USA Car Hire Statistics For 2012, Who’s Got What!?

Hi all,

Get your nerd glasses on and prepare for a lesson in who’s got what when it comes to car’s and locations in North America.

The big story of 2012 was of course Hertz’s purchase of Dollar Thrifty which cemented Hertz as the 2nd largest Car Hire USA supplier, but in physical cars, what does it all mean…

In total the U.S. Car Rental market has approximately 1.8 million active cars, the gulf between who actually owns these cars from bottom to top is vast with the top 4 (2012) owning 1.7 million of them!

Here’s the breakdown -

No. of vehicles No. of locations (USA)
Enterprise Holdings (Includes Alamo Rent A Car,Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental) 941,064 6,202
Hertz (Includes Advantage Rent-A-Car) 366,000 2,700
Avis Budget Group 300,000 2,500
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group 122,000 470
Zipcar 8,800 151
Fox Rent A Car 15,000 17
U-Save Auto Rental System Inc 11,500 325
Payless Car Rental System Inc. 11,000 44
ACE Rent A Car 9,000 92
Rent-A-Wreck ofAmerica 5,600 184
Triangle Rent-A-Car 4,000 28
Affordable/Sensible 3,300 180
Independents 60,000 5,400
Total 1,857,264 18,293

*The information above is based on data, public documents, industry research and ARN estimates.

Looking at these compiled stat’s you can see why Hertz’s purchase took so long to go through as the FTC were very concerned about lack of competition in the market place.

Yesterday Avis Budget entered negotiations to purchase car sharing leader Zipcar (shown above to own 8800 vehicles) which will again strengthen the hold the top 3 have on the industry.

More and more now the industry is becoming about relationships, as the top 3 break away for the rest its important to be in the right camp. Car Rental Brokers and Tour Operators may have to look at the smaller car rental companies to stay competitive and offer something different. U.S. Rent A Car is in a unique position where we have great relationships with the top 3 and have the freedom to push whoever is offering the customer best value.

One thing I know for sure, 2013 is going to be interesting…



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One Way Rental Charges To Increase In 2012

Hi all,

As of 2012 car hire USA one rental charges look like they are on the rise.Dollar Rent A Car confirmed yesterday that their top end one rentals; basically any distance over a 1000 miles, will increase from $500.00 to $750.00.

Dollar one way rental charges for 2012

Distance Amount
0 to 200 Miles $50.00
201 to 500 Miles $100.00
501 to 1000 Miles $300.00
Over 1000 Miles $750.00

Other suppliers are thought to be considering altering their own one way rental charges to match Dollar Rent A Car.

Dollar reservations made before the 01/01/12 will be honoured at the current one way rental charges.



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How To Survive Your Summer USA Car Hire

Hi all,

The summer peak season is upon us, which basically equates to BUSY!!! July is by far the busiest time of year in the world of car rental, thousands and thousands of usrentacar customers will collect vehicles over the next few weeks; so after some recent negative press for car hire I thought now would be a good time to just refresh some of you on the collection process.

To collect

To collect your rental you must present the supplier with the following items

  1. Your full driving licence, if you have the new (ish) UK licence you must produce the card part and the paper copy.
  2. credit card (alamobudget dollar) or avisa debit card (alamo & dollar) to leave as security on the vehicle.
  3. Your voucher – either printed from our website ( or via our voucher app, downloaded from the app store or from google Android Market.

Once you have produced the above documentation you will be asked to sign your rental agreement.

Your rental agreement

The rental agreement is the contract between yourself and the supplier (alamo, budget, thrifty or dollar). It will list all the relevant details associated with your car hire. It will also list any additional charges payable locally; for example, one way rental charges, child seats, petrol.

It is imperative that you read and fully understand this rental agreement before you sign it.

Once you have signed this agreement you are legally agreeing to its contents and will not be able to intervene on your behalf for any additional extras.

Local extras

Our suppliers do have the right to offer additional optional extras locally. Your package is sufficient for your rental needs however all suppliers can offer the following.

Upgrades Suppliers may offer you an additional daily rate to upgrade your vehicle to a higher category. Remember that the rate offered maybe subject to local taxes.

Advanced Roadside assistance/roadsafeYour rental comes with basic roadside assistance covering mechanical failure, our suppliers can offer advanced roadside assistance or RoadSafe more information available here

Sunpass/EzipassIs basically a toll pass allowing you to drive through the tolls, Florida is slowly phasing out all manually operated toll booths so this maybe an option some might consider more information available here

Remember these are optional extras and are not required Tip – if you notice after collection that you have signed for something locally we suggest you contact the location immediately and ask them to remove this cost. If you have elected to upgrade your vehicle you will have to return it.

On return

When you return your vehicle some suppliers will provide you with a receipt confirming any amounts due, we advise that you query any charges you do not recognise.

Also remember to check the vehicle for your own belongings as retrieving forgotten items is very difficult.

I hope this quick guide is useful, if you can add to any of the above please feel free to comment below.

Enjoy your car hire



 car hire USA February Catch Up – Podcast

Hi all,

Apologies for the delay but February has been chocker blocked but finally I’m happy to say the latest instalment of the podcast is available to download.

The podcast is a great way to keep up to date with all the news and goings on at and is hosted by our very own Frank Williams

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Remember the podcast is now available to download from Itunes.

If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover please feel free to comment below.



Car Hire USA Glossary – A

Hi all,

USA Car Hire can be very confusing, CDW’s here and CFC’s there! Well to help you through this minefield has put together a glossary of USA car rental terminology starting with A.


additional driver – Any other driver that isn’t the Lead driver.

affiliates – An affiliate is any website owner who has signed up to our affiliate scheme.

airport fee’s – Charges applied to you for collecting from an airport.

airport collection – Means your car hire is collected on the airport.

alamo rent a car – America’s No.1 car rental supplier.

alamo save time – Helps you speed up you collection upon arrival by supplying information before you go. Pre-registration.

ALI – Additional liability insurance, includes uninsured motorist protection.

amendments fee’s – A charge levied by for amendments made after booking.

ask arnie – Intelligent FAQ system.

arnie – arnie is the mascot.

Have I missed any A’s out?



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