how does U-Haul work across U.S.? Do they fly the U-Haul back? Does someone drive it back (California - North Carolina)?
- DEBSLv 76 months ago
Sometimes it gets driven back Sometimes it stays in the other area for awhile. It messes up their inventory, and, if driven back, they have to pay someone. That's why it's so much more expensive for a one-way trip. These days, trips out of CA are much more expensive into CA because so many more people are leaving than going to CA.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Generally, they stay where you drop them off.
Unless a certain store gets too many of one type, then they might move them around. As mentioned, it's usually pretty balanced. For every person moving out of a city, there's someone moving in.
I know a guy who rents the trucks. There's two main stores in the town and 10 authorized renters like him. He tries to keep mainly small trucks and vans as he's near a college campus. Most of his rentals are in town. If too many of something piles up, one of the main stores comes and gets them.
- MSLv 76 months ago
You drop it off at a U-Haul facility at your destination. You have to arrange the specific location ahead of time. Those vehicles are constantly being moved all around the country, and are usually only returned to the original rental location if they were rented for local use (such as to move belongings between houses in the same area).
- NancyLv 66 months ago
There's a certain balance because people are moving everywhere, so one person rents a truck from Michigan to California, then someone else rents a truck from California to Minnesota, and then someone else rents a truck from Minnesota to Michigan. Because of all that, it stays pretty equal. That's why the U-Haul trucks you see are hardly ever from the state you see them driving in.
Now, if there is a big wave of people moving into an area, much more than moving out, U-Haul does have to do some redistributing of trucks, but it's not on airplanes. Are you crazy? Do you have any idea what that would cost? It's on freight trains.
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- Donnie PorkoLv 76 months ago
It just stays in North Carolina until someone needs it and it gets dropped off wherever the next person is going. If the next person is going to New York then that’s where the truck will end up.
Kind of a waste of money to have someone drive the truck from North Carolina back to California. Just let the truck go where the driver goes.