5 Car Rental Myths Debunked

Learn the truth behind some common car rental myths and why not all programs are created equally

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Although car rental is a mature category, industry changes affecting rates, fees and technology cause procurement and travel to review their contracts every few years. The category is ripe with opportunities for increased cost savings and employee satisfaction, but there can be resistance to change. Employees get comfortable using the same provider and travel managers fall victim to the belief that all suppliers offer the same benefits.

The problem, though, is that not all car rental partners and programs are created equally.

In this post we expose the truths behind some common car rental myths through the lens of our car rental partner, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental. If you are looking for ways to change minds at your organization and bring home more savings, keep reading.


Myth 1

Due to fleet size and management, sell-out situations are inevitable.

Did you know?

A strategic fleet distribution approach and the financial strength to buy a large enough fleet to support business can prevent these situations. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental is the largest car rental company in the world with a global fleet of nearly 2 million vehicles and over 50% of the total US car rental market.


Myth 2

If you aren’t near an airport, renting a car gets a lot more complicated.

Did you know?

Renting from a suburban location can be easy when you are part of a car rental loyalty program. Local deliveries also ease the process and you can see high savings when renting vs. being reimbursed for miles. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental has the most off-airport locations, currently at 6,000 and all of these locations are company-owned.


Myth 3

It‘s nearly impossible to ensure a consistent and positive travel experience for all employees across the globe.

Did you know?

Global loyalty programs and providers who control their global locations help provide renters with a similar experience no matter where they rent. With brands in more than 85 countries around the world, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental expanded their global network to include more than 9,600 fully staffed locations. And, during FY2016 they added franchise locations in 15 countries. Also, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands have been awarded the top three spots in the J.D. Power best car rental company in North America each year over the last 5 years.


Myth 4

Rental car companies don’t take environmental concerns seriously enough.

Did you know?

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental issues an annual Sustainability Report and is the only international car rental company to issue a report in accordance with GRI G4 Core Guidelines (Global Reporting Initiative).


Myth 5

With a GPO approach to car rental, you only get access to one-size fits all program.

Did you know?

A GPO partnership is not only based on long-term cost savings, but Corporate United put in place a program that considers total cost of ownership and allows for customization. Participating members reduce costs by choosing their most heavily rented locations, add delivery services specific to their offices and determine if additional car classes and truck rentals are needed for their program.

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And, the benefits don’t stop there.

Visit our car rental category page to learn more about our program and the oversight a GPO can provide, and then contact us to get started.


Katie Virtue: Director, Category Management, Travel at Corporate United
As part of Category Management Team, Katie Virtue is focused on carrying out Category Lifecycle Management efforts across CU’s indirect spend offerings. She oversees the Travel vertical, including Car Rental, Travel Management, Meetings & Events Management and Corporate Housing Solutions. Katie works with members to evaluate CU’s offerings and to bring them a unique experience while collaborating with suppliers to achieve mutual partnership goals. She previously worked in the consulting industry focused on business continuity projects.