The 5 Best Markham Moving Truck Rental Alternatives to U-Haul

So, you’ve probably heard about the big truck rental company, U-Haul, right? Well, did you know that they are not your only option when it comes to renting a moving truck? Moving is already very stressful, so you don’t want the added stress of researching a truck rental company. Let us help you out with our Moving Truck Rental Alternatives to U-Haul in your area.

If you still have U-Haul in mind after reading about these alternatives, you can visit U-Haul’s website to book online or call 1-844-937-3001 for more information or to rent your U-Haul moving truck. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

MovingWaldo’s list of the 5 best moving truck rental companies in Markham

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Advantage Rentals


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• Starting at $54.52/day

Services offered

• Cars
• SUVs
• Full size pick up trucks
• 16ft trucks
• Cargo vans
• 20ft Hino trucks

Why Advantage Rentals is recommended by our expert

Advantage Rentals offer a service synonymous with the diversity of the Greater Toronto area. Given that Toronto is the largest of all Canadian cities, people are always on the move. They are ready to provide truck rentals for all your moving needs. They have been renting cars and trucks since 1984 with their motto “In the end… service wins”.

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431 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1T5

Budget Truck Rental


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• Starting at $98/24h

Services offered

Budget offers 12-foot cube trucks, 16-foot cube trucks, 20-foot cube trucks, 24-foot trucks cargo vans, and pick-ups of varying sizes.

Why Budget Truck Rental is recommended by our expert

Budget Truck Rental is famous for their great deals. They are always offering promotions, which is a big plus in the truck rental business. They pride themselves with clean and safe vehicles of all sizes.

Local office

7604 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 2N2

City Car and Truck Rental


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• Prices for trucks, cargo vans and pickup trucks are available on demand • SUV starting at $29.99/day

Services offered

City Car & Truck Rental offer trucks, cargo vans, pickup trucks, as well as cars. They have a large variety of offerings, ensuring that you will be able to find the right vehicle for the task you need to accomplish. If you’re moving, or simply moving a large item, they have many options for you to choose from.

Why City Car and Truck Rental is recommended by our expert

City Car & Truck Rental is a Canadian truck rental company based in Toronto. Their hundreds of positive reviews show how customer service is their priority. To make sure they offer you the best rental experience, they offer high-quality customer service and premium products.

Local office

445 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6P8

Bristol Truck Rental


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• Starting at $149.99/day for a Moving Truck

Services offered

They have a diverse fleet of vehicles up to a 24-foot straight truck. Some of their fleet include cargo vans, cube trucks between 16- and 18-foot, flatbeds in 20- and 24-foot models, and 20-24 foot Hino straight trucks. They also offer moving supplies as well as pick-up trucks and refrigerated trucks and vans.

Why Bristol Truck Rental is recommended by our expert

Bristol Truck Rental is 100% owned by Canadians for Canadians, providing rental trucks and services within the Greater Toronto Area. Bristol Car and Truck Rentals dates back over 25 years and for the last 25 of those, they have been owned by the Kesten Family.

Local office

79 Nassau St, Toronto, ON M5T 1M6

Discount Truck Rental


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• Starting at $32.51/day for a 16’ cube truck

Services offered

Discount offers all kinds of trucks for rent which include vans, trucks, pick-up trucks, and refrigerated trucks.

Why Discount Truck Rental is recommended by our expert

Discount prides themselves on their low-priced rentals that have no travel distance limitations. They are also proud to be Canadian-owned with over 300 branches nationwide. Established in 1980, they are definitely a company you can count on.

Local office

15 Laidlaw Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 2N6
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Frequently asked questions

  • What are the best commercial and business truck rental companies?

    Ryder and United Rentals are considered among the best commercial truck rental companies in North America.
    • Ryder: Established in 1955, Ryder has over 837 locations nationwide. No matter what kind of truck you need for your business operations, they are sure to have it. From sprinter vans and refrigerated box trucks to dry van and flatbed trailers, they can offer you several options to pick from.
    • United Rentals: Founded over 20 years ago, United Rentals has over 1000 locations in the United States. They have a large collection of world-class equipment and tools and a customer service team available 24/7 to assist you.
  • How much does it cost to rent a moving truck for one day?

    Average cost of renting a truck for a day varies between $20 to $35 for small local moves (one or two bedrooms) and $40 to $80 for mid-sized moves (two to three bedrooms). Cost per mile for both types of moves is approximately $1. It is advised that you should at least look at 4-5 moving truck rental companies, compare prices and services they offer, then decide upon the one that seems most satisfactory to you.
  • Should I hire movers or rent a moving truck?

