How to Rent Refrigerated Trucks

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Some people look at the meat wagon as a money truck and think that if they can sell all those steaks, chicken cutlets and fish fillets they can fill up their pockets in a hurry. It's a lucrative business that often results in repeat customers, which means more money. If you'd like to get started in that line of work, or a similar business that entails the transporting of refrigerated goods, make a route, get some goods to transport and follow the instructions in this article for renting a refrigerated truck.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid driver's license
  • Secondary piece of identification

Contact a rental company that offers refrigerated trucks. Penske, Ryder and Budget are good places to start, but there could be local companies that also offer refrigerated trucks.

Ask the representative what documents you'll need to bring with you to rent a refrigerated truck. These documents include a valid driver's license and may include another piece of identification, such as a credit card or a utility bill.

Once you arrive at the rental company, you'll be asked either to fill out an application or to provide verbal information to the representative, who will key it into a computer console. The information will be included in the customer database and used for quick retrieval of later rentals. Also, some rental companies allow customers to use their information to reserve vehicles over the Internet or by phone, after which they can walk in, pay for the rental and drive away without redoing the application process.

After giving the representative your information, pay for the rental. Some companies may require an extra deposit in case you return the rental with a low fuel tank or other damages. Other companies don't require that deposit, but will maintain that you fill the fuel tank to its capacity when you rented it.

The representative will look over the truck with you in attendance and check that everything works properly (this includes the refrigeration unit, also called a reefer unit) and that there is no damage to the truck. When the representative finishes the inspection, you will be given the keys to the refrigerated truck. This will happen again upon the return of the truck.

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