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Tourists in Hawaii, faced with a shortage of rental cars, have turned to U-Haul.
The company's local marketing office, which oversees all U-Haul transactions at more than 30 locations throughout the Hawaiian Island, is seeing a correlation between foreign addresses and driver's licenses accounting for tourists who are renting from U-Haul in higher volume, according to the company.
"We have seen a considerable uptick in U-Haul rentals from customers who are visiting the islands now," Kaleo Alau, U-Haul Company of Hawaii president, said in a statement to FOX Business.
That uptick translates to a vast majority of U-Haul vehicles on the islands are being rented on a daily basis.
"We realize this demand is occurring when tourists are unable to secure a rental car, or they learn that our rental fleet options are more affordable," Alau added.
Alau said that the surge is mainly geared toward the company's smaller vehicles such as its pickup trucks and cargo vans and that reservations for those vehicles are stretching from a few days to a week.
Normally, U-Haul's cargo vans and pickup trucks, which are used for "small jobs," are generally rented for shorter stretches of time. According to the company's website, scheduling for in-town rentals – which means the vehicle is picked up and dropped off at the same location – is "based on available time frames ranging from one hour up to a 24-hour rental period" although some locations allow for multiple-day rentals.
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