2013 Most Rented Vehicles In The USA

Hi all,

2013 is coming to an end and its about this time of year we meet up with our convertiblemustangcar hire USA supplier to discuss the year and look to the future. Its in preparation for these meetings that some interesting facts cross my desk.

As with every year we like to take a look at the most popular vehicle types rented on U.S. Rent A Car and compare them to the year before. I started posting these stat’s in 2011, you can view them here - http://blog.usrentacar.co.uk/index.php/2011/11/23/2011-most-rented-vehicles-in-the-usa/

2013 has seen our most varied car mix for a long time the difference between 1st place and 10th was surprisingly small.

Here’s what 2012′s top 10 looked like;

  1. Intermediate Sports Utility – Ford Escape or similar
  2. 7 Seater Minivan – Dodge Caravan or similar
  3. Convertible 2dr – Ford Mustang or similar
  4. Economy 2dr – Chevrolet Aveo or similar
  5. Full Size 4dr – Dodge Charger or similar
  6. Intermediate 4dr – Hyundai Sonata or similar
  7. Standard Sports Utility – Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar
  8. Full Size 7 seater Sports Utility – Ford Explorer or similar
  9. 12 Seater Minivan – Ford E-350 or similar
  10. Full Size 2dr – Dodge Charger or similar

In 2012 the Intermediate Sports Utility was out in front by a long way and the Full Size vehicles claimed 2 places..

Here’s 2013′s Most Rented Vehicles

  1. Convertible 2dr – Ford Mustang or similar
  2. Intermediate Sports Utility – Ford Escape or similar
  3. 7 Seater Minivan – Dodge Caravan or similar
  4. Intermediate 4dr – Hyundai Sonata or similar
  5. Full Size 4dr – Chevrolet Impala or similar
  6. Compact 4dr – Ford Focus or similar
  7. Economy 4dr – Chevrolet Aveo or similar
  8. Intermediate 2dr – Dodge Avenger or similar
  9. Economy 2dr – Chevrolet Aveo or similar
  10. Standard SUV – Grand Jeep Cherokee or similar

So in 3 years we’ve now seen 3 different car groups top the charts, 2011 was ruled by the minivan, 2012 the intermediate sports utility and this year the Convertible.

I wonder what 2014 will bring, I’m putting an early bet on the Intermeidate reclaiming its spot.

Kind regards,

James

 car hire USA

usrentacar.co.uk Issue’s Car Hire Availability Warning

Hi all,

We’ve officially hit PEAK SEASON for us folks in the travel industry that means only one thing… LATE BOOKINGS!

This year more than ever, the idea of booking early has really paid off, we are beginning to see low availability across all our suppliers for pick ups in July and August.

For Florida car hire bookings we are seeing a real shortage of high capacity vehicles including 12 and 15 seater minivans, Intermediate SUV’s and 7 and 8 Seater SUV’s.

For California car hire, we have already had to place the guaranteed Ford Mustang option on stop sale, as all suppliers have low availability especially out of the San Francisco area.

For Nevada car hire including Las Vegas we have no Budget vehicles at all and Convertibles and high occupancy vehicles are on red alert.

If you haven’t booked already it might be an idea to start getting something confirmed.

Just a quick reminder that usrentacar.co.uk shows live availability for Alamo Rent A Car (15str’s on request), Dollar Rent A Car, National Car Rental (15str’s on request) and Thrifty Car Rental, what you see online is directly linked to the suppliers fleet.

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

USA Petrol Prices 2011

Hi all,

U.S. citizens are up in arms at present over the sudden increase in petrol prices, seemingly over night the pump prices have gone up on average by 72 cents. March 2011 is now the most expensive March for petrol ever.

California

California is the USA’s most expensive state to fill up, at present on average you will pay $3.91 per gallon.

Montana

Montana is the USA’s cheapest state at present, where on average drivers will pay $3.19 per gallon.

Florida

Florida boasts the most expensive fuelling station, located in Orlando the Sun Coast Energy Gas Station is one of the last fuelling depot’s before Orlando International Airport. At present fuel costs are $5.39 a gallon for regular and $5.49 for premium.

USA drivers are calling the price increases “daylight robbery”, what do you think?

You can check up to date fuel prices by visiting – http://usrentacar.co.uk/usa_petrol_prices.aspx

Remember if you purchase our gold rate, your inital tank of fuel is included meaning you can return the vehicle as close to empty as possible.

Regards,

James

 car hire USA

Los Angeles Car Hire Review Who Is Best At LAX?

Hi all,

The California Car Hire review theme continues today with Los Angeles Airport the target of our affections. Last week Alamo Rent A Car took pole position in San Francisco with a very impressive score.

This time there chances of a double are increased due to the fact that Budget Rent A Car are no longer accepting UK tour op vouchers out of LAX.

The scores below are an average taken from our customers who have completed our review section. The scores are made up of questions including pick up process, car quality and value for money.

  1. Alamo Rent  A Car – 87%
  2. Dollar Rent A Car – 86%

A close run thing but Alamo snatch another victory in California.

Does this result tally with your own experience of our suppliers?

What can car rental companies do to improve for 2011?

Regards,

James

 car hire USA

San Francisco Car Hire Reviews Who Is Best At SFO

Hi all,

So we say a fond farewell to Florida, where Dollar Rent A Car reigned supreme. Its time to move over to the east coast, to sunny California.

Today’s location in the car hire reviews league is San Francisco. Our reviews are all supplied by customers who have rented and collected from San Francisco Airport.

The reviews included a  scoring system from 1-5 which include questions regarding speed of staff, queue times and vehicle satisfaction.

  1. Alamo Rent A Car – 87%
  2. Dollar Rent A Car – 86%
  3. Budget Rent A Car – 85%

So Alamo take the first of the California locations, congratulations to them.

Does this result tally with your own experience of our suppliers?

What can car rental companies do to improve for 2011?

Regards,

James

 car hire USA

Free Additional Drivers With Your California Car Hire

Hi all,

Thought I’d let you know of a great little deal we have going on for California car hire at the moment with Alamo Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car.

Both these great suppliers have confirmed a FREE ADDITIONAL DRIVERS for any new bookings, on any vehicles, at any California location.

I think you’ll agree this is a great offer and one to be taken full advantage of.

Regards,

James,

 car hire USA


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