From: Colin Panisset
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 14:16:59 -0700
Subject: Truck rentals
I've just booked (way in advance) a truck for Moonbase Nevada; I've
reserved a 10' yellow Ryder, which will be just big enough to carry our
stuff (so we won't be able to take any extras, sorry) -- thought some
others could find the info useful.
I looked on www.yellowtruck.com,
plugged in my zip code (for a "local" move, which means you return the
truck to where you rented it from), and called each of the resulting
Ryder franchises in turn. Costs varied hugely between franchises;
anything from $1400 to $860 for the same time period and distance.
They vary their daily and per-mile rates; so know how far you're going,
and have a calculator handy when you call. They all have the same
insurance coverage options, though, at the same rates. Briefly, the
insurance options are as follows:
- cargo & passenger cover:
- $6.50 / day
- $45.50 / week
- truck damage cover:
- waiver (excess) of $250:
- waiver (excess) of $0:
- 3rd party vehicle & property damage cover:
I ended up booking from ALAMEDA AUTO LAB, in Alameda (no, really?)
+1 510 769 8171, $40/day, $0.35/mile
Some depots have weird daily pricing structures; generally, the more
busy a depot is, the more they'll charge you in daily rates for peak
times, like weekends.
Hope someone finds this useful.