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Pricing Truck Rentals: Budget vs Penske

[Notes from my move from Brooklyn to Mountain View, CA in July 2010. We rented a truck and towed a car. We drove via I-80/I-70. We stayed at Motel 6 when we could, and I asked my Android GPS to avoid tolls, especially East of the Mississippi.]

When I moved from California to New York I went with Budget Truck rental, based on price. It went well enough. This time I’m going with Penske, based on my sweetheart’s AAA discount. Penske’s web site is more polished, especially the “enter make and model of car to be towed” interaction. Today I received a 20% discount coupon for Budget. I made my reservation and was pleased that the price came out lower, until I reviewed my Penske reservation and saw they had included tax in their total. Budget did not. It also looks like Penske applies the AAA discount per-item, where Budget’s discount was only on the truck itself.

Item Budget Penske
Discount 20% coupon 12% AAA + web discount
10-day one-way 16′ truck rental $1,291.20 $1,250.06
Tow Dolly $185.00 $264.00
Hand Truck $35.00 $17.60
2-dozen furniture pads $54.00 $26.40
“Cost recovery fee” $33.00
Total $1,598.20 $1,558.06


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