Best 5 Moving Truck Rental Alternatives to U-Haul in Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge

If you live in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge and are looking for a rental truck to help you move, take a look at what we’ve found below. Whatever your reason for not wanting to use U-Haul, we’ve found 5 alternatives for you. They are a mixture of local and national companies so we’re sure there’s something here for everyone.

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Jamieson Car and Truck Rental,

A local business that’s as good as the big guys!

Jaimeson Car and Truck Rental is a small company in Kitchener with a branch in Woodstock. Their website is well-designed and easy to use – it sure rivals the bigger names! It is locally owned and operated and has been running as a company for over 30 years.


Jamieson offers everything from extended high-roof cargo vans to 24’ trucks and even trailers.

Rental Price

Prices weren’t available on the website; you are instructed to call the company directly. Their homepage offers 25% off truck rental prices in Kitchener. They also advertise low rates for long distance rentals.


  • Google 4.4/5

The Google rating is about the branch in Kitchener and is based on 47 reviews.

There are two Jamieson’s locations. One in Kitchener and one in Woodstock. 

Visit Jaimeson to find more information.
Telephone Number: 519-578-0760

Inclusions and Exclusions

For inclusions and exclusions, it is necessary to call the company and speak to them directly.


  • Well-established company
  • Excellent reviews
  • Lots of truck options
  • Local business
  • Great website


  • Requires calling them for quotations

Universal Truck Rental,

Helping you move, wherever you go.

Universal is a Canadian-owned company that is U-Haul’s only coast-to-coast competitor.


They offer cargo vans and 16’-26’ cube trucks.

Rental Price

  • 16’ truck from $29.95/day


  • 6 review to be relevant.

There are hundreds of locations across the North American continent. There is one location in Kitchener.

Visit Universal to find your nearest location.
Telephone Number: 866-518-0150

Inclusions and Exclusions

The quoted price has a lot of additional extras to add on top. Firstly, there is a non-deductible Damage Loss Waiver of $20/day. There is also 13% HST added and a charge of $0.69/km. Trucks must be returned with a full tank of fuel. If Universal can add more than 5 liters of fuel to a tank then there is an admin charge of $50 plus the cost of the additional fuel.


  • Low prices
  • Good locations


  • Extremely poor reviews
  • Annoying ‘talking’ website

Kelly’s Rent a Car,

A great selection of cars and trucks.

In operation since 1975, Kelly’s has been serving the Cambridge community for over 40 years. It is independently owned and operated.


Kelly’s has a 12’ cargo van, a 16’ cube van and a 24’ straight truck available for hire.

Rental Price

Up-to-date prices are available by calling Kelly’s directly.


  • Google: 4.8
  • Facebook: 5/5

Google’s rating is based on 14 reviews and Facebook is based on 5 ratings.

Kelly’s has 2 locations, one in Guelph and one in Cambridge.

Visit Kelly’s for more information.
Telephone: 519-650-2608

Inclusions and Exclusions

Kelly’s website says that rental is charged at an hourly rate but that mileage, insurance, and taxes are not included in the quotation price. There may also be additional fees.


  • Well-established company
  • Local company
  • Good reviews on 2 sites


  • No pricing information on their website.

Ryder Truck Rental,

Affordable quality trucks you can rely on.

Ryder is a popular truck rental company with an excellent reputation. It’s been in operation a very long time so you know it has a business model that works and that they care about their customers.


With Ryder, you can rent a cube van (16’-18’), a straight truck (20’ to 26’) and lots of other vehicles. 

Rental Price

  • Panel truck $250.00/day
  • Panel truck from $1250.00/week
  • City van from $375.00/day
  • City van from $1875/week


  • Google: 4.5

Google’s rating is based on 28 reviews.

Ryder have 800 locations and there is one in Kitchener.

The Ryder website has lots of information.
Telephone: 519-748-4767

Inclusions and Exclusions

Ryder are different in their price calculations. The above quotations are for one calendar day. If you pick up and drop off at 10am on subsequent days, for example, you are charged double this rate. On top of this, each kilometer is charged at $0.99. With Ryder, you also have to choose damage cover (minimum $17) and liability cover (minimum $16). For our example research quote, the City Van would cost us $848.00 (before any mileage was counted) – this is because the liability cover and damage cover are also charged as 2 days’ worth.


  • Well-known company
  • Lots of locations
  • Excellent rating


  • Slow website
  • Bookings are over calendar days not 24-hour periods so everything was much more expensive

Carter Car and Truck Rentals,

A larger but still local truck rental business.

Carter Car and Truck Rentals have over 40 years’ experience and have 7 convenient locations across the country.


The Carter website has a list of its fleet. As well as cars, they offer pick-up trucks, cargo vans, cube vans, 18′ trucks, 24′ box trucks, and 24′ flatbed trucks.

Rental Price

As of yet, Carter don’t offer online reservations so we were unable to find any prices for trucks online. The company state that their rates are low. Their website also says that online reservations will be available soon.


  • Google: 4.5/5

The Google rating is based on 4 reviews. 

There are 7 Carter locations, one of which is in Cambridge.

Carter’s website has a great range of information. 
Telephone Number: 519-650-3242

Inclusions and Exclusions

We were unable to get information of what is and isn’t included in Carter’s prices. However, their website states that there is a late fee of $60 per hour for trucks, so make sure you get back on time!


  • Local company
  • Website has lots of information


  • No pricing information on the website


So, there you have it – 5 alternative truck rental companies to U-Haul. We’ve tried to give you a mixture of local and well-known national companies. Whichever you decide to go with, we hope you have a great experience.

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