Best 5 Moving Truck Rental Alternatives to U-Haul in Vancouver

Need to rent a truck in Vancouver? Want to find an alternative to U-Haul? Read on to learn about five alternative truck rental companies to U-Haul in the Vancouver area. Our recommendations will show you a range of moving trucks in your area that are at an affordable price.

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1. Universal Truck Rental

Universal is U-Haul’s largest competitor and they offer coast to coast rentals across Canada.

Offering

Universal offers 16’ trucks and 24’ trucks.

Rental Price

  • Small truck from $29.95/day
  • Large truck from $39.95/day

Reviews

  • Google 2.5/5

The Google rating is based on 2 reviews only – one is a 4* review, the other is a 1* review. The management has responded to the negative review so it’s evident that they care about their customers.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Prices don’t include mileage – both options above have an added $0.69 per km – but this is clearly shown on the quoted price. Prices also don’t include provincial tax or GST. The small truck ended up being quoted at around $55 per day including all taxes, a waiver but no mileage. All trucks have 24h roadside assistance included as well as GPS tracking.

Pros:

  • Well-known company
  • Lots of locations

Cons:

  • For Vancouver, it seems there are only 2 size trucks to hire.
  • Website not user-friendly.

There are lots of Universal locations nationally and they offer one-way rentals, so they’re a good company to go for if you’re moving long-distance. The closest location to Vancouver is nearby Burnaby.

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

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2. Lo-Cost Rent-a-car

This company is a local rental company that serves the community in West Vancouver, North Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay. Lo-Cost Rent-a-Car mainly rents out cars but they do have an offering of vans and small trucks in their fleet.

Offering

This company mainly supply cars but they do offer pick-up trucks, cargo vans, 1-tonne trucks, and rate-based cargo vans.

Rental Price

For prices of their van and truck rentals, you need to call the office. The price of their car rental is very competitive, however, so you should expect a great deal.

Reviews

  • Google: 4.2/5

Google’s rating is based on 53 reviews for the Vancouver branch.

Inclusions and Exclusions

The quoted price does not include Damage Waivers and personal accident cover. Lo-Cost offers a variety of Collison Damage Waivers and Liability Insurances for a fee. Deductibles vary with each rental.

Pros:

  • Good reviews
  • Affordable prices
  • Local company

Cons:

  • No damage waivers included

As this is a local company, there is only one branch.

Visit Lo-Cost to find your nearest location.
Telephone number: 604-986-1266

3. Discount Truck Rental

Discount Truck Rental advertises low prices on one-day rentals with unlimited kilometers. They were first established in 1980 and are proud to be a Canadian-owned company. They now have over 300 locations nationwide!

Offering

Discount Rental offers everything from half-ton pickup trucks right through to 26’ trucks! You need to explore the different branches in order to see what fleet they have at your required time and date.

Rental Price

  • ½ ton pick-up truck from $98.28/day
  • 16ft cube truck from $87.08/day

Reviews

  • Google: 2.2/5
  • Yelp 1.5/5

The Google rating is based on 24 Google Reviews and is about the branch located at St George Street. The Yelp review is based on the Richmond branch.

Inclusions and Exclusions

50km included. Collision Damage Waivers are usually included with Discount’s rentals although fuel is not.

Pros:

  • Over 300 locations nationwide
  • Canadian company
  • One-way rentals
  • Wide-range of vehicles

Cons:

  • Hard to find availability for truck rentals online
  • Poor ratings

Discount Truck Rental has over 300 locations nationwide, including 3 in Vancouver, with a further 2 in nearby Burnaby and Surrey.

Visit Discount to find your nearest location. 
Telephone: 604-325-3399

4. DYSCO Services

DYSCO is a small privately owned and run business within Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. They offer a wide range of services both to corporate renters and private renters. They also offer moving services as well as truck rental.

Offering

DYSCO has a wide offering from ¾-ton cargo van rentals to 5-ton trucks.

Rental Price

You are unable to see prices online and need to fill in a contact form or telephone DYSCO direct. Reviews suggest, however, that DYSCO has very competitive prices.

Reviews

  • Google: 3.8/5

Google’s rating is based on 40 reviews.

Inclusions and Exclusions

The DYSCO website states that prices only include the rental rates and that insurance, km rate and fuel etc. are an additional charge.

Pros:

  • Local company
  • Lots of different trucks
  • Website is clear and easy to read

Cons:

  • Pricing is not on the website

DYSCO is based in Vancouver and covers all areas of the Lower Mainland. They have a branch in Vancouver and one in nearby Burnaby.

Visit the DYSCO Services website for more information.
Telephone: 604-694-7772

5. Penske Truck Rental

Since 1969, Penske has been helping thousands of Canadians move home every year. They’re nothing but experienced.

Offering

For moving home, Penske has high-roof cargo vans as well as a variety of cube trucks in 12’, 16’, 22’ and 26’ sizes.

Rental Price

  • 16’ cube truck from $99.99/day (before any discount codes are applied)

The quotation above would also need to add $0.39/km driven. There’s also an environmental fee and a licensing fee to pay. CAA members receive a 12% discount on truck rental.

Reviews

  • Google: 4/5

Google’s rating is based on 36 reviews.

Inclusions and Exclusions

The quote above also usually includes 24-hour roadside assistance. There are no extra charges on the return of the truck as long as it is in the same condition with the same fuel level as when it was rented as well as being on time. You would need to pay a security deposit and taxes too.

Pros:

  • A great price
  • Great website to navigate
  • A good range of different trucks that are among the newest in the industry.
  • 24-hour roadside assistance
  • Discount codes are visible on the website

Cons:

  • Unclear pricing with stating there are no hidden fees for extra mileage but there seems to be on the quote.

Penske has a branch in Vancouver. There is also one location in Burnaby, which is very close to Vancouver.

Visit Penske to find your nearest location.
Telephone number: 604-294-1251

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