Car Tow Dolly Rentals: Which Rental Places Offer Them and More

How much weight can a tow dolly support? How do you transport front-wheel drive vehicles on a tow dolly? What about rear-wheel drive vehicles? Where do you go to rent a tow dolly? We have the answers to what you need to know about finding, renting, and using a tow dolly.

Situations Warranting Tow Dollies

People need a car dolly when they are moving or simply need to move a car from point A to point B. The car dolly allows you to haul your car from one location to another, instead of having to worry about how you’re going to relocate your car. Tow dollies are cheaper than trailers and professional transporters. If your car is compatible with the tow dolly, then that’s the best way for you to re-locate your car at a cheaper price.

Important Things to Know

  • Hauling a rear-wheel drive vehicle: If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, you must disconnect the drive shaft to prevent transmission damage. Putting the car into neutral is not enough! You must disconnect the drive shaft at the rear axle and then secure it. Some people remove the drive shaft altogether. If you decide to do this, be sure to cap the transmission tail shaft so you don’t lose any fluid. Many dolly rental places will do this for you for an extra fee.
  • Securing the vehicle during transport: You can secure your car to the dolly with the use of chains or straps to ensure that your vehicle does not roll away during the hauling. Each company that you get a car dolly from has their own type of security system to keep your car safety attached to the car dolly. Be sure to ask the employee to ensure your car will be safety attached during the transportation.
  • Opting for a car carrier/trailer instead of a car dolly: In some cases, a car carrier will be the superior choice. A car carrier supports the entire vehicle, lifting it completely off of the ground unlike the car dolly. If your car is a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, or if you have a vehicle that has a low front end or air dams, then you will need to rent a car carrier because a car dolly will not work with your vehicle. When renting a car dolly, be sure to ask the employee whether your car works well with a car dolly or if you should opt for a car carrier instead. Of course you can always disconnect the driveshaft so two wheels will turn freely but that will likely be more hassle than it’s worth.
  • Understanding that prices will vary: We would like to provide you with an estimate on your car dolly, but the truth is that each rental is tailored to your individual needs. This means that each car dolly rental is unique and will cost different amounts depending on size and kind of vehicle being towed, locations you will be traveling to and from, and how long you will need to use the car dolly. Keeping all of these factors in mind, the company will give you a quote that is tailored for your own unique trip and use.
  • Keeping in mind that you may also need to rent a truck: Some companies may allow you to rent a car dolly for use with your personal vehicle; in other cases, you may be required to use the car dolly only with one of their truck rentals.

Where To Rent a Car Tow Dolly

U-Haul

  • Car Dolly Features:
    Ratchet-operated tire straps
    Vehicle security straps
  • Weight Limits:
    Max Load: 3,450 lbs. when towing a front-wheel drive vehicle, 3,900 lbs. when towing a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
    Empty weight: 750 lbs.
  • Age Requirement to Rent:
    You have to be at least 18 years old to rent
  • Other Requirements to Rent:
    Must provide at least two forms of identification
    Accepted forms of identification includes:
    Driver’s license
    State-issued ID
    Passport
    Social Security card
    Vehicle registration
    Phone bill
    Military ID
    Credit card
  • Deposit:
    No deposit is required if paying by major credit card, or debit card with a major credit card logo. If paying by cash, the following is due when you pick up your equipment.

    • In-Town trailer or towing: $60 or estimated rental charges (whichever is greater).
    • One-Way trailer or towing: $60 plus rental rate.
  • One-Way Rental:
    One-way rentals are available
  • Travel State-to-State:
    Yes
  • Travel Outside of The U.S.:
    Canada: Yes
    Mexico: Varies per rental location
  • Shop U-Haul Car Dollies
  • Watch the How To Use U-Haul Car Dolly video
  • See this article if you want U-Haul to price match a competitor and this article if you want a student discount.

Find this information and more on the U-Haul website.

Penske

  • Car Dolly Features:
    3 point tie-down system
  • Weight Limit:
    4,300 lbs
  • Age Requirement to Rent:
    You have to be at least 18 years old to rent
  • Other Requirements to Rent:
    Must provide at least two forms of identification
    Accepted forms of identification includes:
    Driver’s license
    State-issued ID
    Passport
    Social Security card
    Vehicle registration
    Phone bill
    Military ID
    Credit card
  • Deposit:
    One-way reservations – No deposit is required if you reserve online and pay with a credit card. If you reserve with a credit card but decide to pay in cash or with a check, a $100 deposit will be required when you pick up the truck.
    Round-trip (local) rentals – A $150 deposit is required when pay with a credit card and a $200 deposit when you pay in cash.
  • One-Way Rental:
    One-way rentals are available
  • Travel State-to-State:
    Yes
  • Travel Outside of The U.S.:
    Canada: Yes
    Mexico: Varies per rental location
  • Shop Penske Car Dollies
  • Watch the How To Use Penske Car Dolly video

Find the above information and more on the Penske website.

