Truck Rental Tips

Truck rental is more involved than we may realise, coupled with the stresses and strains of moving and it can make for a very big day indeed! Our simple, yet effective tips will ensure you cover most bases with regard to searching and selecting the right truck for you. 1. What size truck do you need? It is very important to consider the size of truck that you require. Most operators of truck rental in Australia classify trucks as 2 tonne or 3 tonne. Whilst mass is important, consider volume/space as this will ultimately dictate how much you can fit in. The average moving truck has up to 16.8 cubic metres of space which is an ideal size. 2. Trucks and car licensing: 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 truck and its contents should collectively not exceed 4.5 tonnes overall.

3. Biggest is not always best: Consider your needs prior to booking a truck. If a smaller truck (say a 2 tonne) suffices, then this is the way to go. The smaller the truck, the easier it will be to maneuver, the less fuel it will use and, most importantly, the lower the price will be. 4. Search and book early: Cheap truck and car rental in Sydney is hard to find during peak periods such as 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 truck rental company to ensure the company is reputable and the truck is likely to be in good condition. The last thing you want during your big move is for the truck to break down, leaving you stranded. 5. Insurance cover for the unexpected: Insurance conditions around trucks do differ to regular car hire in Sydney. Expect a higher excess due to the higher cost of new trucks to the rental company. Additionally, by and large there are separate rules for the Pantechnicon (cargo box) of the truck which you should familiarise yourself with prior to signing the contract. Common exclusions include damage to or by the Pantechnicon and over cabin damage to the Pantechnicon. 6. Allow for a tail lift: Whilst moving is expensive and every dollar counts, an extra $20-$40 for a tail lift will be money well spent. Not only will it make the move faster, it will save your back and potential physiotherapy expenses down the track! For truck rentals, the most reputable companies have tail lifts as standard features, however, this is not the case with some of the smaller operators. Having a 500kg capacity and a midway “step” into the back of the truck will prove a huge advantage on the day. So as the move approaches, plan ahead and work your way through the points we have above. Booking early, locating the right truck for you, ensuring you have the right supplier are key to ensuring that your move is a smooth and productive one.