NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Rental vehicles are scarce throughout the nation, particularly in vacationer locations just like the Grand Strand.
In the meantime, consultants warn the costs are sky-high.
As increasingly more folks come to the Myrtle Seaside space for a getaway, many want a wheel set to get round.
Some flip to Herb McCollum, who runs Whatcha McCollum Automotive Rental in North Myrtle Seaside.
“Everybody has cabin fever and so they need to exit and go someplace,” he says. “They appear to be coming to Myrtle Seaside.”
He and different automotive rental corporations are struggling to maintain up with demand. As of Wednesday afternoon, McCollum solely had one automotive in his lot and he already had a reservation.
“It is an actual drawback for lots of people,” he stated. “Plenty of them are simply used to having vehicles out there once they get off the aircraft. But when they did not have a reservation, it’s totally troublesome.
CEO and founding father of automotive rental website autoslash.com, Jonathan Weinberg, stated the nation’s main rental corporations weren’t ready for the surge in demand as extra folks get vaccinated and are touring.
“If we return to March 2020, when COVID began, automotive rental corporations noticed rental demand drop 90%,” he stated. “The survival of the enterprise trusted promoting as many automobiles as attainable. This has resulted in a whole lot of 1000’s of automobiles being bought within the used automotive market. “
Now Weinberg says rental corporations are struggling to get their fleets again.
“Automakers shut down manufacturing traces on the onset of COVID,” he stated. “They have been down for just a few months, which put them a bit of behind the eighth ball when it comes to productions. After which you might have this semiconductor scarcity.
He stated that even in the event you might discover a rental, you possibly can pay three to 10 occasions as a lot.
“We have undoubtedly seen a rise in journey and it actually has occurred within the final couple of months,” stated AAA public affairs director Carolinas Tiffany Wright.
Wright recommends that you do not wait if you realize you will want to rent a automotive.
“E book early,” she stated. “Do not wait till the identical day. Do not wait till you attain your vacation spot. Be sure to guide early. “
Autoslash predicts the rental automotive scarcity will final by means of the summer time.
The Myrtle Seaside Chamber of Commerce stated in an announcement that guests who require help with transportation can contact its customer info line at 1-800-356-3016 or e mail the chamber at [email protected]