    Depending on your budget, availability and physical abilities, hiring movers or renting a moving truck could be the better option for you.
    Moving Truck Rental  Moving Company 
    You drive the rental truck The professionals drive for you
    More affordable move Quicker move
    You have to unload and unpack your stuff yourself Lower chance of an accident to occur because of professional drivers
    Storage and packing supplies available at affordable prices Reduced flexibility in terms of making decisions
  • Can I drive a box truck with a regular license?

    Your regular license usually allows you to drive all 2-axle trucks weighing less than 4,500 kg. Companies that rent moving trucks have most of their trucks weighing under 4500 kg. Box trucks that can be rented with a regular driver’s license are often those less than 20 feet in height, as they are usually under 4500 kg. In most places, to drive a 3-axle truck regardless of the weight, as well as 2 axles over 4,500 kg, you must obtain a different type of driver’s license. Get in touch with your local transport regulator for more information.
  • What size moving truck do I need?

    Depending on the size of your home and the number of items to transport, the size of the moving truck you will need may vary. Typically a 12 foot moving truck = 450 cubic feet
    Home Size Truck Size
    Studio 10-12 ft.
    1-bed apartment 12-16 ft.
    2-bed apartment 16-22 ft.
    3-bed apartment 22-26 ft.
    2-bed house 16-18 ft.
    3-bed house 22 ft
    4-bed house 26 ft.
    5-bed house 28 ft.
  • Do I need a special permit to reserve a parking space for my moving truck?

    Special permits are often required to reserve a parking space for your moving truck in big cities. Of course, the cost of the permit depends largely on the size of the moving truck, as larger units will incur more in the way of permit fees.
    • Residents and or moving individuals within big cities are required to contact the boroughs of the areas where they are moving to inquire about the permits. Follow the provided instructions to apply for a temporary permit, valid on the day of your move.
    NOTE: Some moving companies take the initiative to acquire the permit on your behalf, and it is charged as a part of your moving bill with them. Check to see if they offer such services on behalf of clients. If not, you will have to apply for the permit yourself.
  • Will my credit card insurance cover my truck rental?

    It is very unlikely that your credit card insurance would cover your truck rental. This is usually the case because of the size and weight restrictions. Besides, it is considered rather important that you confirm the insurance policy with your credit card company just to be more certain. Most truck rental companies will offer insurance at an additional cost (starting at as little as $20).  However, if you are interested in getting moving truck insurance, collision damage waiver and supplemental liability insurance are regarded as safe bets. This is only possible if you have the option to choose your preferred type of insurance coverage because many moving truck rental agencies offer these insurance types in bundles. In that case, you will have to make a decision based on your needs.
  • What are 5 tips to drive a moving truck?

    • Always examine the truck to get an idea of how it works. Make sure that everything (headlights, breaks, lights, turn signals) works perfectly, tires are properly filled with air and the truck has enough gas.
    • Check if there is any damage to the exterior of your truck to avoid getting blamed for something you did not do.
    • Remember to release the emergency break before you set off on your journey.
    • Do not start off with high speed, rather build your speed gradually as you go.
    • Maintain a safe distance with the car that is in front of you while driving.
  • Can I move my apartment with a trailer instead of a moving truck?

    You can either use a moving truck or a trailer to move your apartment. Deciding between these two options depends upon several factors. If you have too many belongings, a moving truck will be more appropriate as it offers more floor space and you can easily stack your boxes on top of each other. But, if you are considering using a trailer, you will find it easier to load and unload your belongings since a trailer is closer to the ground. Cargo trailers and utility trailers are the most common types of moving trailers. Cargo trailers are fully enclosed whereas utility trailers are open and cannot be locked.
  • What do I need to know before I rent a trailer?

    Most important thing that you need to know is that there are different types of moving trailers. The common ones are cargo trailers and utility trailers. If you are looking for a more secure handling of your belongings, cargo trailers would be the more appropriate choice since they are enclosed and can be locked. You need to have a vehicle to pull your trailer. The vehicle should have a hitch system that can afford to pull a specific weight. Such hitch systems can be very expensive. Moreover, if the weather isn’t looking so good or you have expensive belongings, it is recommended that you choose a moving truck or a cargo van instead.

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Ann Nacario

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Meet Ann – our head writer with a knack for making moving and city living a breeze. From the many details of moving to picking the perfect moving company, she’s your guide. Ann has a friendly yet detailed approach to ensure your move goes off without a hitch. When she’s not writing about relocation, it will always be on her mind, but you’ll catch her spending time with her three furry friends.

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Introducing Matt, our expert relocation specialist at MovingWaldo. With over 6 years of experience in the moving industry, coupled with a Tariff Certification accredited by Atlas Van Lines, Matt plays a central role in our wealth of moving expertise. His business background brings a unique perspective, enriching our wealth of moving knowledge and taking our services to a new level.

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