Do you know which rental car in Hawaii gets broken into the most?

It’s the Dodge Chargers. According to a Honolulu Star-Advertiser article, these cars are the easiest to break into because thieves only need a flat-head screwdriver to pop the lock. This isn’t good news for tourists either. Most car rental companies nationwide will own a fleet of Dodge Chargers because they’re reliable and spacious.

Looking back at our family’s rental car history, I’d say we got a Dodge Charger at least three times, and I’m pretty sure many of you could say the same. The worst part is, we had no idea how easy this particular car is for thieves to get in. Had we known, we would have definitely requested another vehicle. This isn’t to say that only Dodge Chargers will get robbed; it’s just that much more likely.

And it’s one of the reasons a state representative for Waikiki has been working on a bill that could potentially save tourists from losing thousands of dollars in stolen belongings. The article says that he wants rental companies to report thefts and break-ins by make and model, to include crime prevention tips for car renters in airplane welcome videos and to post warning stickers inside rental cars reminding tourists not to leave valuables in their car. Also, make sure to park in an open area with higher foot/vehicle traffic.

I can’t emphasize this enough. Please leave your valuables in a hotel safe and not inside of your rental car. Even if it’s not visible and inside of the trunk or glove compartment, then it’s still very much at risk of getting stolen. The woman in the article left her wedding ring in the trunk of the Dodge Charger, and sadly, it was stolen; that’s a $15,000 (and a diamond ring) that they’ll never see again. Not to mention, the bitter taste of the islands they now have because of this bad experience. Please don’t become the next victim while on your Hawaii vacation.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The second time I was in Hawaii, I had gas siphoned out of my rental car twice in one week. I would advise tourists to buy locking gas caps for their rental car. If you wind up parking on the street, you run a good chance of getting siphoned.

  2. I really don’t want to be forced to listen to tips on rental cars on the plane every time I return to Hawai’i, and I doubt anyone else does. BUT a mandatory 5 minute video people can watch when they go to rent a car does make sense. Anyway, mahalo, Bruce–always enjoy your thoughts.

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