Renting a Car Really Can Be Easy!

If you drive around Honolulu International Airport for just a bit, you’ll see all kinds of interesting things. Almost exactly a year ago, I was meandering around the same area taking pictures of the lei stands. Just beyond the lei stands, you will see a rental car agency. Then you’ll see another. And then another.

Budget Car Rental Sign

So, this time, I couldn’t resist taking pictures of all those rental car places. This doesn’t even include the ones that were just outside of the airport grounds. Which one will I choose? I don’t know, the cheapest one? Which one is the cheapest? Are they going to want my blood type? You can tell that renting a car is not my favorite thing to do.

Enterprise Car Rental Sign

Well, since my car is still functioning at least reasonably well, I hopefully won’t have to face that dilemma any time soon!

AVIS Rental Car Sign

But, what happens to the visitor who really needs a car? If they’re on Oahu they can always catch the bus or a trolley if they’re not going too far outside of central Oahu, but the adventurous visitor will need a little more control if they’re going to go exploring. They’re going to need their own car!

Thrifty Car Rental Sign

Well, in the interest of saving time and because I’m lazy, how about a place that compares them all and gives you the best rates and maybe any bonus offers? There is a Hawaii Car Rental site that does just that! What a great service — so you don’t have to call them all yourself. Check out their web address — Hawaii Drive-O, I love that! I was waiting for the theme song from Hawaii Five-O to start playing. Don’t worry, it didn’t.

Dollar Rent a Car SignMore importantly, scroll down a bit and check out the little orange bullet points — no pre-payment or cancellation fees, unlimited mileage on all rental cars, no credit card to make your reservation and they all have air conditioning! Okay, those are just the ones that caught me… I’m sure the other points will be of even more interest to people who travel a lot.

The biggest concern that came to mind while I was thinking about what to do with these impulse photos, was what to do on the other islands where they don’t have the public transportation system that we do on Oahu. Guess what? They’ve got it covered! There’s a link that covers Maui Car Rentals quite nicely.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, what about the biggest island where people need a car the most? They know that Hawaii Island Drives! Can you imagine being on the Big Island without a vehicle? Wait, it gets better… there’s also a map on that page that shows Kauai and Molokai as well!

Wow, they’ve even got Molokai covered? That is some serious visitor care! Actually, this is some serious customer care — for both visitors and kama’aina. If I were going to Molokai, I wouldn’t even know where to start! Uh, the phone. That’s all I would know. Then, while I would probably get a car to drive, I would not necessarily get one at the best rate.

I’m bookmarking this place. They even have a sitemap with an abundance of links and a wealth of additional information. Contact Hawaiian Discount Car Rentals so you can ask them to, “Book ’em, Danno!” Sorry, I couldn’t resist saying that. I told you I liked that web address!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jeff // Feb 13, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    Thanks for the helpful post. Their site does indeed offer good prices. Moreover, the car rental industry (here in Hawaii and beyond) has made shopping for the best price difficult. It is a moving target of supply vs. demand over a timeline. Often the best deals you find today for an upcoming rental are nothing like the best deals you saw last week or will see as your rental dates get closer. And the sites, discount codes and coupons offering the best deals change constantly. Because of the complexity, I’m thinking of posting a tutorial on our site in the near future.
    Aloha, Jeff

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 13, 2008 at 10:34 am

    You know, Jeff, much like the yo-yo pricing of airfares, I think these things can never remain constant. I hear complaints all the time about missing this deal or that bargain. It’s truly hard to keep up with them all! That’s why I like anything that makes it easier for all of us who don’t focus on these things… we just want to get where we’re going! 🙂 Good luck with your idea!

  • 3 Pua // Feb 14, 2008 at 7:59 am

    oahu tourists are the lucky ones! the public and affordable bus system gets oahu visitors everywhere.

    no way so on the big island. to tell you the truth the best success i always had was providing our guests with a link which had all the big island car rental ph numbers for kona int. airport.

    it takes a very short time to call 3- 4 of those big island car rental companies and get an immediate quote with any discount which applies for the traveler (AARP, seniors or such).

    just an idea to share. aloha, pua

  • 4 Evelyn // Feb 14, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hey, Pua, you made it! I just like having someone with the inside scoops taking care of things so I don’t have to. I’ve been finding more and more that it’s good to have others do the things that they’re good at so that you can do the things that you’re good at.

    As a general rule, delegation is not something that I’m used to doing… but I’m getting better about cutting those strings and letting others do stuff. 🙂

  • 5 Aloha // Dec 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I used the rental car agency you mentioned and found their rate to be very competitive. They connected me with a vehicle from Dollar Rent-A-Car at the Honolulu airport (HNL). The car was easy to pick-up and drop-off.

    I’ll probably use this same company next time I visit Oahu. I seem to come to Hawaii at least once per year and typically stay on the beach in Waikiki.

    Mahalo nui loa!

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Great, Aloha! Glad you were able to get a bargain! Please keep visiting! 🙂

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