Now that I got your attention, did you really think you could avoid taxes?
This article focuses on the money your looking to save on taxes, if you rent off airport.
Before July 2014 this was a real thing. I saved countless people hundreds of dollars renting off Airport. So, what has changed you ask? In 2014 the State of Hawaii enacted a facility surcharge of $4.50 per day, at all off-airport locations. Over two weeks that's $63, you can imagine how a two or three month stay would add up.
Today's reality.. Let's take Maui for example. I may be able to save you $50 a week renting in Kihei. Well, that's about a 25-minute drive, since the major car rental companies don't have shuttles that go to Kihei, you have to use alternative transportation averaging about $55 each way. The other considerations are inconvenience & time. Time consideration is most agencies are only open until 5pm, for late arrivals that idea is out. Then you have the convenience issue, getting on a shuttle bus after a long flight to save a few bucks will have you scratching your head, wondering if this was all worth it!
Older Cars.. Is it possible to bypass some taxes, get a quality vehicle several years old, get picked up at the airport, herded to a location normally 30 minutes away? The answer is yes, it is. The stories I hear after doing this over 20 years are people calling us because they've run into issues with their rental. Ranging from mechanical problems, a vehicle that smells like an ashtray, or cockroaches having parties at night. Even worse, during the Christmas holiday, your with the entire family when an issue arises..... the independent rental agency is totally sold out, and has nothing else to put you in when your rental is broken down and busted. Every year we get at several calls from those very agencies asking if we have cars for there customers! Enough said!
On a Oahu, we've seen the base rates average much higher in Waikiki in the last several years. This pretty much zero's out a tax savings.
On Kauai, more of the same, much higher base rates off Airport.