The Ultimate Checklist for Renting a Truck

There are times when the average family car simply won’t cut it. If you are moving house and need to tow a heavy-duty trailer, or if you are merely helping out a friend move his brand new chaise long from the store to his home, there are times when you need something with a little more grunt. This is where a vehicle like a truck comes in particularly handy. However, if you’re fixing to rent one, you need to be aware of a few factors to ensure your rental goes smoothly and you avoid any unnecessary headaches. 

Make Sure You Have The Necessary License And Identification

Depending on the size of the truck you plan on renting, you might need a specialist license to operate it legally. For instance, some larger trucks will require you to hold a commercial driver’s license if you plan on driving it on the road, which, let’s be honest, is precisely what you probably plan to do. Fortunately, it’s more common to find non cdl trucks on the lot than larger models that require the rigmarole of attaining the correct commercial license.

Nonetheless, regardless of size, model, or whatever else, you will still need to hold a valid driver’s license that is up to date before any rental employee will let you get anywhere near their vehicles. Furthermore, you may need additional documentation, such as an ID or passport, in order to get insurance and for the company to hold you accountable if you damage the truck.

Check The Truck’s Condition And Take Photos Of It Before You Drive Off

You should never leave the lot without documenting the current condition of the car you are renting. No matter how much you trust the company, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure the truck returns in the same condition as when you took it out, and photos and video are the only surefire ways to ensure this.

Fortunately, all you need is a smartphone (which, let’s face it, you will have), along with a staff member who can go around the car with you to make sure it’s all legit.

Get The Necessary Insurance Coverage

Most folks will opt for the lowest coverage possible in order to save a few bucks, but you really don’t want to be like most folks. If something goes wrong, you could be on the hook for a hefty chunk of change that will almost certainly ruin your day. Instead, bite the bullet and take out a comprehensive policy that covers all eventualities.

Check For Fuel Costs And Mileage Limits

Not all rental companies ascribe mileage or fuel quotas to their rentals, but most will. So please do yourself a favor and ask questions when discussing terms with their staff. Leave no stone unturned because going over said quotas, even by minute amounts, could cost you dearly, and all because you chose not to read the fine print.

In reality, renting a truck is a pretty similar process to how you might go about renting any other non-commercial vehicle. Aside from having an ID and a current license, you should make an effort to read the fine print and document any defects already on the truck before heading out.