June 17, 2021

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Travelers report rental car shortage causing transportation frustrations

The Omaha airport authority said vaccinations have increased confidence in travel. Eppley Airfield recorded the highest number of passengers since the start of the pandemic last month. But the uptick in the air is creating some problems on the ground. Travelers report a nationwide rental car shortage. “If you’re looking for a rental car, I would brace yourself,” said Monte Foreman-Powell.Foreman-Powell said he booked and paid for his rental car at Miami International Airport before he left Omaha.But he said it was a struggle to find one before the flight.”I’ve never seen where it says literally sold out, sold out, sold out, no rentals available,” he said. “There was only like one place that had openings.”When he landed in Florida, he said his reservation didn’t matter.”I’ve never in my life waited four and a half hours for a rental,” he said.Foreman-Powell said it started when he waited hours to see the clerk, who told him they’d rented out the car he paid for. They offered another, and sent him to a parking garage There, he waited in another line to pick up a different car.It got worse.”(They said), ‘We don’t have that car anymore. We gave that away.’ And so I’m like, it is now almost four o’clock in the morning,” he said. “I’ll take anything that I can, like seriously. Nothing warned me like, ‘Hey, we’re in a car shortage,’ I found out while I was in the line.”He finally got a car and staff told him the delay was because of a nationwide rental car shortage.Enterprise Holdings said it sold cars early in the pandemic when travel halted and it’s having trouble getting new ones because of a chip shortage needed to manufacture new cars. “While early in the pandemic, we took down the number of vehicles in our fleet when travel came to a virtual standstill. As demand started to return last summer, we started adding vehicles back into our fleet through new vehicle purchases from our manufacturing partners. A key challenge right now is the recent global chip shortage impacting new vehicle availability,” Enterprise Holdings said.”As more states begin to loosen restrictions, and as vaccine distribution becomes more widely available, people are looking forward to traveling again. This is reflected in the demand we are seeing, with many areas – especially popular vacation destinations – experiencing upticks in bookings going into the spring and summer. We are working hard to help customers get back on the road again. We strongly encourage those planning to travel to reserve a vehicle as early as possible. Additionally, providing flexible travel dates in their search may also help increase their options. We have been working closely with our manufacturing partners since last summer to continue to add vehicles to our fleet to meet the ongoing increase in demand. We also are leveraging our large network of neighborhood and airport locations to move vehicles where possible to support regional spikes in demand,” the company said.Still, that’s not the only problem the rental car shortage is presenting. “Be prepared to spend double to triple after you get to your location just on moving around. If it’s to meetings, restaurants whatever, you’re going to pay the price,” said Chad Preuss, who travels frequently for work.Preuss said the rental car shortage forced his company to rely on ride sharing services.He said a normal $50 trip cost him $150 and said some companies are price gouging.”You’re going to pay more because there’s no rental cars,” said Preuss, who warned travelers to book rentals early, be prepared to pay, or find another way.“The rental cars, it’s just a bad situation across the country,” he said.

The Omaha airport authority said vaccinations have increased confidence in travel.

Eppley Airfield recorded the highest number of passengers since the start of the pandemic last month. But the uptick in the air is creating some problems on the ground. Travelers report a nationwide rental car shortage.

“If you’re looking for a rental car, I would brace yourself,” said Monte Foreman-Powell.

Foreman-Powell said he booked and paid for his rental car at Miami International Airport before he left Omaha.

But he said it was a struggle to find one before the flight.

“I’ve never seen where it says literally sold out, sold out, sold out, no rentals available,” he said. “There was only like one place that had openings.”

When he landed in Florida, he said his reservation didn’t matter.

“I’ve never in my life waited four and a half hours for a rental,” he said.

Foreman-Powell said it started when he waited hours to see the clerk, who told him they’d rented out the car he paid for. They offered another, and sent him to a parking garage There, he waited in another line to pick up a different car.

It got worse.

“(They said), ‘We don’t have that car anymore. We gave that away.’ And so I’m like, it is now almost four o’clock in the morning,” he said. “I’ll take anything that I can, like seriously. Nothing warned me like, ‘Hey, we’re in a car shortage,’ I found out while I was in the line.”

He finally got a car and staff told him the delay was because of a nationwide rental car shortage.

Enterprise Holdings said it sold cars early in the pandemic when travel halted and it’s having trouble getting new ones because of a chip shortage needed to manufacture new cars.

“While early in the pandemic, we took down the number of vehicles in our fleet when travel came to a virtual standstill. As demand started to return last summer, we started adding vehicles back into our fleet through new vehicle purchases from our manufacturing partners. A key challenge right now is the recent global chip shortage impacting new vehicle availability,” Enterprise Holdings said.

“As more states begin to loosen restrictions, and as vaccine distribution becomes more widely available, people are looking forward to traveling again. This is reflected in the demand we are seeing, with many areas – especially popular vacation destinations – experiencing upticks in bookings going into the spring and summer. We are working hard to help customers get back on the road again. We strongly encourage those planning to travel to reserve a vehicle as early as possible. Additionally, providing flexible travel dates in their search may also help increase their options. We have been working closely with our manufacturing partners since last summer to continue to add vehicles to our fleet to meet the ongoing increase in demand. We also are leveraging our large network of neighborhood and airport locations to move vehicles where possible to support regional spikes in demand,” the company said.

Still, that’s not the only problem the rental car shortage is presenting.

“Be prepared to spend double to triple after you get to your location just on moving around. If it’s to meetings, restaurants whatever, you’re going to pay the price,” said Chad Preuss, who travels frequently for work.

Preuss said the rental car shortage forced his company to rely on ride sharing services.

He said a normal $50 trip cost him $150 and said some companies are price gouging.

“You’re going to pay more because there’s no rental cars,” said Preuss, who warned travelers to book rentals early, be prepared to pay, or find another way.

“The rental cars, it’s just a bad situation across the country,” he said.