When traveling to Hawaii one of the first things youíll need is a car to rent. Finding a discounted car rental company is one of your top priorities along with finding the perfect resort, vacation rental or hotel to stay at. But with every state there comes different ways of taxing. Some taxes and fees that Hawaii does NOT charge for, but other mainland states do, include energy surcharges, convention charges, stadium taxes, mileage surcharges and additional driver surcharges.
We all feel like having a tantrum or pulling our hair out when it seems the added taxes and fees for everything we buy these days never ends. When added to the cost of a rental, keeping to a Hawaii vacation budget can seem like a hopeless endeavor. It seems the base rate of rental cars in Hawaii are quite competitive these days, but taxes, fees and surcharges can almost double the cost of a rental car.
Unfortunately, we at Hawaii Car Rentals and also the various rental car agencies have no say when it comes to the taxes and fees the state of Hawaii tacks on. Many people experience sticker shock when they get an online estimate for their automobile rental or when they return the car and see the bill. The state of Hawaii has mandatory fees and taxes over and above the base price offered by a car rental company. This money does not end up in the coffers of Hawaii Car Rentals or the car rental companies, it gets sent to the State of Hawaii Treasury.
Mandatory Taxes, Fees and Surcharges on Car Rentals charged by the State of Hawaii (2013):
Car rental taxes and fees are manditory industry-wide charges required by the State of Hawaii.
Car rental companies only get to keep the base rate. All taxes, fees and surcharges collected go to the State.
Renting at Airport vs In-Town
Savings: $47.65 - Save 22% - Rent your car in town
added on fees, surcharges and penalties: (Mandatory
does this mean? "Surcharges and other fees are subject to tax in certain locations.
Quoted taxes and fees are subject to change. "
Gasoline fill up fee: (Applies only if you do not fill
up the tank)
Young driver surcharge: (Applies only for drivers age 21 to 24)
Many states require a full fee for underage drivers, but
when renting your car through Hawaii Car Rentals, some
companies reduce this charge.
special arrangement with the various rental companies it
represents and is a wholesale corporate discount vendor of, Hawaii
Car Rentals is able to offer underage drivers who are age 21 to 24
a reduced rate as low as $10/day instead of the usual $27/day.
In 2013, Hawaii Car Rentals has a pre-negotiated contractual agreement with Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise that allows at least one additional driver at no charge. In some cases, the additional driver needs to be the spouse or domestic partner of the main driver. If you want to add more drivers than are already allowed for free, the cost is usually $12/day or more.
(Optional and non-mandatory)
Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise offers a variety of rental car Insurance Coverages, Protection Plans and Rates. Insurance protection is recommended though it is not mandatory. Prices vary between the various companies.
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