Truck-Sharing - How it works
*Update: Things have changed.
Before Covid, Online Shopping was already huge. And now it is huge x 1000. Deep-pocketed Amazon and Fed-Ex are renting more than half America's rental trucks, especially the 26' trucks. Unlike before, Bigger trucks are now double or triple the price of the 16' trucks, rendering TruckSharing pointless. I will be happy to try and write a cost-effective proposal, but given the rental truck companies' greed and price gouging added to the added complexity of truck-sharing, it is forcing UniMove to evolve to survive. I'm leaving the original text up in case the market returns to the way it was for years pre-Covid.
UniMove is proud to offer customers the money-saving TruckSharing program. Not to be confused with U-Haul's "Truck-Sharing" which is not sharing at all.
Instead of two clients paying for two small trucks, UniMove "partners" people, and we use ONE 26' truck (and maybe trailer); Clients save 20-40% by sharing ALL costs: Truck, Fuel, Driving Service hours, return airfare, per diem, etc.
It's a "Win, Win, Win" for everyone...(except the truck rental companies).
As with everything in life, there are things to consider:
Truck Sharing does not work for X-Large moves. If you need a 26' truck pulling a trailer, there is no room for anyone else.
Availability and price are affected by when and where you are moving. If you're headed to Alaska, we probably won't find you a TruckShare partner this week.
Scheduling gets complicated. Several more things need to align for a job to go smoothly. If you are wanting to TruckShare, FLEXIBILITY is paramount.
There is the common problem of under-estimating how much stuff you have. 60% of clients have underestimated. Some are significantly off. You MUST stay within your reserved space, and NOT encroach on the other customer's reserved space.
UniMove requires customers to complete this online Truck Wizard tool which determines how many cubic feet you need. The tool takes you room-by-room, you click on what you have, and in 5-10 minutes it tells you what size truck you would need. From that, I know how many linear feet of truck you need. (26' long x 8' wide x 8.5' high = 1768 cubic ft). Most 2 Bedroom Apartments easily fit into 13 linear feet (or Half) of this.
Have realistic expectations. I like a "75% Off Sale" more than most people. But Movers don't have the problem of overstock on last year's fashions, and are never so desperate they'll work for less than minimum wage. If all your other quotes are $3000-$5000, please don't have me spend an hour writing a proposal for you, and then say, "My budget is $1000." It's just not realistic.
UniMove builds a plywood partition wall after the first customer is loaded: there is ZERO chance of either customer's items getting off-loaded in the wrong city.
There is still too much information to write here. Give us a call and we will explain several other ways UniMove makes TruckSharing a money-saving option for everyone.