Budget Rental Rip-off

Budget Truck Rental advertises an $18.99 per day rental price but don’t expect to actually pay that when your moving day is done. I recently rented a truck from the company and it cost me $78, not including $25 for a dolly and pads. I chose Budget because its archrival U-Haul had recently been the subject of an expose in the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-haul24jun24,1,6679268.story?ctrack=4&cset=true for its allegedly poor safety record. The Budget agent told me the $18.99 advertised rate did not include $1-a-mile in additional fees. Okay, it was only a two-mile move. He asked if I wanted insurance. Normally I decline this because my regular car insurance covers rentals, but I’d just been in a fender-bender and didn’t want to have to file any other claims. The insurance was another $20.

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