Truck Rentals in Canada: Budget vs. U-Haul

February 11th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Budget has a new fleet of trucks.U-Haul's trucks may be new or ancient.
For one-way rentals, only a 16-foot truck is available, in limited parts of Canada.Almost all types of trucks are available for one-way rentals anywhere in North America.
Depots are in major cities.Depots are just about anywhere.
Trucks have a low deck.Trucks have a very low deck; very easy to load; lower clearance required.
$944.23 tax included for a one-way rental from Vancouver to Red Deer$1059.52 for the same move with a truck 57 cubic feet smaller and same insurance
You rent an empty truck.A dolly and furniture pads takes up valuable space in the truck; you can't remove them unless you want to pay for them.
Our truck was provided to us with a full tank of diesel.Our truck was provided to us with less than a quarter tank of gas.
Cube truck"Mom's Attic" over the cab
Diesel or Gasoline fuelGasoline fuel

The verdict: If each end of your move is in or near a city with a Budget depot, and a 16-foot truck will suit your needs if you're doing a one-way rental, we recommend Budget for their newer trucks and competitive prices.

If you're picking up and dropping off your truck at the same location in a major city, you may also wish to investigate Penske and Ryder.  (Note that these two companies have different insurance terms than Budget and U-Haul.)

If your move isn't near a large city, you're doing a one-way move outside of Budget's area, or you're doing a one-way move and a 16-foot truck isn't appropriate, U-Haul will often be your only option.
  1. Katrina
    November 17th, 2013 at 15:35 | #1


    Thanks for the information that you provided! Just to let other readers know, as of November 1 (2013), Budget has discontinued their one-way truck rentals outside of B.C./Western Canada. I was going to book a truck with them as they were significantly cheaper (Toronto-Edmonton) than U-Haul, but was disappointed to find out that they no longer offer this service (even though their website is still up).

  2. November 17th, 2013 at 17:06 | #2

    I'm sorry to hear that; U-Haul definitely needs some competition.  Thanks for the information.

  3. osman
    July 21st, 2014 at 16:15 | #3

    Can you please provide quote for one way a 16 feet truck from Ottawa to Calgary?

  4. July 21st, 2014 at 16:17 | #4

    Please tell me you're joking.

  5. Tom
    June 15th, 2017 at 18:05 | #5

    Osman...Thanks for the laugh, man.  Too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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