Car rental rates during the pandemic

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And to confirm that it's not just hire car companies, I've been monitoring a Luxury Escapes yacht holiday for a while now and the price has increased by $900 since it was last offered in February. No additional inclusions. Hard to conclude that it's not gouging but also can't ignore the increased demand from trapped locals.
 

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These rates are crazy!!! I am trying to hire a car for CNS in July and the best rate is 843 via qeeq.com. I think that I will need a part time job in addition to my full time job.
 

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From the looks of it, I'm going to save more then my union membership fees on car hire fees alone, given we get access to a nice corporate rate.
 

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These rates are crazy!!! I am trying to hire a car for CNS in July and the best rate is 843 via qeeq.com. I think that I will need a part time job in addition to my full time job.
That is crazy! I booked one from QEEQ/Alamo in January for early July for 6 days, $288. :(
 

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That is crazy! I booked one from QEEQ/Alamo in January for early July for 6 days, $288. :(
Yes, i just had a 5 day rental in Cairns, booked through Economy car rentals / Alamo. Small SUV was $262 total, booked 6 months ago. Timing is everything at the moment.
 
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Had a $150 ish charge added to small car through Thrifty in Victoria for a three day car hire. Avis nor Hertz not available. It is a big difference. I have also tried to hire Avis cars for two different periods in Orange and website keeps on saying not available.....may have to phone them as not sure if they are still there although the website states they are operational.
 
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I've found one cheap way to get a hire car in CNS... commence the rental in MCY. 😲

Just did some comparisons:
- 1 day compact in CNS $196
- 7 day one way hire MCY-CNS $209

I'm going to make a road trip of it and see a bit of inland QLD. Not even going to have a car in CNS now as will be returning it on the day I arrive. My holiday has gone from being a N.Qld one, to being a much broader 'lots' of Qld one. Golf sticks going in the boot!
 

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I've found one cheap way to get a hire car in CNS... commence the rental in MCY. 😲

Just did some comparisons:
- 1 day compact in CNS $196
- 7 day one way hire MCY-CNS $209

I'm going to make a road trip of it and see a bit of inland QLD. Not even going to have a car in CNS now as will be returning it on the day I arrive. My holiday has gone from being a N.Qld one, to being a much broader 'lots' of Qld one. Golf sticks going in the boot!
I was trying to get a cheap car for a week out of CNS at end of uni holidays 17-24 June to go to Port Douglas. Usually way cheaper than getting transfers. Couldn't find anything. Then our travel agent came to the rescue again. They found us a camper with 5 seats for $50/day. There were 3 other options up to $79/day, whereas they couldn't find any cars at anything like that price.
 

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I rented in CNS in early March 2021 - my first trip anywhere in over 12 months. Maybe I'd forgotten what prices should be but I was reasonably "happy" with what I got.

I paid total of $476 with Thrifty for a Pajero 4WD for 4 days (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon) with unlimited KM.

That included $108 for the Collision/Damage Insurance - which I took because I don't have my regular annual global travel insurance policy active ATM.

The vehicle hire itself was $72/day
+ $71 total for Premium Location CNS AP.

I just booked a couple of trips to NZ on the weekend with the QF DSC promo. Have not booked any NZ hire cars yet... I'm afraid to look now :D
 
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On a note for Perth car rental, I booked a small/medium SUV from Fremantle for 11 days (100kms p/d), return to Perth Airport for next Feb 2022.
2 car seats, no insurance for tick under $600.

I was very shocked, bargain, even though well in advance thru local non-franachise rental store.
All major franchises I searched were big $$ as posted above.
 

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I just took out an annual multi trip for Australia and it was only $168 - I will save that on car rental alone
 

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It's the surcharge required to cover the very high excess that applies to vehicle damage now that turns me away
 

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How short sighted are these car rental companies? Very, it seems! They probably sold off their rental stock at giveaway prices (low demand due to covid lockdowns along with oversupply). Now they have to re-stock their fleets at full price for new cars which, in the short - medium term will significantly increase their inventory carrying cost. Obviously they had never put any thought into a disaster management plan in anticipation of a very real possibility such as a pandemic.

Last year we had our QF flights cancelled and were locked out of Qld but I still had to pay cancellation fees for Avis bookings in CNS and OOL. Now 12 months on they want 2 - 3 times the money for equivalent bookings.

Airlines and hotels know that raising prices is no way to get people back travelling but the car hire companies seem oblivious to that fact. Apart from being a disincentive to travel generally, hefty hire fees will just encourage many people to find alternate means of getting around rather than be price gouged with charges of $150 - 200 /day or more for a small hatch. We like the convenience of having a car at our disposal even if we don't use it a lot but we'll be re-thinking that now.
I suspect the hire companies know exactly what they are doing. They know what to do to protect themselves during a downturn, they would not have done too badly in selling cars they couldn’t rent out and they will rebuy at prices we cannot access. And they are doing very well with their current rental stock obviously if they are renting out at higher prices.
 
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