Tourists rent U-Haul moving trucks in Hawaii because rental cars are too costly

The law of the market makes people do strange things

1w ago

The Covid-19 crisis has completely disrupted the market, both globally and locally. For example, for several months, rental cars have been sold out in Hawaii due to a lack of tourists. But now, as business begins to pick up and restrictions are gradually lifted, the story is taking on a whole new meaning.

Eager to discover new horizons, tourists are arriving on the island in droves and rental cars are all over the place. As a result, their prices have skyrocketed. For example, the cheapest car rented in March on the island of Maui went for a whopping $722 (€600/£520) a day.

The rates are now so high that tourists are abandoning rental cars in favor of U-Haul moving trucks, which are much more attractively priced. While these large vehicles are not the most practical way to see the local biodiversity, they are a viable temporary alternative.

The main problem is that people who need to move will not have a vehicle to rent and will have to delay their decision until a moving truck becomes available.

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Comments (24)

  • That's genius! But isn't the cost the same at the end of the day, taking into account higher fuel consumptions or the truck is really that much cheaper to rent?

      7 days ago
  • Tourists in Hawaii:

      5 days ago
  • They could also save lots in hotel costs with this 👍🤣

      6 days ago
  • They could even live in there lol

    They are pretty big 😂👍

      7 days ago
  • Surprised that U-haul trucks are this cheap to rent.

      5 days ago