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Old 09-27-2017, 12:16 AM
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Maui: Where to rent a Jeep? Where to go?

I'm planning to spend a few days on Maui.

What's a good place to rent a Jeep there? I guess I'd want a Rubicon, a manual would be beyond my wildest expectations, but an automatic will have to do if MT's not available.

And what are the places worth seeing in a Jeep? I'm not looking for extreme challenge at this time, but rather considering this a recon mission to see what's there and come back to it when I'll have more time.

And, of course, all advice about what to do and what not to do, where to go and where not to would be welcome. In particular, how to avoid an incident like this gentleman described.

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Every rent a car dealer has jeeps for rent on any of the islands. They are everywhere. The question will be if they allow you to take it offroad. I have not rented one lately but they use to disable the 4x4. Also have to worry on some of the nicer cars that they have GPSs and know where you take their cars. As far as where to go, not that familiar with Maui. I am sure a simple Internet search will come up with some fun places.

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I just booked a jeep for Maui to. For Nov 25- dec2

I searched everywhere and got many quotes. Best was from MauiJeeps.com
They got me the best quote and reservation from Enterprise (lower then there website or any expedia, travelocity type sites)

After base rate and all the charges and fees my quote is $364.99

I asked for soft top and MT, but they told me you get what they have at the time and no guarantees. They usually come in AT, and soft, hard or t-tops. THat is all they can promise me. I believe there is some small companies that rent out old model jeeps, bikes and trucks in Khie (sp??) area that you can pick some modded jeeps but I found them pricey. was told if you went in for day rentals they might have good deals. But I needed my rental from Airport and return.

Now where to go. I have no idea it wil be an exploration for us too. I hear there are tons of great private beaches off hwy around the island you need to do a little 4x4ing to get too. so will start there. maybe find a back road up a volcano or something.

I was also told watch your contract as any non paved surface might void your contract and damage and extra fines could be charged. SO at your own risk
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Cool Bring a chain and a padlock

Hi . You ask how to avoid a spare tire theft ? Bring a 6' chain and a padlock .
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Hi . You ask how to avoid a spare tire theft ? Bring a 6' chain and a padlock .
Hmm... I was rather thinking of getting bumper to bumper insurance - that usually works better on parts that you can't padlock
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Cool Hi , prevention is best

Hi , you asked about how to avoid the theft of spare tire ; for that the solution is chain and padlock . Nothing personal would be covered by your comprehensive insurance . You are going to be leaving the Jeep to hike down to a beach , or up a hill to a waterfall , and that is when and where they will break in . I am very familiar with this problem in Hawaii and elsewhere , and I don't leave anything valuable or important . I carry anything personal in a locked backpack , and I carry my self-defense gear at all times , stout cane and stick , handcuffs , etc . Remember self-defense : it means you defending yourself . You asked us for advice , remember ?
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I was also told watch your contract as any non paved surface might void your contract and extra fines could be charged.
Hi Buddy , remember that everyone who rented the Jeep before you has driven it roughly , and damaged it , and that the rental companies will charge successive future customers for previous damage caused by previous customers . They do this scam full-time , and innocent you will fall for it unless you are aware , and put in writing on their paperwork that you "refuse to be held accountable for damage that you did not cause" . As soon as I write that on their paperwork , they argue and say I was not supposed to write that . I say too bad , if you want to rent me the Jeep , my statement is my enforceable part of the contract . You always have the right to add your statement to any paper they hand you . That goes with everything : for example , if a boss hands you a reprimand and orders you to sign it as a proof that he served you with the reprimand , you can write above your signature that you are innocent and you do not accept this false reprimand . If you simply sign , they can say you accepted the reprimand .
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You asked us , remember ?
Being an adult assumes ability to accept an answer to a question that's been asked

Thanks for the fair warning.

I'm deeply on the paranoid side, but still, forewarned is forearmed.

Since you mentioned break-ins, I wonder if there are vehicles for rent there that are not technically Jeep(TM), but more protected [even though less] offroad capable vehicles? Of course, I know that nothing will prevent a determined thief or robber from breaking in, but every single bit matters.
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Hi Buddy , remember that everyone who rented the Jeep before you has driven it roughly , and damaged it , and that the rental companies will charge successive future customers for previous damage caused by previous customers
Reminds me of habits of European rental companies. They are extra pedantic about damage, and scratches as little as an inch get written down on the rental agreement.

In cases like this, I usually take pictures of damage before taking possession. Sometimes this involves laying down on the pavement to see what's underneath, they usually get nervous at that point
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I know that nothing will prevent a determined thief or robber from breaking in
You hit the nail on the head . See above comment ,about protecting yourself with the contract , which I was typing whilst you answered . I defend myself and my property . To me , standing my ground means being forearmed for any eventuality . Last point : if ANYTHING happens , make sure you go to the police and make a police report and get some copies .
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keep your valuables
Reminds me of an interesting experience I had many years ago.

Found myself in a really hostile place. Left all my valuables with trusted friends (comparable Fort Knox), got enough spare change to get back by bus, and just walked out. Been walking literally all day, started feeling much better. Akin to walking through the Amber Pattern, if you know what I mean.

