Will there be enough car hire in the USA to go round?

Well of course there will be you might think!!!

However this might not sound such a stupid question.

Reduction

Recent reports have suggested that car rental giants like Alamo, Budget and Dollar are looking to trim their fleets by up 25% to help combat the current difficult financial climate, the credit crunch is encouraging car hire companies to focus on efficiency and keeping their fleets as lean as possible.

What will happen?

My immediate concern are peak seasons. Easter, Summer and Christmas are already notoriously difficult to obtain specialist vehicles like convertibles, 4×4′s and 12 seater minivans, so with a capacity trim these will become like gold dust.

With cars at a minimum I think it is inevitable that we will again see a rise in car rental rates across the board. In the last couple of years we have seen a great trend towards last minute car hire bookings, I believe this culture may end up leaving some people without the vehicle they wanted.

Solution

Well the obvious is for the car rental suppliers to increase their fleets, but that isn’t going to happen. My recommendation is to book your car hire as early as you possibly can to avoid disappointment and the inevitable price hike.


What are your thoughts on the points raised above? How else can consumers combat this?

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