Is This The Future Of Car Hire?

Hi all,

Trawling the internet as I do, I came across details of the new Ford Focus Electric (pictured).

Ford’s first all-electric car is a zero-emissions vehicle that looks exactly like the diesel and petrol version. Great features include MyFord Mobile, a dedicated smartphone app that’ll tell you how much farther your car can go before it needs to be charged, find your car via GPS, and tell you where the nearest charging stations are located.

The Ford Focus Electric isn’t priced yet but is rumoured to be due out this year!

What do you think? Is this the future of USA Car Hire

regards,

James

 car hire USA

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Dollar And Avis/Budget Provide Joint Statement Regarding Takeover

Hi all,

When Dollar Rent A Car decided not to take the Hertz offer and enter in to advanced talks with Budget Rent A Car the stumbling block would always be proving to anti trust regulators that the consumer would be the winner, here is the latest joint statement from Avis/Budget and DTAG (Dollar /Thrifty)

As previously reported, following the termination of Dollar Thrifty’s merger agreement with Hertz Global Holdings Inc., Dollar Thrifty and Avis Budget have been cooperating to pursue antitrust regulatory clearance of a potential acquisition of Dollar Thrifty’s common stock by Avis Budget.

During this period, Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty have presented to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) a jointly held view that the potential transaction would not reduce competition in the rental car industry. Each believes that intense competition from Enterprise/Alamo/National and Hertz/Advantage, as well as numerous smaller brands, would continue after the proposed transaction. In addition, Avis Budget has expressed the view that a merger with Dollar Thrifty would result in significant cost savings and other operational efficiencies. These synergies and the increased ability of the combined company to compete against other competitors in the marketplace will benefit all rental car consumers, particularly Dollar Thrifty’s core leisure customers.

Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty believe substantial progress has been made in the discussions with the FTC on these issues, but the FTC’s position with respect to the competitive issues remains uncertain. The two companies have produced millions of pages of documents and provided vast amounts of data to the FTC regarding the car rental industry and their respective businesses as part of a “Second Request” review process. Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty each have notified the FTC of their intention to certify substantial compliance with the Second Requests on a timetable that would require an official decision from the FTC by the end of March or early April.

As the FTC review process continues, Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty remain focused on building their individual businesses to drive continued growth and maximize value for shareholders. Dollar Thrifty and Avis Budget reiterate that they have no agreement with respect to any merger or other business combination, and that there can be no assurance that any such transaction (or the terms thereof) can be agreed upon.

Do you think this joint merger will benefit the consumer?

I will of course keep you updated as more information becomes available.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

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Christmas USA Car Hire

Hi all,

Just a quick heads up to remind readers that if you require car hire in the USA over the Christmas period, not to leave it late.

We are already experiencing stop sales from some suppliers for popular ski locations especially the sports utility vehicles (4×4′s). A stop sale means that the suppliers has totally run out of that specific category of vehicle.

At present we have some great Florida Car Hire deals that stretch way in to 2011.

Regards,

James

 car hire USA

USA Car Hire Revenue Increase For Alamo, Budget, Dollar and Hertz

Hi all,

Today I have been sent the annual survey of USA car rental fleets, locations and revenue  provided by Auto Rental News.

The U.S. Car Hire industry is set to report a combined industry revenue of over 20 billion dollars up on 2009 figures.

The impressive point to this stat is that this year’s revenue total will be achieved with a smaller rental fleet, bringing average revenue per unit to $1,051 per month, a record high.

Alamo Car Hire

Alamo Rent A Car including Enterprise Rent A Car and National Rent A Car have an estimated 850,689 rental cars in service in the USA today covering 6178 locations. Last year’s total revenue was estimated at $9.5 Billion, this years revenue see’s an estimated increase to $9.8 Billion.

Budget Car Hire

Budget Rent A Car including Avis have an estimated 270,000 rental cars in the USA servicing 2100 locations. Last year’s total revenue was estimated at $4 Billion, this years revenue see’s an estimated decrease to $3.85 Billion.

