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Munich / Cologne. Car hire are significantly more expensive than before Corona. Guilt are currently not just the autumn holidays, but also well-known problems of the car industry. The chip deficiency makes besides the car events even the-lenders difficulties.
If you take a rental car in the autumn holidays, you have to grab deep into your pocket. The prices are far above the level in front of Corona, as evaluated by the portals cheaper-mietetwagen.de and check24 show. As the reasons, the increased demand, renews of the Corona crisis and the chip deficiency apply.
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Cheap-mietetwagen.de has calculated for the travel period October in typical tour cycles of around 40 percent compared to 2019. Especially in Spain and Italy, car hire has become more expensive with surcharges of more than 80 percent. In Germany, the plus falls slightly with a good 32 percent but still significantly.
Check24 reports even higher surcharges: The difference was calculated here for the just finished calendar week 40 and amounts to a whopping 78 percent compared to 2019. The comparison portal also sees particularly large differences in Spain and Italy with 151 or 131 percent surcharge. For Germany, it calculates a plus of 93 percent at the prices.
Check24 has also compared the current situation with the prices four weeks ago, so outside the autumn holidays. Here, the increase in average is only five percent, in some countries like Italy, there are even decreases. In Germany, the plus is twelve percent.
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apparently there are less the autumn holidays as a generally high price level with rental car, which leads to the increases compared to 2019. Even if the portals of currently high demand report.
In this direction also has Sixt boss Alexander Sixt: "Regardless of the current autumn holiday, the mobility behavior of the people approaches the pre-crisis period again," he says. "The high demand still applies to a scarcity of the available rental car." Therefore, one currently see "occasionally an increased price level at car hire".
as the causes of persistent scarcity, Sixt sees the low vehicle bot by chip crisis and reduced production capacities. On the other hand, the rental car fleets were reduced in the Corona crisis. Sixt, however, last bought vigorously and the fleet rebuilt. In the second quarter alone, 70 900 vehicles have been controlled.
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