Savvy Hawaii tourists hire U-HAULS to get around after pandemic price hike on rental cars sees cheapest Toyota Camry go for $ 722 a day
- Tourism is on the rise again in Hawaii, where more than 20,000 arrive daily
- Inbound travel to the island has led to a surge in the demand for rental cars
- Last month, the cheapest rental car on Maui was $ 722 per day for a Toyota Camry
- Visitors instead turned to U-Haul, where they can rent a truck for a fraction of the price
Travel to Hawaii has soared in recent weeks that visitors have had to rent U-Hauls due to a shortage of available car rental.
Last month, the cheapest rental car on Maui was $ 722 per day for a Toyota Camry, according to Hawaii News Now.
“The revival of tourism, the revival of businesses reopening, the reboot of the economy – everyone seems to need a vehicle,” said U-Haul Marketing President Kaleo Alau.
He added that the U-Haul facilities are the busiest they have been in years as the company works to meet demand.
The image above is an undated file photo of Kaanapali Beach in Maui. Tourists are returning to Hawaii in droves, increasing the demand for rental cars
A look at the Turo website reveals that car rental on Maui can cost you around $ 850 a day for a 2017 Land Rover
According to Turo, renting a Land Rover on Maui in 2016 could cost $ 600 a day
The limited supply and high demand for rental cars has sent tourists to U-Haul offices where they rent trucks for only a fraction of the price
“Usually they say they can’t get a car from any of the rental locations,” Alau said.
“They are all sold out.”
A look at the Turo website reveals that car rental on Maui can cost you about $ 600 a day.
A U-Haul, on the other hand, only costs a fraction of that amount. A pickup truck costs $ 20 every four hours, or just over $ 80 for a four-day period. These costs can vary depending on the kilometers driven.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has imposed a ten-day quarantine requirement on anyone arriving to any of the Hawaiian Islands and those traveling between the islands.
In October, when cases fell, travelers could skip quarantine if they could show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the last leg of departure.
Since then, the number of arrivals on the island has been steadily increasing. In the past week, state data shows that the number of screened tourists arriving on the island easily exceeds 20,000 per day.
Renting a pickup truck in Honolulu costs $ 20 every four hours – or just over $ 80 for a four-day period. These costs can vary depending on the kilometers driven.
The pandemic has messed up the local economy, which depends on tourism. In January of this year, a total of 171,976 visitors traveled to the island – 80.1 percent less compared to the 862,574 that arrived in January 2020.
Government officials registered an increase in the number of tourists in February, when 235,283 visitors were screened.
Hawaii officials are proceeding with a plan to allow people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to skip pre-travel tests and quarantine requirements for inter-island flights.
For now, the rule is only for people vaccinated in Hawaii and for travel within the state.
The plan doesn’t change anyone’s ability to travel and avoid quarantine by testing, but adds another option for those who received the recordings.