Buying your own folding utility trailer vs renting one from U-Haul
I was not sure if this should be posted here or in the Auto section.
Since this is more about money and availability I decided to post here
So I am split between buying my own folding utility trailer and renting one from U-Haul as needed.
Here are the costs to get one first:
-buy a brand new one from Harbor Freight in Buffalo for USD269 (4'x8')
So to me it looks like a no brainer (even if you add 40CAD for gas and 10CAD for crossing bridges and for highways in US/CA)
final cost is 269*1.04(US sales tax)*1.33(conversion to CAD)*1.13(GST paid at the custom-import fee)=420CAD
which is WAY LESS than buying from a local source CAD646+GST (?)
(this is the way to go Canadian economy, it costs us less to import!)
Then you need to pay like 75CAD to register the trailer.
Now if you get one from U-Haul it is going to cost you 22CAD (GST included)
My understanding is that there is no mileage included and you get it for a day
So for the ~460CAD+75CAD that I would spend to buy and register a folding trailer I can rent a U-Haul trailer for around 24 times which will probably cover my needs
My only question is this: have you had any issues with renting a Uhaul trailer any time you wanted one? Are they available any time?
Are there any peak periods when these are difficult to get ?