The Corsicans rent their cars to tourists

1,700 euros for the SUV at Figari airport (Corse-du-Sud) for two weeks in July… Prices soar for vehicle rentals on the island.

The Corsicans rent their cars to tourists

1,700 euros for the SUV at Figari airport (Corse-du-Sud) for two weeks in July… Prices soar for vehicle rentals on the island. With the approach of the summer season, rental rates have increased by more than 20% compared to last year. Double inflation. The prices for the summer of 2021 were already 35% higher than in 2019. "The car is becoming a luxury in Corsica, it's like going to a 4-star hotel..." can we read on social networks.

The specialized site Carigami also places 3 island towns in the Top 10 of the most expensive cities in the country. Ajaccio is in third place, Figari is sixth and Bastia ninth.

Due to the health crisis, rental companies have not been able to renew their fleet. Fewer cars available. And more requests. So prices are skyrocketing. “It is out of the question that I overpay my rental. Especially since with the increase in fuel, it would double the budget, explains Ruben, who will arrive in Ajaccio on July 23. So I decided to go to the Leboncoin site. »

Corsican individuals are flooding ad sites with their offers: 20 euros a day for a 2010 Clio, 75 euros for an almost new Nissan Qashqai... "It's more economical and at least we don't enrich multinationals, that stays in the short circuit,” adds Ruben.

On the side of the inhabitants of the Island, the financial windfall is not insignificant. "We don't need our second vehicle, so we rent it out all summer," explains Olivier. For the moment, we are booked at 80%. A very welcome additional income these days.


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