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    Default Seeking advice - hiring a ute (Melbourne)

    I need to draw on the (Melbourne component) of the AF wisdom please. Next weekend I need to hire a ute to move furniture down to the Mornington Peninsula. I guess Iíll do about 300 km all up.

    Will need the ute for one day.

    Anyone have experience, advice as to where to get the best deal on hiring a ute? Iím in Hawthorn so preferably a pick up location not too far from here.

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    Thanks in advance.

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    You might have more success hiring a 1 tonne tray. (These are euphemistically called "utes" in Southern Queensland.)
    Try Budget Richmond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    You might have more success hiring a 1 tonne tray. (These are euphemistically called "utes" in Southern Queensland.)
    Try Budget Richmond.
    Rentabomb - cheap new and used car hire in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise and Cairns since 1979 > Vehicles > Commercial vehicles

    They have hiluxes for hire.

    I've used them for commercial vehicle hire.

    You could explore this mob:Rates

    But would need to investigate the distance charges. I believe they have a branch in Burwood Rd, Hawthorn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    You might have more success hiring a 1 tonne tray. (These are euphemistically called "utes" in Southern Queensland.)
    Try Budget Richmond.

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    Bunnings ute rental.

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    Thanks all for the suggestions so far. All have been useful. In summary:

    Bunnings/Handy seems to be the best option - for both rate and location.
    Rent-a-Bomb have a better day rate but apply a use zone restriction of 50 km radius from the CBD so will not allow for my round trip to Mornington Peninsula :-(
    Budget has a good hire rate but charges more per km (over 100km) than does Bunnings/Handy.

    Still open to any more suggestions/advice :-)

    Ian.
    Last edited by IWS; 22nd February 2014 at 09:59 AM. Reason: Updating details - per km rates

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    The Hiluxes etc have GPS and charge per km once you get over the preset limit. Costs a fortune (I know).

    Best bet would be to hire a trailer and tow it with your vehicle. Or better still, someone elses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    The Hiluxes etc have GPS and charge per km once you get over the preset limit. Costs a fortune (I know).

    Best bet would be to hire a trailer and tow it with your vehicle. Or better still, someone elses...

    Dave
    Yes, I know about the per-km rate over 100km. Just have to wear that. My car does not sport a towbar - otherwise I would be hiring a trailer as you suggest...

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    I suggest using a small, local, independent crowd. You will be dealing with the owner, who can make up the rules as they go along to suit your needs. Including negotiating down the per-km charges. You can't do that with a national crowd, even if franchised, because the systems are too rigid. And watch for crowds with a local phone number who aren't really local.

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    How much furniture? Your going to be amazed at how little you fit into a ute. I'd suggest hiring a truck designed for the purpose if you have any decent amount to shift (sure it may cost more, but it'll be cheaper than making 3 trips in a ute for that sort of distance). I'd suggest the biggest truck you can drive with a standard car license.

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