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 |  Mar 14 2012, 3:30 PM

We all know U-Haul as our go-to guys for borrowing a trailer to tow a car, but they’re also great at helping people move and provide temporary storage. U-Haul Company of Louisiana however is going the extra mile for residents of southern Louisiana that were recently affected by severe thunderstorms and flash flooding.

Natural disasters are always bad news, but it’s always great to see companies stepping up to lend a helping hand afterwards. U-Haul will be offering 30 days of free storage and U-Box Portable Storage to help residents get back on their feet. With the U-Box Portable Storage, U-Haul will deliver the U-Boxes (or you can pick them up) and once they’re filled they will store them in a secure location or bring it to wherever you need it.

And in additional to the 30 days free storage being offered, U-Haul is also offering free boxes as part of their Take a Box, Leave a Box program. The company is encouraging all those with extra reusable boxes to drop them off at the nearest U-Haul location so that another family can utilize them.

Those families in Southern Louisiana that want more information on the program can contact U-Haul at (337) 993-9898.

“These severe thunderstorms and flash flooding have caused a tremendous amount of damage to the communities we serve,” stated Warren Iles, the president of U-Haul Company of Louisiana. “I hope this effort will help provide assistance to families that need support. We will do our best to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need.”

 |  Dec 04 2011, 2:06 PM

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Zipcar’s growing success in the rental car business has encouraged the company to expand to cargo van rental services.

Aiming its sights at van rental companies, U-Haul and Budget, Zipvan will have a pilot release in the San Francisco and Oakland area, beginning with a fleet of only six Ford E-150 vans in three San Francisco neighborhoods and expanding by early January to 15 vans throughout the bay. The birthplace of the alternative rock sub-genre, grunge, Zipvan hopes to better serve young college students, local musicians, bands, and artists alike.  Zipcar has long built its business by catering to college students.

While Zipvan’s starting price of $14.75/hour or $99 a day may not always undercut U-Haul, Zipvan believes its flexible options and convenience in ordering a van will ultimately make their business model more appealing. Zipvan members can skip extensive paperwork and simply log onto their account and reserve a van via four simple taps on their smartphone.

Another key differentiation between Zipvan and U-Haul is the convenience of renting either by the hour or by the day. What’s more, U-Haul and Budget usually charge a base rate while the renter will be responsible for purchasing gasoline. Zipcar, on the other hand, will include gasoline, insurance and up to 180 miles of travel per day in a complete package.

Finally, Zipcar will not apply extra fees for drivers aged 21-23. Budget Rentals, on the other hand, add on $18 per day for young drivers.

If the pilot proves successful, Zipvan will expand its service to other North American markets in 2012.

 |  Jul 19 2010, 12:07 PM

Despite the bad language coming from the Honda Civic’s owner in this video, all parties are guilty of being criminally stupid. There’s a reason that race cars use special trailers (enclosed or open) with specific ramps.

Pushing a Civic onto a U Haul, with a flimsy ramp setup is a distinctly redneck way of trying to transport the car; not to mention the fact that there aren’t any tie-downs to keep the car from moving around.

Frankly, we have very little sympathy for these people. Doing things on the cheap rarely works out, and hopefully this is a painful and expensive lesson to prove that point. Besides, the car is really ugly.

Hit the jump to see idiots try and load a Honda Civic onto a U-Haul

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