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Car rental in Kona

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by jjking42, May 26, 2019.

  1. jjking42

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    I have a mid size suv reservation for a week in Kona. I can actually get a premium car for less. How are roads on big island. Does the car type make any difference for getting around.
     
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    Roads are fine. I would go with the lesser expensive car as long as you have enough space for luggage.
     
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    Used to be that Saddle Road (Hwy 200) between Kohala and Hilo was really bad, but that has been rebuilt and is now one of the best roads on the island, the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. So no need for 4WD/SUV. We have always rented a convertible and can go everywhere.
     
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    Whatever rate you get put on autoslash.com and see if they beat it. They have for our last 4 car rentals and a significant amount.
     
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    reading the big island resealed book it mentions a lot of isolated beaches that cant be reached without 4WD. i want to visit as many beaches as possible along with the VNP. I am not much for tours or museums etc. I am an adventurous beach bum. but the rental on 4wd vehicle costs a lot
     
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    We drove all over the island in a Chevy Impala, no problems. Waited over an hour to get the car from Budget @ Kona airport though :-(
     
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    I doubt you need 4WD, unless you plan to drive off road. As for waiting in long lines to get your car, I can’t stress this enough: Sign up for Budget’s Fastbreak program. You can skip that long line. Seriously.

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