‘New normal’ drives up car-rental costs

Guthrie Scrimgeour / The Garden Island

This fleet of rental cars is managed by Rent-a Wreck in Lihu‘e. Rental car prices have settled from a summer 2021 peak, but remain higher than pre-pandemic levels.

LIHU‘E — The price of rental cars on island has fallen from last summer’s peak but remains higher than pre-pandemic levels, as rental-car companies deal with a shortage of vehicles, supply-chain issues and labor costs.