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6 Market Predictors for 2014

In their fourth quarter conference calls, Avis Budget Group and Hertz gave an outlook on fleet costs, the used car market, fleet optimization strategies and potential acquisitions. Hertz shed light on the fallout from that excess fleet.

March 26, 2014

In their fourth quarter conference calls, Avis Budget Group and Hertz gave an outlook on fleet costs, the used car market, fleet optimization strategies and potential acquisitions. Hertz shed light on the fallout from that excess fleet.

Tags: Zipcar, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Rental Rates, Used Car Market

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental at the Halfway Point: How Are We Doing?

Looking at the first half of 2013, rates are up and the used car market is down but stabilizing. Pay attention to developments that portend the long-term future of car rental.

August 7, 2013

Looking at the first half of 2013, rates are up and the used car market is down but stabilizing. Pay attention to developments that portend the long-term future of car rental.

Tags: Manheim, Zipcar, Wholesale Market, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Financial Report, Used Car Market, rates, quarterly earnings, Payless Car Rental

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Pricing: Cautious Optimism

The two U.S. public car rental companies both report gains in pricing — finally — though they present different views on the cost scenario for 2013.

March 4, 2013

The two U.S. public car rental companies both report gains in pricing — finally — though they present different views on the cost scenario for 2013.

Tags: Pricing, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Rental Rates, Financial Report

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When the Alternative Goes Mainstream

The Avis offer for Zipcar was inevitable. But is it good?

January 2, 2013

The Avis offer for Zipcar was inevitable. But is it good?

Tags: Zipcar, car sharing, Avis Budget Group, Hertz On Demand

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Five Predictions for Car Rental in 2013

As fleet sales and the used car market finally get back to normal, the land rush for vacated airport locations will produce a ground war on rates.

November 27, 2012

As fleet sales and the used car market finally get back to normal, the land rush for vacated airport locations will produce a ground war on rates.

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, U-Save, Rental Rates, Advantage Rent A Car, Sixt, FTC, FSNA, merger, Fox Rent-A-Car, Franchise Services North America, Macquarie Capital

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Q3 Takeaway: Fleet Costs Will Go Up

Will car rental companies be able to raise prices to compensate?

November 7, 2012

Will car rental companies be able to raise prices to compensate?

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Key Takeaways from the Car Rental Quarterly Reports

Based on the second quarter reports and conference calls from the three public car rental companies, here are some thoughts on rates, Europe, the local market, new remarketing channels and the merger – or lack thereof.

August 6, 2012

Based on the second quarter reports and conference calls from the three public car rental companies, here are some thoughts on rates, Europe, the local market, new remarketing channels and the merger – or lack thereof.

Tags: Remarketing, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, merger, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Rent2Buy, AutoNation

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, August 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Car Rental: First Quarter Analysis and Outlook

A stronger-than-expected used car market is tempered by competitive pricing in the first quarter. But will the trend continue?

May 17, 2012

A stronger-than-expected used car market is tempered by competitive pricing in the first quarter. But will the trend continue?

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

What’s Next for a Hertz Deal for Dollar Thrifty?

With Hertz’s announcement of a potential buyer for Advantage, how will a Dollar Thrifty deal go down, when, and for how much?

May 4, 2012

With Hertz’s announcement of a potential buyer for Advantage, how will a Dollar Thrifty deal go down, when, and for how much?

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, merger, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Advantage Rent-A-Car

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, May 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental: A Tough Year for Pricing?

With 2011 a record revenue year, 2012 could be tough on revenue per day and pricing.

February 24, 2012

With 2011 a record revenue year, 2012 could be tough on revenue per day and pricing.

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Wholesale Market Drives Q3, But Will Record Rental Revenues Last?

The three public car rental companies posted healthy third quarter results last week. While the quarter was characterized by price competition, healthy volumes and fleet rightsizing, the key driver was the used-car market. But what does the future look like?

November 7, 2011

The three public car rental companies posted healthy third quarter results last week. While the quarter was characterized by price competition, healthy volumes and fleet rightsizing, the key driver was the used-car market. But what does the future look like?

Tags: Depreciation, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Financial Report, Used Car Market, Avis Europe, Avis On Location, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, November 7, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Digging Deeper into the Acquisition War

What made Avis decide to publicly announce dropping its bid for Dollar Thrifty?

September 14, 2011

What made Avis decide to publicly announce dropping its bid for Dollar Thrifty?

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Avis, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(-6)

Mother Nature Drives the Market in Q2

The public car rental companies adapted to supply disruptions and an unprecedented used car market while suffering through a “frustrating” merger process.

August 10, 2011

The public car rental companies adapted to supply disruptions and an unprecedented used car market while suffering through a “frustrating” merger process.

Tags: Hertz, Avis, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Avis Budget Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Q1 Car Rental Crystal Ball

How are high fuel prices and the Japan crisis affecting supply and demand for car rental?

May 11, 2011

How are high fuel prices and the Japan crisis affecting supply and demand for car rental?

Tags: Hertz, car sharing, Avis Budget Group, Japan, Used Car Market, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

ACRA Panel: A Rational, Safe Way to Handle Recalls

March 14, 2011

During its panel at the Car Rental Show, the American Car Rental Association board worked through recall legislation, threats to vicarious liability reform and what’s next with no-show fees (let’s start calling them guaranteed reservations).

Tags: vicarious liability, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, ACRA, Recalls, Car Rental Show, Bob Barton, Sharon Faulkner, Frank Colonna, Gil Cygler, Graves Amendment, no-show fees, guaranteed reservations, anti-steering, HR 4175

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

CRS 2011: What Larry De Shon Said

March 11, 2011

De Shon took a holistic look at how technology is reshaping car rental. But it's Avis Budget’s Virtual Car program that has the potential to be an industry game changer.

Tags: Technology, Avis Budget Group, Car Rental Show, Virtual Car, automated car rental

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 3:53 PM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Majors: the 2011 Crystal Ball

March 2, 2011

On their fourth quarter and full-year conference calls last week, the three public car rental companies—Hertz, Avis Budget and Dollar Thrifty—talk merger, prepaid rentals and plans for growth.

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, no-show fee, pre-paid rentals, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, prepaid rentals

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Industry Realignment: What Now?

November 3, 2010

Avis is asking the FTC to bless a merger between four out of the seven major brands. Something has to give.

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, FTC, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, merger

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Avis Releases Car Rental Rate Comparison

September 24, 2010

Analysis ranks weekend pricing for major brands to show how Hertz competes with Dollar and Thrifty through its AAA rate. Will regulators care?

Tags: Hertz, Avis, merger, Avis Budget Group, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, September 24, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Jim Cramer Gets It Wrong Again

October 13, 2009

Cramer blesses Hertz and damns other car rental stocks for the wrong reasons.

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Avis, Budget Rent A Car, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:08 PM | » Comments(1)

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