Dollar Rent A Car

Dollar Rent A Car including Thrifty Rent A Car have an estimated 108,000 USA Hire Cars on the road spread out among 464 locations. Last year’s total revenue was estimated at $1.467 Billion, this years revenue see’s an estimated increase to $1.54 Billion.

Hertz Car Hire

Hertz Rent A Car including Advantage Rent A Car have an estimated 290,000 rental cars in the USA servicing 2300 locations. Last year’s total revenue was estimated at $3.95 Billion, this years revenue see’s an estimated decrease to $4.158 Billion.

Totals

Based on all the estimates there are 1,629,561 Rental Cars servicing 17,254 separate USA pick up points earning an estimated $20.551 Billion for 2010!

I am n0t entirely sure if these figures include the buoyant second hand car sales market, but the figures are an encouraging sign that the car rental industry is back on a secure foundation after what has been an extremely difficult few years.

Regards,

James,

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What To Take On Your Road Trip In The USA

Hi all,

Road trips are extremely popular at the moment  and the USA has some veryroad-trip icon routes to follow, with Route 66 probably being the most famous.

Following on from our recent blog – How to plan a car hire usa road trip I have today put together a list of what to take with you on a road trip.

What to take with you on a road trip

  • Maps - Sat Nav’s are great, but always have a map just in case.
  • Blankets - Even though your first thought of the USA is warm sunshine parts of it, especially at night can be very cold.
  • Warm Clothing - Same as above really.
  • A Torch – self explanatory really, helpful to also pack some spare batteries.
  • First Aid Kit – Like a good boy scout, be prepared!
  • Drinking Water – Recommend amount in a desert is one gallon per day.
  • Mobile Phone - If you’re like me it permanently stuck to you anyway however communication can be key.
  • In Car Charger – As above
  • Oil, Anti Freeze and Petrol – Although the hire cars are serviced and checked regularly, its always a good idea to pack these in case of emergency.
  • Music
  • Cat Litter - Yeah I know, why would you take a cat on a road trip? however its not for the cat its for traction. If you get stuck in mud sprinkle some cat litter round your tire for traction. It also can be used to soak up oil etc
  • A Jack – Blow outs can happen.
  • Tyre Iron – As above
  • Jump Leads
  • Swiss Army Knife

Have I missed anything out?

Tell me about your road trip experiences.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

Aaaagh I’m Snowed In MY Hire Car

Hi all,

With British summer time well and truly behind us and with reports of a snowsnowedin drop heavier than the beginning of this year, I thought it might be a good idea to cover what to do if you a snowed in.

If you are snowbound

  • Do not leave your car – a car is a lot easier to spot than a human. A proper blizzard can totally disorientate, and the wind chill has been known to freeze the skin within seconds.
  • “Help, Help” - Stick a help sign on your windscreen and if possible attach something brightly coloured to the aerial.
  • Running the engine – Try to run the engine for only a couple of minutes at a time, your exhaust pipe can become blocked with snow which can cause monoxide poisoning.
  • Blankets - Curl up in the blankets, because you’ve read this blog you will obviously have packed these for such an occasion.
  • Share body heat - Hug each other.
  • Phone for help  - Call 999 (UK) or 911 (USA)

I think I’ve covered everything, if I haven’t please feel free to comment below.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

usrentacar.co.uk® Launches Dedicated Cape Canaveral Car Hire Site

Hi all,

Today usrentacar.co.uk® has launched the first in a series of dedicated geo-sites in the form of www.cape-canaveral.co.uk.cape canaveral

The site is designed to give customers basic information regarding the popular pick up point and in time will grow to add more detailed local knowledge including hints and tips.

Frank Williams Business Development Director stated “Cape Canaveral is the first in a series of websites we will be launching that we believe will complement our niche market.  Keep checking  our blog for future releases”.

About usrentacar.co.uk®

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk is the largest, car hire USA rental specialist in the UK. Incorporated in 2003 we are one of the pioneers of online car hire brokering. 
With over 500 locations within the U.S., competitive pricing structure and our renowned customer service, it’s no surprise that U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk has quickly becoming one of the industries most recognisable and innovative companies.
We have negotiated fully inclusive prices with some of the largest car rental companies in America, which means that your low cost car rental does not mean a low cost service.

Kind regards,

James

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