12 News Investigates: How to avoid rental car scams

 12 News Investigates: How to avoid rental car scams

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Affordable rental cars may be hard to find this summer. When the coronavirus pandemic started, many companies sold their fleets because no one was traveling.

Luis Villanueva often rents cars to get around. However this time, he spent more on a car than a plane ticket.

“It’s around $600 more than my flight for three days,” said Villanueva. “On average, I usually pay $200 and now $600.”

While Villanueva traveled for business, Debbie McConnell had no trouble getting her car this time around, but last week was different story.

“We were in Hawaii last week. They had a shortage of rental cars. We had a Jeep and we tried to return for a different car, and we ended up getting another Jeep because there were no rental cars there,” said McConnell.

If you go to any airport parking lot, you’ll see it’s…

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