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Penske Review

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Penske is one of the three big truck rental companies that offer local and one-way truck rentals. This truck rental service is available in the contiguous United States and six Canadian provinces. If you're planning a long-distance one-way move, Penske gives you nine days to complete the trip.

The bright yellow rental trucks in Penske's fleet are available in 12-feet, 16-feet, 22-feet and 26-feet lengths. If you need to tow your car, be sure to rent at least the 16-footer, because Penske does not allow towing with its smaller moving truck rental. It doesn't offer trailers for rent or allow you to tow your own trailer using its rental trucks.

You can go to Penske's website to start your quote. The online form takes information such as the date you plan to pick up a truck and where you plan to pick it up and drop it off. After you fill this form out, a Penske representative calls you with your quote. Alternatively, you can call Penske for the quote or ask questions via live chat.

Penske guarantees its reservations as long as you reserve your truck at least 48 hours before the pickup time. The truck rental company guarantees when and where you pick up your truck. Penske claims its trucks are the newest and best-maintained vehicles among U.S. truck rental companies, which would mean you're less likely to encounter issues.

You can pick up and drop off a Penske truck rental at more than 2,000 locations, including The Home Depot. The popular big-box hardware store partnered with Penske to rent trucks to its customers, which makes it even more convenient for you to rent a truck and drop off at a familiar store.

In addition to truck rentals, Penske offers a variety of services to help you with your move from start to finish. You can rent a tow dolly or car carrier to save money and time getting your vehicle to your new place. If you have a front-wheel-drive car, you can choose a tow dolly, which is less expensive. Otherwise, you need a car carrier, which is sturdier but also pricier.

You can prep for your move with Penske moving boxes. The company sells a packing kit that includes boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape. You can also buy tie-downs, locks and protective covers.

Getting a cheap truck rental is all about timing your move just right and finding coupons or discounts for a Penske truck rental. If you move on a weekend and during the summer, you're likely to pay more than if you plan a move during the week and almost anytime that isn't a summer month. The other busy time for Penske is during the winter holidays. Unlike other rental truck services, Penske does not offer price matching to ensure you get as low a rate as any you can find from its competitors.

If you have any truck trouble during your move, you can call a toll-free number for Penske's roadside assistance. The support team works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you'll get help when you need it.