Maui Roadsters FAQ

February 03rd, 2015

So many cars!  So many questions!  You are not alone. Here is a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions to help navigate your Speedster rental.  Can't find your question on our list?  Just give us a call and we'll answer your question in person.  And if it's a really good one, we might even add it here!

  

What rental options do you offer? Our standard full day rental is 12 hours (8am-8pm) and our minimum rental period is 4 hours.  You can book a 12-hour rental online but you must contact us at 808-339-6204 for shorter or longer rentals.

How much are your rentals and what is included?   A 4-hour rental is $207.29 and a 12-hour rental (8am-8pm) is $342.72. Rental prices include all taxes, fees and Rental Collision Protection (RCP).

What if I want a car for less than 4 hours?  Or for 6 hours?   Our minimum rental is 4 hours .  We can do a 6-hour rental for $259.38, but anything over 6 hours is considered a full day rental.

Where are you located?  Our garage is centrally located at 122 Kio Loop in Kihei just a few blocks from Safeway.

          

Do I have to pick up the car at your garage or do you deliver?  We can drop off and pick up your Speedster in the South Maui area for $60.  Please call 808-339-6204 for our delivery rates to other areas around the island.

Can I keep the car overnight?  We only allow overnight rentals if you have a covered, locking garage to keep it in.  Please call us to discuss this arrangement.  Additional charges will apply.

I want a specific Speedster but your website shows it's not available at all next week?  Sometimes cars are rented every day and sometimes they are taken out of our fleet for maintenance.  Give us a call to see if the car you want may become available during your particular period.

What are your rental requirements?  All drivers must:

1)     Be 25 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record;
2)     Be able to drive a manual transmission car;
3)     Hold a personal automobile insurance policy;
4)     Provide a major credit card at check in;
5)     International customers must also provide proof of automobile insurance and a copy of their passport.

Are additional drivers allowed?   Yes! There is no charge for additional drivers but they must be 25 years or older, hold a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.

Why do you ask for my insurance provider?  Hawaii state law requires drivers to provide their own insurance policy.  We cannot rent to drivers without insurance. 

What does the Renter's Collision Protection cover?  An RCP policy is included in your rental price and covers damage to our car only, up to $20,000.  Damage in excess of this amount, or to other cars, property, persons, etc. is covered under the renter's automobile insurance policy.

Do you have a cancellation policy?  Yes, at least 48 hours for a full refund.

Is your 8:00pm return time firm?  Yes it is, as we need time to service and get the car ready for the next day.  Please let us know if you will be late returning your car.  We allow a 15-minute grace period for late rentals but there will be a $50 per hour charge for anything beyond that.

           

Are these original Porsche Speedsters?  No, Maui Roadsters features a fleet of four professional reproductions of the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster convertible, one of the most iconic cars in automotive history.   Each car has a custom fiberglass body over a VW chassis with a 1600cc, 1900cc, or 2110cc dual carb engine.  Original Speedsters now sell for $250K or more and would be very difficult to insure as rental cars!

How fast can the cars go?  The highest speed limit on Maui is 55mph in a couple of areas, but most of the island is a pleasant cruising speed of 20-45mph.  Like the bumper stickers say, “Slow down, this ain’t the mainland!”

Are all the cars manual transmission?  Yes, like the original 1957 Speedsters, our cars are a classic driving experience with 4-speed manual transmission.  If you don’t know how to drive a manual stick shift, you will not be permitted to rent any of our cars.

Do the cars hold more than 2 people?  No, they are all 2 passenger only.

Are there any height restrictions for renters?  Our cars are fairly roomy inside and have accommodated drivers up to 6’5” (195 cm).  Some cars are more suitable for tall drivers and challenges do exist, so please give us a call so we match you with the best car for your experience.

How far can I go on a single tank of gas?  Our cars can easily drive to Hana and back (120 miles) on one tank of gas.  We normally recommend filling up at about 130 miles.  Our cars take premium gas.

 Are there any places I can’t drive the cars?  While most of Maui offers safe and easily accessible roads, there are a few areas where our cars are not permitted to go due to unsafe or poor road conditions:

1)     Unpaved or unimproved roads;
2)     The “back road to Hana” between the 7 Sacred Pools/Oheo Gulch and the Auwahi Wind Farm;
3)     Between the Nakalele Blow Hole and the Turnbull Gallery (Highways 340/30) in West Maui.

Can I go to Hana?  Yes you can, just leave with plenty of time to get back by 8:00pm. We recommend leaving Hana by 3:30pm in the winter and 4:30pm in the summer as that side of Maui gets darker earlier and the roads can be challenging at night.

Can I drive to the top of Haleakala?  Unfortunately, no.  Our Speedsters are carbureted and are calibrated for sea level.  The top of Haleakala is just over 10,000 feet, so our Speedsters perform poorly at that altitude and often do not restart in the thin air.  Plus our Speedsters are not heated and the top of Haleakala is typically 30 degrees colder than sea level, occasionally getting snow in winter.  We allow our Speedsters to go only as far as the start Crater Road (the road to the summit of Haleakala) and we have driving routes along the lower slopes of Haleakala that will reward you with magnificent views, fun winding roads and lots of points of interest along the way.  

 

Where should I go for great photos?  Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, with no limit on great photos opportunities.  The drives to both Hana and Upcountry/Haleakala offer some of the best views.  The drives to La Perouse Bay and Lahaina offer great photo opportunities by the water.  We challenge you to find new and unique places.

Is it ok to leave the car unattended?  Yes, just remember to take the key and any valuables you have with you as the car and trunk do not lock.

How much room is in the trunk?  Trunk space is very limited. There’s enough room for a small beach bag and towels.

What type of gas does it require?  Our cars prefer non-ethanol gas, but premium will work if you can’t find it.  Fortunately there is a gas station that carries non-ethanol just two blocks from our garage in Kihei at 51 Lipoa East.

What’s the charge if I don’t return it full of gas?  Unless you pre-paid for a tank of gas at the time of the reservation ($30), we charge the cost of gas + $20 to fill the tank and cover our time and effort.

How protective is the roof?  It’s a manual convertible top that is water-resistant but not waterproof for extended periods of time.

What if it’s raining the day of my rental?   Rainy days are few and far between in South and West Maui.  Occasional showers are common on the way to Hana or in Upcountry Maui.  Rain is often localized so it could be sunny just a couple of miles down the road.  Our cars are equipped with weather-resistant convertible tops, but they are not suited for heavy rain.  In the event of severe weather we will do our best to reschedule your rental if a car is available or refund your money if one is not.

          

I’m getting married on Maui next year.  How early should I reserve a car?   It is best to reserve the specific car that you want as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Lani, our ivory “wedding” car, often books up months in advance.

Can I stop by and check out the cars before I rent?  Yes, of course.  All rentals and showings are by appointment only, so please call ahead (808-339-6204)  to schedule a time to view our Speedsters.