Global Vehicle Renting & Leasing Industry
The vehicle renting & leasing industry is a part of the automotive service sector.
The global car rental sector can be divided into two main categories: insurance replacement rentals and other general rentals. The insurance replacement sector is involved in renting vehicles to people who have lost their own vehicles through accident, breakdown or theft. The general sector encompasses both airport and non-airport segments, and covers companies renting cars mostly to business and leisure travelers.
As the car rental industry is not guided by regulatory standards, it is not tied to generalized business patterns, reports Global Industry Analysts. Companies, therefore, are aiming simply to boost revenue when devising a set of rules to follow. Customers can be at a disadvantage concerning price and service due to the unregulated nature of this system, and tend to research local agencies and consult online offers to find the best rental prices.
Regional Market Share
- The car rental sector continues to record strong growth in developed countries, with the US dominating the global rental industry, followed by the EU and other developed markets, reports Koncept Analytics. Growth potential in emerging markets like Brazil, China, and India bodes well for continued industry development.
- IBISWORLD predicts the US car rental market will generate revenue of almost $31 billion in 2012, representing a yearly decline of around 0.5%. It is expected to witness almost 6% expansion in 2012, pointing to a good level of recovery. Larger companies draw on significant marketing budgets to promote brand recognition and relationships with hotels and airlines to increase market share. On the other hand, smaller outfits tend to focus their efforts on a specific market or geographic zone. Market concentration should grow over the next five-year period as smaller outfits merge with other local players.
- Brazil’s car rental sector is being fuelled by a growing tourism industry, with increased passenger flow at airports and infrastructure improvements to cater to both domestic and inbound tourism. Another factor favorable to growth in the Brazilian car rental industry is access to long-term financing and growth in the business tourist sector, reports BRICDATA. Obstacles to market growth include inferior infrastructure at airports, and state and local roads. In global terms, Brazil ranks seventh among car manufacturers and tenth in terms of the size of its car fleet.
- China’s car rental market is driven by the country’s tourism sector, development of international airports and investment in infrastructure, reports BRICDATA. The majority of the country’s car rental outfits are local companies focusing on a specific geographic region. Many are taxi operators that have moved into the realm of car rental to diversify their business activity. Rising levels of disposable income are also contributing to industry performance. Rising interest rates represent an obstacle to market growth in China.
- In India, the car rental industry is set to rise in tandem with growth in the country’s tourism sector. Much of the car rental sector’s revenues are generated from low-budget rentals, enabled by cheap labor, reports BRICDATA.
- Russia’s car rental market is highly competitive, with small and large outfits covering large geographical regions. BRICDATA predicts demand from business tourists and domestic customers will continue to rise. Foreigners constitute a significant proportion of car rental customers in India.
- The four leading companies currently operating in the global car rental market are Dollar Thrifty, Enterprise, Avis Budget and Hertz.
Online rental constitutes a significant trend underway in the world car rental industry, reports Global Industry Analysts. Car rental outfits are seizing the opportunity to grow their market share through online transactions by offering customers easy-to-use online booking tools and payment options. Over the coming years, car rental companies will respond to consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly driving options by providing natural-gas, hybrid low-emission and electric cars.
Koncept Analytics predicts the global car rental industry will continue to witness growth due to increasing business and leisure travel. The recent trend of low corporate pricing seen throughout the industry is set to make the market increasingly competitive.
Leading Industry Associations
- American Car Rental Association www.acraorg.com
- British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association www.bvrla.co.uk
- Car Rental Council of Ireland www.carrentalcouncil.ie
- European Federation of Leasing Company Associations www.leaseurope.org
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