Rental Cars Maui

Old Apr 27th, 2021, 07:21 AM
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Rental Cars Maui

Prices are through the roof right now. Will they get better by the end of the year do you think?
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Old Apr 27th, 2021, 08:36 AM
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I don't have a crystal ball -- but the rental car landscape has had a sea change in the last year. Not just in Hawaii but everywhere. Rental car fleets have been cut by hundreds of thousands of cars. Hertz and other biggies are in financial trouble. Rates are up 25% to over 200% all over the country. Locations regularly run out of cars. Whether they can right their ships by next winter or whether this is the new normal - who knows??
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Old Apr 27th, 2021, 08:58 AM
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By the end of the year? No because the holidays are ultra-high season in Hawaii (unless of course the country is in the middle of another virus surge by then).

If you find something, book it with free cancellation. If prices go up you might be happy to have something if you end up needing it. if prices go down, cancel and re-book.
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Old Apr 27th, 2021, 09:19 AM
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Try Costco's Travel section for auto rentals. I always find the best prices there, and reservations are easy to cancel if needed.
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I had a reservation through Costco for mid May on the BI. I checked again yesterday and rates were down a couple hundred dollars from what I had books a few months ago, so I rebooked. Might not hurt to keep checking.
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There was an article about people renting UHAULs instead of passenger cars in Hawaii. Keep booking and recheckiing. You may find a lower rate for a large car, or you may be given a large car even if you book a compact. Or you might decide to cancel your vacation.

Apparentlly there is a global shortage of microchips which is making restoring the rental fleet a problem.

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I just read a very interesting article in today's Washington Post on this topic. They claim rental car prices will be tight until 2022. We just had friends cancel their trip to Maui because cars were running $450/day.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...rtage-economy/

We are at my sister's condo in Palm Springs at the moment and needed to take her car to the dealers for mechanical work, and they pay for a lyft pick up and drop off. The driver's told us that the whole valley is experiencing 1 hour waits for pickup because folks can't get rental cars so are having to depend on lyft and uber, so of course, those prices are skyrocketing as well.
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People here on Oahu are renting U-Haul pickup trucks to drive around.
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Originally Posted by zzmac9624 View Post
Although U-Haul trucks offer lots of room for your luggage I think I'll stick to cars. lol
Sure -- However I think the point is - there is aren't enough rental cars and a U-Haul could be one's only option.
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I had a reservation through Costco for mid May on the BI. I checked again yesterday and rates were down a couple hundred dollars from what I had books a few months ago, so I rebooked. Might not hurt to keep checking.
My friend rented with costco and they didn't find it a huge amount. She worked for them till retirement but not sure that helped. I will say they also have a good public transportation system there. Taxi, uber and bus.
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