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Old Yesterday, 05:21 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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A Penske truck rental from Chicago to Dallas is $2000. The same truck rental on the same date from Dallas to Chicago is $550. Why is there such a huge difference when the dates and distance are the same?


Has anyone ever gamed the system and got a truck from a different city or returned to a different city to save some money?


EDIT: Just found a truck from St Louis to Dallas for $955. I can just take the Amtrak 5hr to St Louis and drive the truck back to Chicago and load up my stuff to save $1000. Seems like a no brainer.
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Old Yesterday, 05:51 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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A Penske truck rental from Chicago to Dallas is $2000. The same truck rental on the same date from Dallas to Chicago is $550. Why is there such a huge difference when the dates and distance are the same?


Has anyone ever gamed the system and got a truck from a different city or returned to a different city to save some money?


EDIT: Just found a truck from St Louis to Dallas for $955. I can just take the Amtrak 5hr to St Louis and drive the truck back to Chicago and load up my stuff to save $1000. Seems like a no brainer.
One reason for the difference in rates could be because fewer people want to move TO Chicago and more people want to move AWAY from Chicago. More of their trucks end up leaving. They have to pay someone to re-balance or replenish the fleet. They're passing that cost of business on to you.

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Old Yesterday, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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One reason for the difference in rates could be because fewer people want to move TO Chicago and more people want to move AWAY from Chicago. More of their trucks end up leaving. They have to pay someone to re-balance or replenish the fleet. They're passing that cost of business on to you.
This is how it was explained to me by a Penske person. Higher rates if they have too many vehicles at the destination, lower rates if they need vehicles to go there.

Sounds like OP did find a way to game the system a bit, but at the same time, Penske got the truck where it needed to go. Win/win.
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Old Yesterday, 10:16 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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One reason for the difference in rates could be because fewer people want to move TO Chicago and more people want to move AWAY from Chicago. More of their trucks end up leaving. They have to pay someone to re-balance or replenish the fleet. They're passing that cost of business on to you.

This makes total sense. Thanks!
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Old Today, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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Yes, it was cheaper for me to move west than to move west.
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Old Today, 01:13 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Yes, it was cheaper for me to move west than to move west.
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Old Today, 01:39 PM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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They are basically paying for you to drive it back to Chicago for the next run down to Dallas.

It is dirt cheap to rent from popular to unpopular and crazy the other way around.
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