1. What size ute do you need?
The majority of utes come in 1 tonne variants. Whilst this provides a measure of mass it does not assist in clarifying dimensions. Dimensions would be more relevant when moving bulkier items such as beds and longer items such as bookshelves, tables and so on. They are equally versatile in carrying taller items where it is an open tray back ute rather than one with a cage. As an indication a Toyota Hilux ute is classified as a 1 tonne and one of the more common utes you are likely to encounter.
2. Biggest is not always best:
For serious hauling, 2t tray back trucks are a good option providing almost double the volume and greater flexibility. These can be driven on a car license however are harder to come by. Consider your needs prior to booking a vehicle; If a smaller ute suffices, then this is the way to go. The smaller the ute, the easier it will be to maneuver, the less fuel it will use and, most importantly, the lower the price will be. When comparing prices of ute hire in Sydney, differences can be as up to 50%.
3. Licensing requirements:
Ute/Tray back truck hire in Australia requires no more than a C Class license (NSW) to drive a truck up to 4.5 tonne GVM. In layman’s terms, the ute and its contents should collectively not exceed 4.5 tonnes overall (this is only likely to occur in tray backs with a 2 tonne capacity).
4. Search and book early:
Cheap ute and car rental in Sydney is hard to find during towards the end of the week, weekends and holiday periods. Booking in advance will certainly avoid any disappointment and last minute price hikes. Whilst the majority of companies will push prices up to match shortages and demand, a few select car and truck rental companies maintain price stability which favours the customer. Be sure to seek out reviews of the ute rental company to ensure the company is reputable and the ute is likely to be in good condition. The last thing you want during your big move is for the ute to break down, leaving you stranded.
5. Insurance cover for the unexpected:
Insurance conditions around commercial vehicles do differ to regular car hire in Sydney. Expect a higher excess due to the higher cost of new utes to the rental company. So as the move approaches, plan ahead and work your way through the points we have above. Booking early, locating the right vehicle for you, ensuring you have the right supplier are key to ensuring that your move is a smooth and productive one.