Central Coast travelers deal with cancellations, surge prices amid rental car shortage

Travel is making a comeback as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, but booking a rental car may be a challenge as companies deal with a shortage of vehicles.

Travel hit an all-time low during the pandemic and many rental car companies stopped buying new cars and sold off their fleets, so these businesses are having to increase charges or turn down reservations until they get more vehicles.

Marshall Burton flew into the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport from Washington on Friday afternoon, hoping to jump into his rental car right when he landed.

Two weeks before arriving on