For two days in St. It was nearly impossible to find a rental car in St.

It was a Rental Car Apocalypse.

For most of Thursday and Friday, there were no rental cars at any local agency for love or money.

If you have enough money, a branch of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, St. You can rent a car from Louis Exotics. The Ladue location offered what it calls Super Sports Cars, like a Maserati Ghibli or a Mercedes E-Class Coupe, for $279.99 a day.

Range Rover and similar SUVs are slightly more expensive.

But otherwise, even love wouldn’t have gotten you a car – though some were available Friday afternoon.

There were no trucks left in the U-Haul. But if you absolutely, absolutely need some form of transportation and don’t particularly care what it looks like, you can hire one of their moving vans. Not only do you have a vehicle, it also has at least 402 cubic feet of carrying space.

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Rental car demand has been strong all summer and into September, said Michael Wilmering, public relations manager at Enterprise, which also owns National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.

st. Louis rental car locations were hit particularly hard by the Joyce Meyer Ministries’ Conference for Women in Love Life, held Thursday through Saturday at the Dome at America’s Center this week.

Dollar Rent a Car’s St. Jeremiah Matthews, a sales representative at the Louis Lambert International Airport location, said the office rented a large number of cars to conference attendees. The ministry is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Breana Conner-Haynes, another sales agent at the airport for Dollar Rent a Car, said rental car sales are not uncommon. They can happen as often as twice a month. Typically, weekdays are busier than weekends, she said.

He said that when flash floods destroyed so many private cars in August, rental car agents were sold out quickly and for a while.

The industry was hit hard by the coronavirus in 2020, when travel largely came to a standstill. Rental car companies made drastic cuts in new fleet purchases that year and were caught without enough cars when travel resumed in 2021 and later this year.

According to an article in Barron’s, “companies’ fleet sizes have been depleted due to problems securing new vehicles after an early pandemic sale.”

Wilmering said Enterprise has seen “significant improvement” over last year in rebuilding its fleet. Now, he said, the problem is the global shortage of microchips required for today’s cars and other supply chain issues limiting the availability of new cars.

He said book as early as possible to make sure a car is there when you need it.

But sometimes even a reservation doesn’t help.

Brandon Galloway from Houston on Friday to attend a wedding in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He flew to Louis. Had a three month reservation with National Car Rental. But his flight was delayed.

Contacted the rental car company and said they would hold the reservation for 24 hours. Anything longer than that, the reservation would expire.

A few hours later, she was about to board her plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

“I looked at my app to see what my reservation number was. The reservation was no longer there,” he said. Not only that, the company had no record of owning it, even though it proved to be.

Tried all the other car rental companies in town and discovered they were out of stock.

Finally, he said, “I went through Priceline and booked one through Avis.”

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