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The top 10 truck rental options in Toronto

truck rental torontoTruck rental options in Toronto offer hot wheels and hot deals for the big moving day. If you are like me, you beg a friend with a mini-van, or rent a cargo. These, and many other rental companies offer cargo vans, which are good for a move, but what about grandma's antique wardrobe, and the king-size box spring you though was a steal at Leon's, but now is proving a real pain to squeeze in?

An open-back pickup may be the answer. If it calls for rain, you might want to book a 16' truck and really cover your bases. Moving can be really stressful, so let this list help take some of the pressure off.

Here's my list, in no particular order, of the top truck rental options in Toronto.


There is a reason U-Haul is synonymous with moving, they've got the biggest fleet of trucks in various sizes from a pick-up truck to a 26' straight trucks, and the best prices too. Pick-ups start at $19.95, plus $0.49/kilometer, while a 24' straight truck 9 big enough to move a 3-4 bedroom home) is $39.95 a day, plus $0.69/kilometer.


Budget has lots of truck deals. The base rate for a 16' cube truck is $49.99 and you get 100 free kilometers, which maks it perfect for inter city moving, you have the comfort of a flat rate, no surprises. After 100 kilometers though, the price spikes to $16 per kilometer, so calculate the mileage ahead of the move to make sure you're under 100k.


Enterprise has always been the go-to car rental place for film production and now I know why- the base rate may be higher than other places, but they offer unlimited or low prices kilometers. For trucks it is the same, a pick-up is $65.99 a day, unlimited, while a 16' cube truck is $99 a day, 100 free kilometers, then only $0.20 every additional kilometer.


Discount is about on par with Enterprise, $99.99 a day for a 16' Cube truck, with 100 free kilometers, and $0.22 for every additional. A collision damage waiver is required for that size vehicle (I mean come one, do you really know how to park that thing?) with adds another $25.99 onto your bill. They also don't have much in the way of pick-ups, for those afraid to handle the big rig.


Bristol may not be the first truck rental company that comes to mind when you're about to rent but maybe you should change that. They've got great rates. A heavy-duty pick-up truck is $89.99 a day with a 100 free kilometers, and additional kilometers are just $0.15 each. Best part a 16' foot truck starts at the same price, just $89.99, but you get 50 free kilometers instead of 100, and extra distance costs $0.20 a kilometer. Oh, and the downtown locations don't have trucks so you'll have to hit the outer boroughs.


Penske may be more expensive, but they have a big fleet of trucks, which means they might still have some available on those big move weekends when you've run out of other options. A 16' cube truck starts at $107.99, and every kilometer is $0.39. They also have earlier pick-up and drop-off times, which makes it convenient for those who want to move before the morning traffic.


Ryder has a great fleet of trucks, from parcel to city vans and pickups. A 16' truck runs you $119 per day, with each kilometer $0.29. The nice thing is they also offer weekly rates ($595.00 for a 16') if you happen to doing a couple of trips, distance moves or splits or something. A pick-up costs $59 a day, with $0.23 per km for mileage. Not bad!

Decent car and Truck Rentals

Decent Car and Truck Rentals have some sweet deals, especially for those quick inter-city movers. They break down pricing by distance AND time, giving you plenty of options. You can get a 16' truck for $24.99, plus $0.70 per kilometer for up to 6 hours, while the day rate is $59.99 and includes 100 km and $0.25 for additional kilometers, or $99.99 a day for 200 kilometers and $0.20 for each additional km. Plan your trip and find out the most suitable, and cheapest rate for your needs. They also have pick-ups with the same sliding scale.

Advance Car Rentals

Advance Car Rentals may only have locations at the Toronto Airport, in Mississauga or Brampton, and may also only have pick-up trucks, but the price is right, and for some, a great fit for their needs. Their pick-ups run $69.99 a day, with 200 kilometers free mileage, and additional kilometers are only $0.19 each. In a pinch, Advance will do.

Zip Car

Last but not least, there is Zip car, the alternative to traditional rental companies. You must join Zip Car first and all start with $30 application fee and then choose the plan rates that work for your intended usage. Zip works for people who are planning on driving in the city some time in the near future. They have some pick-up trucks to borrow with day rates around $79 or between $9.25-8.33 an hour, so if you know how long it's going to take it can be dead cheap, plus you can borrow a car again for Ikea trips once you've set up.

Add your truck rental suggestions to the comments.

by Erinn Beth Langille via blogTO

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