BRITISH tourists heading to Spain for a summer holiday could faceissues trying to find a rental car.
Holidaymakers are advised to book far in advance, due to a shortage of available cars in Spain and 58 per cent price increase since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
The shortage of cars is partly due to rental car companies selling off vehicles that weren't needed during the covid-19 pandemic, when the tourism industry came to a halt.
Those companies are now struggling to buy new vehicles due to a semiconductor shortage that has caused car manufacturers to slow production of new cars.
On top of this, Which? Travel are reporting that car rental prices are on the increase all across Europe, with Spain and Portugal being the countries with the biggest price hike.
They found that in 2021 those tourists who booked their August rental in July paid 26% more than early birds booking in May.
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The added risk last year was that by August many car rental services had completely sold out, with demand expected to be even higher in 2022 with many families taking their first post-covid summer holiday.
It's also worth factoring in that ongoing rises in fuel prices could hit tourists' pockets this summer if opting for a rental car on holiday.
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