Budget

  • Car Dolly Features:
    Vehicle security straps
  • Weight Limit:
    4,300 lbs, but ‘can vary per rental’
  • Age Requirement to Rent:
    You have to be at least 18 years old to rent
  • Other Requirements to Rent:
    Car dollies and tow dollies must be rented with a Budget Truck reservation and cannot be rented separately.
    You must provide at least two forms of identification
    Accepted forms of identification includes:
    Credit or debit card.
    Valid U.S. passport or current U.S. military identification card.
    Current employer-issued photo identification.
    Social Security card.
    Current copy (within the last 60 days) of the customer’s cellular phone bill, home telephone bill, bank statement or utility bill.
    Paycheck or paystub.
    State-issued ID card
  • Deposit:
    At the time of a U.S. rental, Budget Truck generally requires a credit card hold of $150 for local truck rentals. For one-way truck rentals, we require a credit card hold of $150 and the estimated cost of the rental.
  • One-Way Rental:
    One-way rentals are available
  • Travel State-to-State:
    Yes
  • Travel Outside of The U.S.:
    Canada: Yes
    Mexico: Varies per rental location
  • Shop Budget Car Dollies
  • Watch the How To Use Budget Car Dolly video

Find the above information and more on the Budget website.

CCM Rental in Chesterland, Cleveland, Mentor, and Middlefield Ohio

  • Car Dolly Features:
    Vehicle security straps
  • Weight Limit:
    4,300 lbs
  • Age Requirement to Rent:
    You have to be at least 18 years old to rent
  • Other Requirements to Rent:
    Varies per rental location
  • Deposit:
    No deposit required
  • One-Way Rental:
    One-way rentals are not available
  • Travel State-to-State:
    Yes
  • Travel Outside of The U.S.:
    Canada: No
    Mexico: No

Find the above information and more on the CCM Rental website.

Places That Don’t Have Car Tow Dolly Rentals

Enterprise

Ryder

Hertz

In Summary

Knowing where you can get a car dolly is important information. We invite you to use this list of places when you’re moving or simply need to relocate a car at a far cheaper price than by renting a full-length trailer. If you are also in need of a moving truck, check out our article on Long Distance Truck Rentals. Or, if a trailer is a bit too expensive or cumbersome for you, be sure to read our roundup of which places rent out car trailers. Or if you want to buy a trailer, here’s who finances trailers. And a top tip: rental companies don’t have a problem with mix and matching a trailer from one company and a truck from another. So, figure out the logistics and the cheapest price for you (by using these two articles, of course) and you’re good to go.

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11 comments

  • Very useful article, thank you.

    FYI I just talked to Penske in CT and they also no longer rent the dolly without a truck. I could not tell you if this is national but I can say their website doesn’t seem to allow it either.

    The Penske guy however recommended I try Sunbelt Rentals. Sunbelt is closed right now but their website had pretty reasonable rates.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Marc,

      You’re right! Some locations will require you to rent one of their trucks to use with the dolly. We have included this information in the article. Thank you!

  • Robert M. says:

    U-Haul will NOT rent a dolly to anyone who intends to tow, using a Ford Explorer, regardless of the model year. Period. No exceptions.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for this information. We will verify this with U-Haul and update the article as necessary.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Richie,

      You’re right! We checked with Budget and found that car carriers and tow dollies must be rented with a Budget Truck reservation and cannot be rented separately. Thanks for this valuable information. We have updated the article to reflect this.

  • Thomas G Woline says:

    Excuse me but it doesn’t matter oif the car front wheel drive or rear wheel drive what’s important is that you put the wheels that turn on the dolly if it’s rear wheel drive then you put the vehicle in neutral

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Thomas,

      You’re right! We’ve updated the article to include the most accurate information on hauling rear-wheel drive vehicles. We appreciate the feedback!

  • Terry McGinnis says:

    Sounds like you’re better off to buy oneand resell it than to half buy one renting it. These rental companies are theives who will charge you an extra day if you re one minute late.Car dolly isn’t worth halfbas much as a trailer so why does it cost twice as much to rent? because they have you bent over because you have no other options when moving a vehicle.

  • Glen Ferguson Jr says:

    Looking to rent a toe-dolly on Dec. 19 to take a car from Westford, NY to Picayune Ms. What is the cost for the
    dolly.

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Glen,

      I looked up a tow dolly rental from U-Haul for December 19th and found a rate of $342 for 5 days of use. You can check the rental rates using your own vehicle specifications on the U-Haul website. If you’d like to receive additional quotes, you can visit the websites for the other companies provided in the article. I hope this helps!