Ever wonder what happens to rental cars once they are no longer the most current model year, recalled, or something like that? It honestly never really crossed my mind. I assumed they got auctioned off or sold, and while that may be the case in most locations, Hawaii seems to be a little different.
The last job that I had involved lots of traveling. However, I am cheap, so regardless of where I went, I walked everywhere and the only thing I spent was time, and I spent it enjoying the sights and taking pictures.
One of the locations I was at was Hawaii. I made extensive use of the GPS on my phone to find my way around, and on the on the island of Kauai, I decided to walk to the Ahukini Recreation Pier State Park. From the GPS view, it looked like a good place to see some sights. However, when looking at the map, I saw what looked like a junkyard. Naturally I had to check it out for Rotting in Style. I mean, why not? It was next to the road I had to walk down anyway.
When I got there, I was surprised to find myself looking at dozens of year or two year old Mustangs and Camaros. Lines and lines of these cars bumper to bumper. Next to them were Jeeps, minivans, compact cars, trucks, and more, all just a couple years old. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at.
I walked down the rows and looked for cars with door pins that were up. After locating all of those, I walked back down the row again and hopped in one of the cars while no one was driving down the road. Inside the car, I found rental car paperwork. So I guess when they are done with them, they end up here!
Now these cars are only a few years old, and they are located on ONE island, but the ones that I saw had 15,000 to 22,000 plus miles on them! I also learned that with a Camaro, you don’t need a key to get the radio to turn on, so needless to say, I listened to some tunes.
I assume in most situations, the cars would be packed up on a truck and delivered to wherever they are destined to go next. If they are on an island though, I guess you have to wait to have enough to stick them on a cargo ship or something. It was pretty cool to see lines and lines of these cars. Most of them where completely exposed, and only a handful were behind a locked fence area. It was sad to report that none of the cars had the keys in them. Yes, I did look.
It was something I’ll probably never see again. Needless to say, while most of the people I worked with were off swimming or looking at volcanoes, I was admiring the nearly 100 cars that just sat in a field awaiting their next life. Ah the sights of Hawaii.