Spring Break Vacationers Face Rental Automobile Scarcity

Vacationers throughout spring break face a scarcity of rental vehicles. (FOX 9)

As increasingly folks begin touring once more, lots of them face an uncommon drawback. In case you are contemplating renting a automobile, you may need to rethink.

“We’re seeing one thing we have by no means seen earlier than,” stated Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of AutoSlash.com, a automobile rental web site.

Weinberg has been within the automobile rental enterprise for over a decade. He says he is used to elevated demand throughout holidays and summer time holidays, nevertheless it’s the primary time he is seen airports fully worn out.

“Final weekend, 18 of Florida’s 20 airports had been full,” Weinberg stated. “There have been hardly any rental vehicles north of Miami.”

He says the automobile scarcity is not restricted to vacationer locations like Florida, however Arizona, Hawaii and Texas as properly.

“Within the uncommon occasion that you could possibly have discovered a automobile, the automobile rental corporations knew folks had been determined and had been charging over $ 500 a day for a automobile,” Weinberg stated.

“Throughout the COVID pandemic, demand dropped very, very sharply as a result of folks weren’t touring,” stated Alfred Marcus, a professor on the College of Minnesota.

Professor Marcus says the automobile rental firm did not make a ton of cash earlier than the pandemic. The one approach to survive in the course of the financial recession was to promote most of their fleets.

With extra folks touring and provide falling, consultants say rental automobile costs are more likely to stay costly.

“The costs of renting a automobile for $ 50 to $ 60 a day or $ 100 per week, I do not assume it should come again rapidly,” Professor Marcus stated.

Specialists say an important factor is to e-book early, and even ask folks to verify if vehicles can be found, as a result of generally a rental automobile is greater than the airplane ticket.

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