Hawaii tourists turn to U-Haul amid rental car shortage
Tourists in Hawaii, facing a shortage of rental cars, have turned to U-Haul.
The company’s local marketing office, which oversees all U-Haul transactions at more than 30 locations across the Hawaiian island, finds a correlation between foreign addresses and driver’s licenses that represent tourists who rent at U- Haul in addition to business.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in U-Haul rentals from customers visiting the islands currently,” Kaleo Alau, president of U-Haul Company of Hawaii, said in a statement to FOX Business.
This increase translates into a large majority of U-Haul vehicles on the islands being rented daily.
“We realize that this demand occurs when tourists are unable to get a rental car or when they learn that our rental fleet options are more affordable,” Alau added.
Alau said the surge was mostly geared towards the company’s smaller vehicles, such as its pickup trucks and vans, and bookings for these vehicles ranged from a few days to a week.
Normally, U-Haul vans and pickup trucks, which are used for “odd jobs,” are generally rented for shorter periods. According to the company’s website, planning for in-town rentals – meaning the vehicle is picked up and dropped off at the same location – is “based on available times ranging from one hour to a rental period of 24 hours. hours “although some locations allow rentals of several days.
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For the past seven days, KAYAK has been a travel search site, benchmarked against the most expensive car rental cities in the United States. Four in 10 were in Hawaii.
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Meanwhile, U-Haul rentals in town start with a flat rate of $ 19.95 plus per mile charge and crash protection fee.
Alau said many U-Haul stores and dealers across the islands have found themselves “with less equipment available than usual.”
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However, Alau said the company is committed to “working with our core clientele – the island’s residential movers – every day to ensure that we can always meet their transportation needs.”
Alau is now asking local movers to call ahead to reserve their equipment.