Rental car shortage hits Volusia County, nation

DAYTONA BEACH — None of the arriving passengers in line with reservations at the rental car counters at Daytona Beach International Airport on Friday was worried about leaving without a vehicle, but the shortage of rental cars unfolding nationally is still having a ripple effect in Volusia County.

“My wife reserved this one two months ago, but the prices are outrageous now,” said Mark Palmer, 62, of Sturbridge, Mass., his keys and paperwork in hand from Hertz. “We rented a small SUV for $400 for three days. We looked at something bigger, a Chevy Tahoe, but they wanted $800 (for the same amount of time).”

As the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold, the latest impact is hitting passengers that are starting to return to the skies and the nation’s roadways amid the rollout of vaccines and the gradual reopening of the hard-hit U.S. travel industry.

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