Truck Rental Works
Lowe’s differs from most other rental companies in that they only offer one type of moving truck. It’s a flatbed pickup truck with a carrying capacity of 2,000lbs, an 8-foot bed, and a standard cab. Lowe’s also offers the standard safety features as well as roadside assistance, should you need it.
To initiate the Lowe’s truck rental process, you first have to call your local Lowe’s. Not every Lowe’s store offers truck rental, so you have to find one that does. They offer trucks on a “first come, first serve” basis, so all you need to do to rent one is show up with your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a credit card. You can drive it right off the lot and bring it back when you’re done, just make sure to return it with a full tank of gas, per the agreement.
Depending on the store, Lowes may or may not offer insurance with their truck. If they do, always use their insurance instead of your own. Yours is likely to cost you more, should you get into an accident.
Cost of Lowes Truck Rental
Lowes offers pretty standard rates for their trucks. As stated above, they only offer one model of truck, a Chevy Silverado flatbed. It’s about $20 for the first 90 minutes you have the truck, and an extra $5 for every additional 15 minutes.
If that doesn’t work for you, they also offer an unlimited miles plan for a flat rate that may vary across different regions. Another option is the all-day rental for a solid $90.
Pros and Cons of Lowes Truck Rental
Lowe’s truck rental is not ideal for big moves. It is, however, perfect for small, local moves. If you can get the job done in 90 minutes or less, Lowe’s truck rental is probably the best choice for you. However, if you aren’t sure how long it will take you, you have enough stuff to fill a 2-bedroom or more, or you’re moving to a location far away, Lowes is definitely not the best option.
Alternatives to Lowes Truck Rental
There are a handful of options to consider if Lowes isn’t for you.
They offer a full fleet of moving trucks including an 8-foot pickup truck, a 9-foot cargo van, a 10-foot able to carry the contents of a studio or 1-bed apartment, a 15-foot that can carry the contents of a 1 or 2-bed apartment, a 17-foot that can carry up to a 2-bed apartment, a 20-foot that can carry a 2-3 bed apartment, a 24-foot that can carry a 3-4 bed, and a 26-foot that can carry a 4-bed or above.
The base rates for their moving trucks are as follows:
- 8ft pickup truck – $19.95
- 9ft cargo van – $19.95
- 10ft truck – $19.95
- 15ft truck – $29.95
- 17ft truck – $29.95
- 20ft truck – $39.95
- 24ft truck- $39.95
- 26ft truck – $39.95
UHAUL is generally a great option for bigger moves. They are the most prestigious moving company and offer a full breadth of guarantees, services, and options. They might not have the super cheap pricing you’d hope for if you’re completing a small move, though.
Budget is a moving company similar to UHAUL. They generally offer lower rates in addition to having lower accessibility, and fewer options in their fleet. They offer a 12ft, a 16ft, and a 26ft truck for moving. Their base rates are $29.99, $29.95, and $39.95, respectively. They have higher carrying capacities than most companies, with their 12ft able to handle 3,600lbs, the 16ft able to handle 5,500lbs, and the 26ft able to handle up to almost 9,200 lbs.
Budget is great for those with a ton of stuff who need a cheap option for moving it. They don’t have as many of the accompanying services and features as UHAUL, but the sheer moving power of their trucks is a selling point for packrats and those with large families.
A newer company on the market, PENSKE offers competitive pricing and more insurance options than most. They have 12ft, 16ft, 22ft, and 26ft trucks available. They only offer per-day pricing which starts at $20 for the 12ft and goes all the way up to 80$ for the 26ft.
PENSKE is great for long moves to rural locations thanks to their insurance options and many locations. Their carrying capacity is average, however, and they don’t have any advanced safety features.
4. RYDER TRUCK RENTAL
Ryder is a somewhat more obscure moving truck company. They offer a wide variety of trucks for both commercial and residential purposes but for residential moving purposes, you can choose from a 16ft foot box truck or a 16-24ft stake truck. Both are diesel vehicles with the 16ft truck having a base rate of $39 and the stake truck a base rate of $89.95.
Ryder could be a great alternative for a massive or very local move but isn’t ideal for a small, local moving trip.
This company offers a 15ft parcel van, a 16 ft cabover truck, a 24ft truck, a box truck, and a 26ft box truck to customers. The carrying capacity is a plus here, with the parcel van able to handle up to 5,000lbs and the 26 ft box truck able to carry 10,000lbs.
Their pricing is average, starting at $75 a day for the 15ft parcel van and reaching up to $105 a day for the 26ft box truck. They only offer round-trip rentals and don’t charge for mileage under 300 miles. This is perfect for big, short moves. Even their cheapest option is overkill for a small, local move, though.
Assess Your Move Before You Pick a Truck
The size and type of your moving truck should depend on where you’re moving, how much stuff you need to carry, and what you’re willing to pay. No matter the details of your move, however, one of the 5 options we’ve laid out here is sure to cover all your bases.