When you just purchased some heavy appliances or furniture, or if you have a landscaping project that require a lot of equipment, you have a choice between paying the store the delivery charges or you could hire a utility vehicle so you can transport the cargo yourself.

It’s often easier to just pay stores like IKEA, or Bunnings the delivery charges because you’re already there and transacting with one company is just less hassle than talking to two. However, choosing to hire a utility vehicle from a third party outfit like Alpha can not only save you money, but can also offer you much more flexibility as compared to paying for delivery charges.

Delivery Charges

For the sake of comparison, IKEA charges $15 simply for packaging and handling, plus for packages weighing more than 20 kilograms, a delivery fee of $48 (metro) or $88 (regional). Bunnings on the other hand, provides medium sized trailers for you to haul your gear; but if you require a trick or a van, the rate starts at about $30 and goes up depending on the distance. The exact amount will be determined by one of the Bunnings staff upon processing your order.

Other Car Rental Companies
Then let’s look at other car rental outfits that provide similar services. Europcar charges a minimum of $55 a day, while Thrifty will cost $49.96 a day. The cheapest utility vehicle we could find in Budget costs $58.99 a day and Move Yourself rents out utes for $171 for two days.

A quick glance will reveal that there are better deals to be found.

Alpha Ute Rental
A recent model utility vehicle from Alpha Car hire will only cost you as low as $49 a day. This is a 1-tonne ute with a cargo volume capacity of 4975 x 1760 x 1680mm and a wheelbase of 3085 mm. Most of our utes can carry cargo up to 1155 kilograms and our trays give you access from three sides, giving you more convenience and flexibility when loading your cargo. Our utes are single cabs which will comfortably accommodate two passengers.

Transporting a large cargo will always be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Opting to pay the store’s delivery charges is a valid option if you can afford it. However, if you’re on a tight budget, or if you want to save a few dollars, why don’t you choose to rent a utility vehicle and transport the cargo yourself? Not only is this a much cheaper option, but you also don’t have to deal with all the stress and uncertainty of waiting for your goods to be delivered; or wondering if they will be in good condition when they get to you.

So for tasks such as landscaping, furniture delivery, DIY construction projects, or if you’re moving, the most cost effective solution is to get a ute hire in Melbourne and you’re all set. Don’t forget to check on our truck & ute specials for great deals and discounts.