Car Rental Consultant

The car rental market is growing. Are you?

With the global car rental market now worth more than 100 billion USD and growing, the industry is good shape considering the impact that Covid had on the business just a few short years ago.


Competition between brands at all levels is intense, and it's as important as ever to work hard to reach, attract and retain customers.

But with the increase in on-demand ride-hailing such as Uber, ride-sharing and the emergence of self-driving cars, many car rental companies are being innovative in finding new ways to meet changing demands.

Car Rental Consultant

No longer do customers simply choose when and when they want a car, select the car which suits their needs and budget, then buy. What if the customer is a young driver, or needs child seats, GPS or snow tyres? What if they want insurance excess waiver, to add a second driver, or have their vehicle delivered at the start of their rental?

What if you want to offer discounted promotions which only run for a limited time, and are restricted to specific vehicles, locations and for weekend rentals only? What if...?

The list of variants is endless, so what is the best way to handle them? The reality is that those car hire companies who do the best job at catering for varied customer needs are more likely to succeed.

How can you ensure that your business reaches it’s goals, and is more competitive and customer focused?

Some outsourced help from an experienced car rental consultant could be the answer.

Ensure that your business reaches it’s goals, and is more competitive and customer focused.

Car Rental Consultant

Global Car Rental Market Growth

Statista's Car Rentals - Worldwide report shows how the car rental market has recovered after the impact of Covid, and is predicted to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Car rental market graph by Statista Market Insights

And according to Mordor Intelligence: The Car rental market accounted for USD 119.28 billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 223.07 billion by 2027, projecting a CAGR of more than 11% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027).

Whichever way you look at it, the global car rental market is in good shape. However, the growth of the market is not good news if you're not in a position to at least keep pace with your competition and take advantage of the opportunities which are out there.


Diverse Car Rental Markets

The world of car rental consists of many large and well established global corporations such as Hertz, Avis, Sixt and Enterprise, along with thousands of independent businesses and franchises, offering more than just cars for rent.

It's not only cars...

Vans, motorcycles and other forms of self-drive transportation are also available to book online, and some companies also provide chauffeur drive services for those customers who simply want to be driven between locations instead of hiring a self-drive vehicle.

From car hire to motorcycle hire, long term leasing and short term van rentals, the online vehicle rental market is buoyant, but under a lot of competition from other forms of transportation options.

From cars to motorcycles and van rentals, the online rental market is buoyant!

Car Rental Consultant

Many of these global corporations provide a means of customers booking vehicles in countries around the world via localised branded websites in the native language of that customer, and their reservation platforms extend beyond the website to provide customer service teams and 3rd party booking channels with real time access to vehicle availability and pricing.

They also need to meet the needs, requirements, laws and regulations of where the customer is booking from, and the country where the customer intends to drive the car.


The Source country (where the customer is resident) would not only determine which currency to display prices, but could influence other things such as whether opting-in to mailing lists, etc., can be pre-selected where the customer would need to take action to opt out, or require manual consent to opt in.

The Destination country (where rental pickup location is) could influence things such as age restrictions, winter or snow tyre use, child seat size/age ranges, driving permits required, etc.

There may also be combined criteria which apply to specific source and destination countries. An example is the way the rules changed during Brexit, and the UK was no longer part of the EU. Overnight this impacted the requirements for UK citizens travelling into the EU, and EU travelling into the UK.

In addition...

  • There may be age restrictions which vary from country to country, and can not only affect the price, but the customers eligibility to drive certain vehicles.
  • Ancillaries, insurances, child seats and other add-ons can vary between countries.
  • There may be different methods of paying for the rental, which can include pre-payment (often at a discounted rate) or pay on collection.
  • Currency conversions will need to be factored in, and fluctuations in exchange rates can affect the final price.
  • Loyalty schemes, promotional offers, corporate discounts, partner affiliations, and many other variations can impact how a reservation system handles different customer types and their needs.
  • There may be surcharges based on where the rental location is situated, and other mandatory charges and taxes which will need to be communicated to the customer.
  • Some rentals may be impacted by seasonal conditions such as snow. In some countries snow tyres and snow chains may be advisory or even mandatory depending on the country, dates and conditions.
  • The company might offer a delivery and collection service where the car is taken to the customer and picked up at the end of the reservation, and all of these variations of customer and reservation type can have variations in the terms of amending or cancelling a reservation.

So the scope and possibilities within the global car rental market is incredibly varied, but not all companies who provide such a range of options handle those variations well.

Local Car Rental Markets

Independent car rental companies often operate in local markets, also referred to as domestic markets.

In most cases this means that their business caters for customers renting within a single country, or in some cases they might cover a region or a group of islands such as the Canary Islands or the Balearics.

There is a relative simplicity to this approach, because the complexities of complying with differences in international laws and regulations do not need to be factored into the booking platform, and reservations are often made in a single currency.

Car Rental Franchisee Support

Some car rental companies who operate in a domestic market become franchises of one the larger brands. That can also mean inclusion of their rental locations and vehicles on the main reservation platform of the larger brand, which has the potential to increase the chance of inbound reservations from international customers.

Individual brands have their own processes and criteria for franchise agreements. Many franchisees who go through this process often already have an existing website, but need to be on-boarded onto the core web platform of the major brand. They'll then undergo a process of translation implementation and content management and localisation (adding information, promotions, etc) before their existing website address (domain name) is switched to point to their newly established presence on the main reservation platform.

Background and Experience

My own career in car rental e-commerce began in September 2000, when I was invited to join Hertz after a 4 year period of producing websites freelance for small businesses. I then spent more than 20 years with Hertz Europe and Hertz International covering all aspects of global car rental e-commerce, including:

  • development of their web core platform.
  • onboarding many franchisees in their native languages.
  • managing a number of corporate partner websites for several airline partners.
  • overseeing the implementation of payment validation process (3D Secure for Verified by Visa and Mastercard SecureCode)
  • handling the development and launch of a portal with Hertz's partnership with loyalty scheme providers, where loyalty points could be earned and used towards the cost of a car rental.
  • managing and implementing methods of handling international compliance to satisfy the requirements of the CMA, EU Commission, and compliance authorities in the US, Canada, Australia, etc.
Hertz Head Office, Estero, Florida

What I can offer

In two words: experience and expertise

Depending on your needs, your business, your market and the reservation platform you use, I can offer services from advice, guidance, analysis, planning, project management and testing.

  • You might intend to develop your existing reservation platform, or move to a new platform for a number of reasons.
  • You might be generally happy with your current platform, but aware that there may be a few problems to solve and improvements to make.
  • You might be wondering why the number of visitors to your website is low, or why people drop off without booking.

An initial free conversation over email, phone or Zoom could help us to understand what your goals, objectives, ideas or painpoints are, so feel free to reach out. It will cost you nothing and you might come away with some ideas and even a plan.

Confidentiality

Whilst bringing in a car rental consultant has its advantages, it is completely understandable if you're concerned that confidential information could be shared between companies who use the same consultant.

Trust and discretion are paramount, so let me assure you that:

  • All work is undertaken in the strictest confidence
  • NDAs are welcome
  • No plans, projects, processes or company information is shared or discussed between clients, nor made public in any way.

Reviews and Testimonials

I had the pleasure of working with Daron on countless projects with numerous stakeholders, and all projects were delivered with top notch requirements and testing.
(T.K. via LinkedIn)

Read the full review and more of my personal reviews and testimonials and feel free to get in touch if you think I can help.

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