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Rental car shortages impacting Southeast Iowans

Demand for rental cars soar as more people travel for summer.
Demand for rental cars soar as more people travel for summer.(wwbt/nbc12)
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -

Nationwide many Americans have been impacted by rental car shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enterprise says they are seeing an increased demand for vehicles for travel. “We anticipate strong demand will continue throughout the next several months. The summer travel season is one of the busiest times of the year with many people traveling - and this year is no exception as vaccine distribution becomes more widely available,” Sara Miller with Enterprise said in a statement to KYOU.

But when it comes to book, Miller said there may be some ways around securing a vehicle before heading out on your trip: “If you’re planning travel, we encourage you to reserve a vehicle as early as possible. Providing flexible travel dates and branch pick up locations in your search may also help increase your options. In fact, enterprise.com has added a feature that helps to redirect customers to other nearby options – if available – during the online reservation process when they are booking if their selected branch is showing no vehicle availability. Our teams will continue to work hard to meet the increasing travel demand and support customers’ broader transportation needs.”

There are a couple of rental car locations in Southeast Iowa, and Enterprise shared all locations have been impacted by the shortage.

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