Whether you need to transport products, relocate your whole business, or make a last-minute delivery, a rental truck can get the job done. Truck rental companies offer both short-term and long-term rentals for small business, depending on your needs. When selecting a rental company, find out about:
- A collision damage waiver
- Personal accident insurance
- Supplemental liability protection
- Personal effects protection
Go with business truck renting specialistsEven if you only rent a truck once a year, you need a reliable, safe vehicle from a trustworthy company that rents for business purposes.
Look for regular-rental rewardsIf you need rental trucks on regular basis, use a company that offers savings on frequent business rentals and other perks.
Think about leasingIf your trucking needs are extensive, leasing might be an attractive solution. Whether you need a single truck, commercial trucks or a fleet of vehicles, truck leasing, commercial truck leasing and fleet leasing solutions may be the right choice for your business.
Find the right specialty truck for your needsSometimes, a standard truck isn't enough to get the job done. Look for companies that rent "specialty trucks" -- bucket trucks, material handlers, digger-derricks or cable placing units.
Consider a truck-rental alternativeSome companies allow you to rent space in a truck or trailer (as opposed to renting the entire vehicle), and then the rental company's driver does the driving. This way, you only pay for the space you use, and save money, plus your own employee's time/expenses of lodging/gas/rest stops.
- Take a deduction: If you use your personal truck in your business, you may be able to deduct the costs of operation and maintenance.
- Save money: Rent from a company that charges on an "unlimited mileage", flat-fee basis. Extra miles can add up very quickly, and so can the seemingly cheap add-on mileage fees!
- Consider the rental time: If you will need the vehicle for a lengthy, pre-determined amount of time, consider leasing the vehicle, instead of renting it.
- Plan with foresight: Ask about the rental company's policy for bad weather and breakdowns.
- Remember: The speed limit for trucks in most places is on average 10 miles an hour lower than for passenger cars.
- Once you find a good company, keep their info on hand for those times when your own fleet can't handle your deliveries – say, around the holidays – or other truck needs arise.