- Young lazy people might not remember that it wasn’t always necessary to take out a loan to rent a car on weekends. Luckily, after the pandemic years, prices are coming down and there are even deals to be had.
- Signs that the car rental industry is recovering can be found in recent expansion announcements, both on adding new cars to fleets and increasing rental counters in more locations. .
- We’ve found deals from Sixt, Hertz and Avis in case you’re looking for temporary wheels soon.
The car rental world is getting back to normal, sort of. The past few years have introduced us to a host of pandemic-influenced oddities and insanely high prices. Remember when it cost $200 a day to rent a car or that unusual U-Haul hack? But now rental car prices are coming down to earth, and some companies are once again offering deals for your temporary wheels.
Electric vehicles and luxury cars entering the fleet
One way to see how things are going on the upside is recent news about growing capacity. Hertz, for example, announced this week that it will add 2,100 electric vehicles to its Houston fleet, nearly tripling the number of electric vehicles available in the region. Hertz is also building a new fast-charging hub at Houston Hobby Airport. So far this year, Sixt has announced a number of new locations in North America, including Washington, DC, Pittsburgh and Toronto, and said it will announce further expansion plans later this year. In February, peer-to-peer car-sharing service Turo said it was adjusting its maps of where it expects to see growing demand for vacation rentals for its vehicles, with the Carolina coast expected to be l one of those hotspots in 2023.
The revival is also happening globally, with the “skyrocketing” of luxury car rentals in Dubai, for example. Vietnamese conglomerate VinGroup, owner of new electric vehicle brand VinFast, announced earlier this month that it had set up a new joint-stock company called GSM (which stands for Green Smart Mobility) which would focus on vehicle rental VinFast electric scooters as well as VinFast scooter rental. and operation of a taxi service. As you might guess, with all this activity revitalized, there are now deals to be had if you need to rent a car soon. Here are some options that might suit your plans.
sixth is offering midweek and regional deals, plus discounts on luxury vehicles at all of its locations through the end of June. The midweek offer – up to 30% off – is for anyone who starts their rental on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday and ends on Thursday. Or you can choose to get up to 25% off the cost of renting a premium or luxury vehicle or a vehicle in the “extraordinary” category. Some Sixt regional offices also offer offers of up to 25% off. None of these Sixt offers are available between April 2 and April 22, also known as Prime Spring Break travel weeks.
Avis doesn’t have as many deals as Sixt right now, but if you’re spending $175 or more for a rental of three or more days, you can get $15 off.
If you need a car for a week or more, Hertz offers a free day if you rent five days. The company is also offering a discount of up to 30% on your rental if you choose to drive an electric vehicle. Probably worth plugging into.
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Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electric vehicles, hybrids and hydrogen cars since 2006. His articles and car reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Automotive News, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs, Trucks.com, Car Talk and other outlets. His first green car media event was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has followed the move away from gas-powered vehicles and discovered the importance of new technology not just to the auto industry, but to the whole world. . Add to that the recent shift to autonomous vehicles, and there are more interesting changes happening now that most people can’t comprehend. You can find him on Twitter or, on sunny days, driving a new EV.