Having nothing to lose is an enriching experience.
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Cool Your first post referenced the spare in Paia

Your first post mentioned the theft of the spare tire in Paia . You will be much better off getting a guidebook and searching out natural attractions , circling the east end of the island through Hana , and then up to the top if the volcano for the view of the ocean on four sides . That's how to benefit from a Jeep , in my opinion . And Hana is a very decent little place with very nice and honest people , in my opinion . They have a very nice diner , and most of the people are actual Hawaiian and very friendly .
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view of the ocean on four sides
Are there any canyons with trails on ridges or bottoms on the west side?
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Cool I've been in Hana area, on the highway

I 've been on the East side in the Hana area , because I like the sort-of wildness of it . A few miles south of Hana , in the seven pools park , there are wild mango trees growing upwards on the slopes , and I found that peeling them with my pocket knife resulted in poison oak rashes on my hands , because of the chemical in the mango which wards off insects . Sometimes foolish tourist people get washed out of the streams into the ocean . A famous Tahitian canoe paddler went down to the rocks to fish and was never seen again . I went up to the horses graze-ing in the meadows and was able to pet them . Beautiful scenery . If you think of going off-road , forget it . It is all private land or state and national parkland , and it is illegal to destroy the environment .
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We rented Jeeps in Maui (we had a group with 4 Wranglers). I'm not sure why anyone would bother with trying to rent one with a manual transmission. You want to be able to focus on the scenery while driving and, you will be in traffic almost all of the time and you won't be doing any real off roading.

Driving to Hana is quite fun and scenic (going clockwise around the island). Keep in mind it is very slow going though.

We then continued past Hana, continuing clockwise around the island. After Hana, the drive was not very fun or interesting. We did the whole route, stopping at all the main attractions, in a single day and would not do that again- that was a very long day.

Overall I enjoyed Maui and had lots of fun.
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I'm not sure why anyone would bother with trying to rent one with a manual transmission. You want to be able to focus on the scenery while driving
Been driving stick all my life. I don't notice it. I do, however, notice automatic transmission's inability to shift when *I* want it to shift, and driving an auto is a major annoyance to me. Unless it is a paddle shifter, but I doubt I'll be able to rent one of those.

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you will be in traffic almost all of the time and you won't be doing any real off roading.
That would be regrettable because this is exactly what I want to do - if not real-real offroading, then at least to get off the asphalt and go where 90% of tourists don't go.

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Driving the first half of the Road to Hana is quite fun and scenic (going clockwise around the island). Keep in mind it is very slow going though.

The second part of Road to Hana is not as fun/interesting. We did the whole route, stopping at all the main attractions, in a single day and would not do that again- that was a very long day.
I've done this already - though, we went counterclockwise. In a rental sedan, which was quite sufficient for the task.

One memorable experience - before going there for the first time, I read a lot of scared people on Internet complaining how difficult the northwest part of the highway was. Been quite annoyed with how overblown the complexity was...

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Overall I enjoyed Maui and had lots of fun.
That was my experience as well.
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Ah, ok, I assumed you had not been before.

Let us know if you find any interesting stuff off the pavement.

One update to my earlier post- I should have written that the drive was fun until we got past Seven Sacred Pools. I think Hana Highway turns into Pillani Highway after that and that was the part that was not as fun or scenic, but I was getting pretty restless and stir crazy at that point and wanting to get out of the Jeep. We started the day at our hotel in Kihei, so it was a long day in the saddle back to Kihei.
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One update to my earlier post- I should have written that the drive was fun until we got past Seven Sacred Pools. I think Hana Highway turns into Pillani Highway after that and that was the part that was not as fun or scenic, but I was getting pretty restless and stir crazy at that point and wanting to get out of the Jeep.
One funny thing about Pillani Highway is that it is tilted, and is tilted unevenly. I saw a video back then (can't find it now) demonstrating that effect when driving a motorcycle, it's less pronounced in a car, and I guess its only (or more) noticeable when driving west to east.

I actually found that part enjoyable as well, probably because of the fact that it is coming down to ocean level almost all of the way. The ocean is more interesting to look at than the sky
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Hi Buddy , remember that everyone who rented the Jeep before you has driven it roughly , and damaged it , and that the rental companies will charge successive future customers for previous damage caused by previous customers . They do this scam full-time , and innocent you will fall for it unless you are aware , and put in writing on their paperwork that you "refuse to be held accountable for damage that you did not cause" . As soon as I write that on their paperwork , they argue and say I was not supposed to write that . I say too bad , if you want to rent me the Jeep , my statement is my enforceable part of the contract . You always have the right to add your statement to any paper they hand you . That goes with everything : for example , if a boss hands you a reprimand and orders you to sign it as a proof that he served you with the reprimand , you can write above your signature that you are innocent and you do not accept this false reprimand . If you simply sign , they can say you accepted the reprimand .
Sounds like you have a lot of experience with reprimands...
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Cool Do NOT go off-road on Maui ; the law is clear .

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That would be regrettable because this is exactly what I want to do - if not real-real offroading, then at least to get off the asphalt and go where 90% of tourists don't go.






Well , a HUGE PROBLEM with your idea is that the parkland and private property are PROTECTED to protect the endangered bird species and plant species , which are unique to the islands of Hawaii . If you actually go off-road you likely violate state law and could be arrested . Any sensible , law-abiding , and appreciator of nature will follow the rules and stay on public roads . If you want the rangers and police to be nice , and to have a nice vacation without having to have bail money sent to you to get you out of jail . I initially thought one question in your thread was how to avoid being victimized by someone in Paia stealing your rental's spare wheel . If you destroy rare bird's nests or rare rainforest plants , no one in Maui will have any sympathy for your off-roading , which would be a violation . Really .
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Sounds like you have a lot of experience with reprimands...
Yep , and hopefully I helped some na´ve employees wake up for their rights .

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