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Deconstructing the 2015 International Car Rental Show

We’re opening a much bigger umbrella today, drawing car rental companies — and mobility providers — from all corners of the globe.

We’re opening a much bigger umbrella today, drawing car rental companies — and mobility providers — from all corners of the globe. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:51 PM | » Comments(0)

Auto Recalls: A Return to Normalcy in 2015?

Don’t count on it.

Don’t count on it. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:56 PM | » Comments(0)

What Makes a Good Dealership Rental Manager?

Car dealerships thinking about starting a rental program should consider these seven points before making their first key decision, hiring a rental manager.

Car dealerships thinking about starting a rental program should consider these seven points before making their first key decision, hiring a rental manager. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:11 PM | » Comments(1)

5 Work Truck Trends (and One Game-Changing Innovation)

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry.

This new propane auto gas dispenser makes propane refueling as easy as pumping retail gasoline.

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG Conversions, CNG, Hybrid Trucks

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Gaining Insight beyond the Quarterly Headlines

Digging deeper into the most recent public statements by Avis Budget Group and Hertz reveal direction on the market, including growing the deep-discount segment, ancillary sales drivers, Hertz’s ship-righting and Zipcar’s first franchise (you heard correctly). READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Avis Budget Group, Quarterly Report, Hertz Global Holdings Inc., Ancillary Revenue

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:25 PM | » Comments(0)

Is the U.S. Heading to Calif.-like Emissions Standards?

New federal air quality rules will affect hundreds more counties across the country, and fleets are in the cross hairs. Is your area on the list?

The federal government is tightening the Clean Air Act, and the new standards may affect fleets in as many as 558 counties.

New federal air quality rules will affect hundreds more counties across the country, and fleets are in the cross hairs. Is your area on the list? READ MORE

Tags: CARB, SCAQMD, EPA, NOx, Clean Air Act, Diesel Particulate Filter, ozone

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:13 AM | » Comments(1)

6 Growing Transportation Problems - and Potential Solutions

They may not affect car rental today, but they will. Will you be part of the solution?

They may not affect car rental today, but they will. Will you be part of the solution? READ MORE

Tags: Car Sharing, Lyft, Uber, Shared-Use Mobility, Ride Sharing, bike sharing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 1:41 PM | » Comments(1)

Are 4x4 Pickups Worth the Extra Cost?

Fuel economy numbers, resale data and fleet use data dispel some commonly held beliefs when it comes to four-wheel drive pickups versus their two-wheel drive counterparts.

Fuel economy numbers, resale data and fleet use data dispel some commonly held beliefs when it comes to four-wheel drive pickups versus their two-wheel drive counterparts. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:29 AM | » Comments(1)

Dangerous Precedent in Airport Negotiations

Some concession agreements now include “loss-of-use recovery” toward gross receipts — essentially equating it to revenues.

Some concession agreements now include “loss-of-use recovery” toward gross receipts — essentially equating it to revenues. READ MORE

Tags: Loss of Use, airport fees, damage claims, concessions agreement, Koenig v. PurCo

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:47 AM | » Comments(1)

Big Government versus the Small Operator

The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow.

The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow. READ MORE

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Medium-Duty Trucks, California Air Resources Board, Diesel Particulate Filter

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:01 AM | » Comments(2)

Confessions of a Renter — Me

Mind you, I never took the CDW to be able to play smash-up derby with a rental car, nor did I rob a bank with one. But there are stories. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:45 AM | » Comments(5)

Can You Imagine A World without Rental Counters?

It’s easy if you try.

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:51 PM | » Comments(0)

New Calif. Diesel Regulations — Got Compliance?

If you’re running 20-year-old fleet vehicles in California, you may be faced with replacing those vehicles. Fleets have until Jan. 31 to file for an extension.

If you’re running 20-year-old fleet vehicles in California, you may be faced with replacing those vehicles. Fleets have until Jan. 31 to file for an extension. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 10:30 AM | » Comments(1)

Is Uber a Threat to Car Rental?

