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The Importance Of Car Transport Services For Vehicle Rental Companies
The Importance Of Car Transport Services For Vehicle Rental Companies

The car rental industry is a big business – and it had a market value of more than $36.5 billion in 2020 alone. But behind the scenes, vehicle rental companies often must work closely with car transport services to meet customer expectations, ship cars, and provide the highest level of service to each client. Let’s discuss the importance of shipping vehicles for car rental companies now. 

Why Do Vehicle Rental Companies Need Car Transport Services?

There are a number of different reasons that vehicle rental companies may need car transport services. They may need to ship vehicles to replace old cars and refresh their stock, ship a certain type of car – like a sedan – to a particular location to meet consumer demand, or use shipping services to help buy and sell rental vehicles. 

  • Refreshing vehicle stock – Most rental cars are used for between 4 to 22 months, with an average of about 13 months. That means that each year, they turn over nearly 93% of their inventory of vehicles. Vehicles that are in high demand, like SUVs and sedans, are typically replaced more frequently than utility vehicles like box trucks and moving vans. 

    Because of this, vehicle rental companies often must send new cars to a particular rental location from their headquarters or from the manufacturer’s lot – and car transport service companies typically handle these jobs. 

  • Meeting consumer demand at a particular location – Car rental companies often allow you to drop off a vehicle at any location they operate, which can lead to imbalances of available vehicles. 

    For example, a car rental business in Orlando, Florida may have 10 sedans available – but only a handful of SUVs or minivans for rent, which could harm their ability to rent to large families going to Disney World or other vacation destinations. The company could send some of the sedans to a different location – one that’s short on sedans – and get more large, family vehicles to rent out to customers, balancing consumer demand and available vehicles.

  • Buying or selling rental vehicles – Most car rental companies will sell the vehicles they stop using –  either to individual buyers, or to large used car dealerships like CarMax. Car transport services are essential to the logistics of this process, and allow the vehicles to be sent to their final destination after a sale.

    Similarly, they frequently buy new cars, so they may need to ship a recently-purchased vehicle from a dealership or manufacturer to a particular rental location. Again, hiring a car carrier shipping service is the best way to do this.

How Much Do Vehicle Rental Companies Pay For Car Transport Services?

In most cases, vehicle rental companies will pay less for car transport services than individual consumers. There are a few reasons for this – including access to commercial rates, discounts for customer loyalty, and the lower cost of shipping multiple cars at once. 

  • Commercial shipping ratesCommercial car shipping customers like vehicle rental companies get lower overall rates than individual consumers, in most cases, thanks to economies of scale. Car shippers know that vehicle rental companies are great, loyal customers – and are willing to price their services accordingly.
  • Loyalty and customer retention benefits – Some vehicle rental companies may offer further discounts for large vehicle rental companies – especially if they ship more than a certain number of cars per year. This helps increase customer loyalty and boosts customer retention for car shippers.
  • Multi-car shipment discounts – Shipping one, two, or more cars to the same location on the same truck leads to big discounts, in most cases. Vehicle rental companies often ship multiple cars at once, so this leads to a lower overall cost per car.

Need Car Transport Services For A Vehicle Rental Company? Get Help Today! 

At A-1 Auto Transport, we work with some of the best car shippers in the US. If you own or manage a large vehicle rental company and are looking to get the best rates while shipping cars between your facilities, we’re here to help. Contact us online or call us at  (800) 452-2880 to tell us more about your situation, and see how A-1 Auto Transport can help you save on the quality shipping services you need.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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