05/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hire A Moving Truck Or Use Your Car?

Deciding how to transport all your furniture, books, dishes, and boxes is the first decision you'll need to make when moving: rent a van or use your car? If you're moving a lot of big, heavy stuff then a van is a necessity--though you still have a choice between gasoline or diesel engines. Diesel engines, like those on 22 and 26-foot Penske trucks, cost more to fill but are 35 percent more efficient, so you'll need less fuel--and, if there's a biodiesel station in your area, you can use that. Gasoline moving trucks, on the other hand--the big 26-footers, fully loaded with a house-ful of furniture--get about 10 miles to the gallon at the most; U-Haul's comparably sized truck promises only between 6 and 8 mpg, for a full-tank distance of 420 miles.