Need cheap moving alternative in Brooklyn
February 26, 2010 9:30 AM   Subscribe

Moving truck rentals in Brooklyn area?

I live in Greenpoint in north Brooklyn and I have to move on Sunday. I’m moving within the neighborhood but it’s far enough away that I need a truck (I have a double mattress and box spring, dresser, boxes, smaller storage furniture). None of the Uhaul or Budget truck places within public transit convenience have anything available for Sunday. I had to wait last minute because I was not able to secure a room until yesterday, and I’m scared I might be screwed.

What are my CHEAPEST alternatives? I emphasize cheapest because I know I could try to hire movers with their own truck or get a van from a car rental company, but those are getting expensive for me (I was ok with the $30 I would’ve had to spend on a Uhaul, but I really don’t want to spend much more—I have very little money).

Two things:
I don’t have a friend with an available car, so that’s a no-go.
I HAVE to move Sunday, no earlier, no later.

Help?
posted by greta simone to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (7 answers total)
 
Email your friends and see if anyone has a Zipcar membership they'd be willing to let you borrow. If none of them do, email me (my email's in my profile).
posted by ocherdraco at 9:33 AM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've used C & C Rentals for a couple years now; they usually have last-minute availability in a small truck or cargo van, too. It's over the west side of Manhattan - 37th street, I think - so the picking up and returning isn't as convenient as you'd like, but it's just a few blocks from the A/C/E.
posted by minervous at 9:48 AM on February 26, 2010


CityMove is good for finding movers, I have used them several times.
posted by mlis at 10:07 AM on February 26, 2010


I should probably reemphasize the cheap factor in all of this. I was originally going to be able to keep it around $30. I really can't spend more than $50 or so. Looking at C&C and CityMove, it seems they have no options under $80, and what I actually need is way more than that. Thanks anyway! And I may look into messaging you ocherdraco, as I'm pretty sure I don't have any buds with zipcar memberships.

Please, though, more suggestions!
posted by greta simone at 10:25 AM on February 26, 2010


I just checked the U-haul website, and the service station at the corner of Kingsland and Withers (Kingsland Service Station, Inc) seems to have a cargo van available on Sunday afternoon, at 3:15 PM.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:29 AM on February 26, 2010


Yeah, I discovered that unfortunately, what the website says and what the people say when you call is wildly different. (I call because in the past I've been screwed by making online reservations and having no truck when I show up).
posted by greta simone at 10:42 AM on February 26, 2010


You could post on craigslist asking for someone with a car or van to help you out and offer to give them pizza & good conversation.
posted by lorrer at 11:00 AM on February 26, 2010


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