A new survey finds that ride-sharing customers are willing to replace both traditional car rental and car sharing with ride sharing. READ MORE

Tags: Car Sharing, car2go, Ride Sharing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 9:30 AM | » Comments(2)

5 Predictions for Car Rental in 2015

Next year’s mechanics hinge on plentiful new car supply and a softening used car market. READ MORE

Tags: Vans, Rental Rates, Used Car Market, Vehicle Recalls

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, December 8, 2014 2:09 PM | » Comments(1)

Premieres and Trends at the LA Auto Show

The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show featured less green-speak and more driving excitement aimed at younger buyers. Get ready for more compact crossovers, as Mazda, Honda, Fiat, Volkswagen and Scion launch brand-new models next year.

The 2016 Volvo XC90 is Volvo's most important launch in years. Its front fascia design will carry over to other models, Volvo says

The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show featured less green-speak and more driving excitement aimed at younger buyers. Get ready for more compact crossovers, as Mazda, Honda, Fiat, Volkswagen and Scion launch brand-new models next year. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Hertz’s Earnings News: Rapid Reaction

Hertz will be on an accelerated buying and selling schedule in the next six months. How might that affect the market? READ MORE

Tags: Repurchase Programs, Used Car Market, Hertz Global Holdings Inc., Audit Committee, Financial Statements

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, November 14, 2014 4:07 PM | » Comments(0)

Assessing the Plusses and Minuses of Today’s Market

Ricky Beggs presents at the Auto Rental Summit's Fleet Jam Session, which also included a panel discussion on fleet funding, sales and remarketing. Photo by Amy Winter

The 2014 Auto Rental Summit was a great place to assess the state of the car rental market, both the good and the bad. READ MORE

Tags: Residual Values, Auto Rental Summit, J.D. Power and Associates Rental Car Satisfaction, Rental Car Industry, Vehicle Recalls

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 2:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Can Leasing Work for High-Mileage Fleets?

“I run high miles on my vans, so leasing isn’t for me,” is a common refrain — from the uneducated small-fleet administrator. READ MORE

Tags: Vehicle Leasing, Closed-End Leases, High Mileage Vehicles, Commercial Fleet Leasing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:48 AM | » Comments(1)

Managing the Social Media Rant

How do you handle customer service when those Really Angry Customers now have a much bigger megaphone?

How do you handle customer service when those Really Angry Customers now have a much bigger megaphone? READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:53 AM | » Comments(0)

The Shape of ACE to Come

In an exclusive interview, Dick Radzis and Charlie Mullen talk about the sale of their corporate locations to Avis Budget Group, discuss the company’s plans for the ACE Rent A Car brand and more.

Dick Radzis talks to investors at the 2014 Car Rental Show.

In an exclusive interview, Dick Radzis and Charlie Mullen talk about the sale of their corporate locations to Avis Budget Group, discuss the company’s plans for the ACE Rent A Car brand and more. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:41 AM | » Comments(4)

Have the Workplace Violence Conversation Now

The murder of a driver supervisor at a UPS facility last week marks a good time to address workplace violence — a subject that gets little attention before an incident has occurred.

The murder of a driver supervisor at a UPS facility last week marks a good time to address workplace violence — a subject that gets little attention before an incident has occurred. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:06 AM | » Comments(0)

7 New Media Marketing Strategies from Silvercar

Your customers are your best salespeople. Do you know how to get them to tell other people about you?

Your customers are your best salespeople. Do you know how to get them to tell other people about you? READ MORE

Tags: Social Media, marketing/promotions, Silvercar, Uber, Social Media Contest

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:22 AM | » Comments(0)

What Hertz Needs in a New CEO

With Mark Frissora’s departure, Hertz can concentrate on the future.

With Mark Frissora’s departure, Hertz can concentrate on the future. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Financial Report, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Mark Frissora, Scott Thompson

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:55 PM | » Comments(11)

Data Metrics Expose the Small Fleet Challenge

For our readers who run small fleets, can you guess what percentage have “fleet” in their job title? READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Managers, Small Fleets

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:11 PM | » Comments(0)

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