Norway, Iceland Named Most Expensive European Destinations to Hire a Car

The Norwegian cities of Oslo and Trondheim and Reykjavik, Iceland, ranked as the most expensive cities to rent cars in Europe, according to a survey by CheapCarRental.net. The survey compared car rental prices for 50 destinations across Europe during August 2017. Each city’s main airport served as the pick-up and drop-off point. In Trondheim, visitors […]
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Localiza Launches Self-Service Rental Program

Localiza, a South American rental car company, has launched Localiza Fast, a self-service car rental process through a mobile app. The self-service went through a test period carried out with customers selected in specific Localiza locations at airports of Confins (Belo Horizonte), Congonhas, and Guarulhos (Sao Paulo). Localiza Fast is now available to Localiza customers […]
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Manheim Improves Vehicle Valuation Tool

Manheim has updated its vehicle valuation tool, the Manheim Market Report (MMR), to provide more detailed valuations of used vehicles to increase transparency and improve the remarketing process, the company announced. The tool gains four major improvements, including Adjusted MMR, OEM build data, a more intuitive interface, and a new Valuations API. The Adjusted MMR […]
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DriveNow Customers Can Use Amazon Alexa to Reserve Vehicles

DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture of the BMW Group and Sixt SE, has announced the launch of its skill for Amazon Alexa. DriveNow customers who own Alexa devices, such as Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, can use voice commands to reserve nearby vehicles and get details on their car and reservation time. The DriveNow Skill […]
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Safety Tech: Crash Avoidance or Sensory Overload?

Step into any new car, and a host of technologies are at your fingertips. It’s sensory overload to the point of potential distraction. This is ironic, knowing that some of those features are designed to keep you from crashing. Keeping drivers safe is a given. But for fleet operators, economic realities must be weighed when […]
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Do You Know Where Your Cars Are?

For car rental operators new to telematics, the idea of installing a system to track rental vehicles represents another considerable expense. Ask most operators already using telematics, and they’ll tell you their systems are invaluable. “When you have a large fleet, it’s a considerable cost,” says Jen Toth, manager of an Avis, Budget, and Payless […]
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Do You Know Who Your Renters Are?

While working for a Dollar franchise, Jennifer Romanowski-Sullivan remembers getting a call from the manager of the Philadelphia location about missing vehicles. “Within a month, we had a bizarre rate of cars going missing,” she says. “Renters were disappearing. They would come in and Hire a car for one to two days and everything would […]
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How to Protect Your Business From Security Threats

Any small- to medium-sized car rental operator will say it’s crucial to protect rental customer information, especially with all of the hacking of personal information that seems to make daily headlines. “In addition to protecting customers’ data, cybersecurity is also important to protect a company’s reputation,” says Jason Harker, head of IT at Dollar Thrifty’s […]
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Auto Rental Summit is New, Again

Auto Rental Summit — the conference dedicated to “people, process, and profits” — moves to Miami for the first time with a roster of new speakers and an inaugural add-on event dedicated to smart mobility solutions for fleets. “Auto Rental Summit will celebrate its sixth anniversary this year, though you could call it a brand-new […]
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Duck or Unicorn: When is a Hire car Not a Hire car?

ACRA believes that all companies in the business of renting motor vehicles to consumers for a profit must abide by the same set of rules and pay the same taxes and fees. There is an old saying that if something walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and goes “quack” repeatedly, chances are you […]
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