Saving money on travel? Maybe rethink renting a car

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– As the 4e July is fast approaching, many people are expected to travel for the holiday weekend.

The car rental industry is no exception to today’s inflationary economy, but it’s not just the higher rates that are hurting renters.

“It’s really more of an availability that isn’t what it used to be,” Brad Korell said. “That was the main change, at least in my experience. I travel a lot. It really is sometimes about showing up even though you have a reservation and there is no car.

Korell said many companies sold inventory during the COVID-19 pandemic, which left customers with limited options when things started to return to normal.

“When things picked up, I think a lot faster than most people expected, the cars just weren’t there,” Korell said. “Now you have token shortages and all that sort of thing, it’s an issue that doesn’t seem to be correcting itself any time soon.”

We spoke to another man who said the last time he rented a car it cost him almost as much as a plane ticket.

“We thought, ‘Oh, this is a great way to save money. We can fly to Chicago and drive the rest of the way,'” Blaine Means said. pandemic progressed and the auto market dried up, we paid more money to rent a car from Chicago to Springfield than it would have cost us to fly.”

Means was able to get a car on Thursday and said one of the reasons he was renting was to save on gas, another rising cost.

“We weren’t given any options for hybrids,” Means said. “And that’s a big deal in terms of gas mileage these days if you can go hybrid, but you can save a lot of money on gas and on your rental.”

Korell said two things to help with your rental are making a reservation and expecting a wait period when picking up your car.

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