So instead of driving to New Mexico to visit the Trinity site, we were exploring flying in and renting a car. This seems... less likely as apparently the rental market in that city is insane. Let me show you some of the highlights.
I started with Kayak, as it is a good benchmark of what is available. Things looked grim immidiatly. I had my pick of a Chevy Spark, a Nissan Versa, or a Toyota Corolla for the SPECIAL RATE of just under $90/ day.
Woof. That is... too much. Pretty sure I could buy and sell a car for that much and pay less in depreciation.
Interesting cars got worse from there, so I moved on to USAA, who usually has some pretty pimp discounts on travel.
Better! But still boring cars for a lot of money. Selecting “premium” also brought up some decidedly non-premium cars.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think of the Chrysler 200 is “premium”. I’d probably go so far as to put it in economy.
The “Luxury/ Specialty” category brought the only nice surprise, with Hertz offering a 2-door Wrangler for $90/day. Still way more than I wanted to pay, but better than a Spark.
With options looking grim, I though I might as well give Turo a shot. I’ve looked at their stuff before and not seen anything worth the price, but given what I was seeing here I was (naively) hopeful.
It was all pretty terrible.
2008 Grand Caravan for $70/ day
2014 Chevrolet Captiva for $170/ day
2017 Kia Sorento for $175/ day
So yeah. Either a Sorento OR for $14 more you could get a fucking Boxster. Hmm. Keep in mind this is also before pick-up, dropoff, insurance*, etc...
*Yes I know rental insurance is a huge scam, but last time I checked Turo rentals were not covered by normal coverage usually offered through credit cards and normal car insurance.
There were some reasonable cars on there, but not many. There was a Spark for $32/ day but at these prices you’d be better off going with one of the big boys.
Out of reasonable options, I did check Santa Fe to see if things were more reasonable there... and they were.
So the question remains: What is going on in Albuquerque?
[UPDATE] As a co-worker and ITA97, is no longer a Texan just pointed out, apparently there is a gigantic balloon festival in Albuquerque that weekend, which explains a lot.