There's a Rental Car Shortage. Here's How to Work Around It.
Limited availability and higher prices are making it hard for travelers to find cars
You might have heard about a rental car shortage that’s leaving many travelers in the lurch, or causing them to pay high prices. It’s only getting worse as travel booms while cars are generally scarce because of a global chip shortage that has disrupted auto production.
According to AAA, travel is up 60 percent over a year ago, when most Americans were cooped up at home during the darkest days of the pandemic-caused shutdowns. Wherever you go, make sure there’s enough gasoline to power your adventure. A recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline left many locales along the eastern seaboard short on gasoline.
With people getting back on the road in droves, it may be a tough time to travel, but we reached out to several rental companies for insights, and Consumer Reports’ experts offer a few workarounds to help you navigate your way through that long-awaited vacation.