In Hawaii, excessive rental automobile costs ship vacationers to U-Haul vans

  • The pandemic has hit the rental car industry hard over the past year, with many companies selling excess vehicles.
  • Now that vaccines are available and travelers are returning to Hawaii, the rental car spaces are pretty empty, which means surprisingly high prices. A Toyota Camry was $ 700 a day in Maui last month, and even now it’s hard to find a rental car in Honolulu for less than $ 200 a day.
  • The solution that some travelers have discovered is U-Haul, which allows you to rent a pickup truck for less than $ 20 per day plus miles.

    COVID-19 has changed our concept of what is normal beyond what pretty much anyone could have imagined a year ago. One of the more unexpected effects of this invisible disease is found in Hawaii, where a lack of rental cars gives tourists the idea that the island is best seen from the wheel of a U-Haul truck.

    That’s the word from Hawaii News Now and it’s also reported by Carscoops. The Hawaii news site said that demand for the limited supply of rental cars on Maui drove the price of a Toyota Camry to over $ 700 a day in March. The situation did not improve in April and prices are still high compared to pre-pandemic prices. For some, a rented moving truck is the next best thing.

    HNN covered the trend in Maui, but it’s possible on other islands as well, as a little internet research proves the economy is developing. In fact, car rental options in Honolulu are currently limited. We were able to find one – yes, only one – vehicle to pick up at Budget’s Honolulu International Airport this weekend. The only choice? A “GMC Yukon Denali or similar” for the low price of $ 171.99 per day. Using a broader search tool, in this case Expedia, a total of 29 cars were returned, with the lowest price for a one-day rental being $ 238. However, when we looked into renting a U-Haul in a location just blocks from the airport, we found that you can get an 8 foot bed pick up for $ 19.95 per day plus 89 cents per mile can.

    The fact that we have got to this strange stage in the pandemic could have been foreseen. As they dealt with the pandemic early last year, rental car companies Hertz and Advantage filed for bankruptcy, and many companies were eliminating the oversupply at a time when there were few people traveling and demand was falling. Kihei resident David Morrell told Hawaii News Now that he is concerned that anyone who actually has to rent a truck to get things moving may be unlucky right now. “I find it kind of weird because six to eight months ago there were so many of them that they couldn’t find places to park all of the rental cars,” he said.

    It’s unlikely that rental cars will hit double-digit prices again anytime soon. The range of new cars remains limited by the lower automobile production due to the global semiconductor shortage. Locally, Hawaiian residents are preparing to see tourism numbers return to normal, or at least increase, in the near future as government regulations on coronavirus testing and vaccinated travelers ease a bit. All things considered, and the decision to rent a U-Haul instead of a $ 700 a day Camry is a logical one.

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