U-Haul is a great company for anyone looking to rent a truck or trailer for moving. They have locations around the country, offer rental prices that are competitive and have no hidden fees. If you end up renting your U-Haul from one of their smaller local branches, though, you might not know about all of the rules that come with renting a truck from them.
In this blog post, we’ll talk about how to extend your U-Haul rental period and what the fines are if you fail to return it on time. Read on to learn more!
What Are the U-Haul Rental Periods?
The rental periods for U-Haul rental trucks and trailers are 24, 48 and 72 hours. You can rent a U-Haul for a few days and then return it to the same location where you dropped it off. The only exception to this rule is if you rent a truck from one of the U-Haul Contractor locations. If you’re renting from a U-Haul Contractor location, you will have to drop off your U-Haul at another U-Haul location. To find out the cost of renting a U-Haul, you can visit the U-Haul website and select the type of equipment you need. There, you can choose the amount of time you’d like to rent it for and your location. The website will give you an estimate of the rental price.
How to Extend Your U-Haul Rental
The first thing you need to do when you rent a U-Haul is to talk to the associate and let them know you want to extend your rental. This is especially important if you are renting a truck from a U-Haul Contractor location.
The U-Haul Contractor locations don’t have a computerized system like the regular U-Haul locations. When you extend your rental at one of these locations, the associate will write it down on a piece of paper. Make sure to be polite and let them know you want to extend your U-Haul rental. If you’re renting from a regular U-Haul location, you just need to let the associate know that you want to extend your rental when you return the equipment. There are no special rules or regulations for extending a U-Haul rental. You just have to make sure you have enough time to return the equipment and don’t go over your rental period.
Fines for Returning a U-Haul Late or Having Damages
If you fail to return your U-Haul on time, U-Haul will charge you a $25 late fee. If you are one day late, you will have to pay an extra $50. The fine for being two days late is $100. If you are three days late, the fine is $200. If you are four days late, you will be charged $300. On the fifth day, you will be charged $500 and an additional $50 every day after that. These fines are in addition to the daily rate you will owe for the day you return the equipment late. So, if you are five days late, you will have to pay the daily rate for five days plus the $300 fine. If you damage the equipment or have it returned with any damages, the fines will be much higher. If you have any dents, scratches, or have broken windshield wipers, the fine is $500. If you have a bent frame, the fine is $1000. If you have any missing parts or have major damage to the truck, the fine is $2000.
How to Avoid Fines When Returning a U-Haul
With that being said, you can avoid all of these fines by being careful when you’re using the equipment. If the rental is during the winter season, make sure to warm up your vehicle before you use it to prevent the possibility of a frozen engine. If you are going to be towing another vehicle or trailer, make sure your vehicle is equipped to tow properly and that you have the proper towing equipment. Before you drive the U-Haul, make sure you know where the fuel shutoff switch and the hood release latch are. If you are driving off-road, make sure you stay on the roads. If you need to park on the road, make sure to park at an angle to enable easier backing up and make sure you are parallel with the curb. If you need to park in a tight space, make sure to apply gentle acceleration and brake to avoid damage to the truck.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Make Changes To My U-Haul Reservation?
You can make changes to your U-Haul reservation by calling 1-800-uhaul (1-800-842-5628).
What Happens If You Keep A U-Haul Longer Than Your Supposed To?
If you keep a U-Haul longer than your supposed to, you will be charged for an extra day.
How Do I Add More Days To My U-Haul?
To add more days to your U-Haul, you can either go to the U-Haul website or call them. On the website, you can click on “rental agreement” and then “extend rental.” This will take you to a page where you can input the new dates for your rental. If you call U-Haul, you can ask them to do this for you.
In The End
At the end of the day, you need to decide whether or not it’s worth it to extend your U-Haul rental. While extending your rental can give you more time, it also means paying more money.
To decide whether or not it’s worth extending your rental, calculate how much you would pay for another day of renting the U-Haul and how much it would cost to rent from another company for one day. If the cost of renting from another company for one day is less than extending your rental, you should just end your rental and rent from another company. If the cost of extending your rental is less than renting from another company for one day, then you should extend your rental.