STARTING A CAR RENTAL BUSINESS


Challenge your business model. Take the time to look at your vehicles, customers, market, rates, technology, the people operating your business, and think about all the possibilities.

Ask yourself some questions: Does my business model work today? Has it become stagnant? Has my market position eroded? Do I want to build the asset value of the company, then get out? Have a plan and constantly challenge it.

 Be obsessed with numbers. “Those companies that are obsessed with numbers have the best shot at success.

Take the time to look at every possible benchmark, including, but certainly not limited to, revenue per user, utilization, average length of rental, reservation build and earnings.

 Scrutinize your P & Ls. Know what you did this time last month, this time last year, this time three years ago.

Know your fleet and your customers. Don’t let the deals drive your decision. Instead, let your customers dictate your fleet. car.
What will customers pay? Test a rate class and see.

Keep your fleet costs in check or the business will fail. It’s your greatest opportunity to make money and your greatest risk.

Also, have a 12-month fleet plan that is constantly moving out 12 months. Change it to meet the demands of the constantly evolving rental market, travel industry, economic climate and the aftermarket.

When acquiring a vehicle, know when, where and how you’re going to dispose of it. If the aftermarket wants bells and whistles and a pretty color, get them.

Whatever it is, have a disposal plan.
Manage risk. Dedicated people in the risk area will pay for themselves many, many times over.

 How much time do you spend on subrogation? Do you let your insurance company worry about it? Do you follow up on it? “In theory, good money can be made buying and selling vehicles.

Don’t neglect sales and marketing. Without sales and marketing, you’re just another rental company. Define what makes your business unique. That’s what you’re merchandising, and you’ve got to make your customers aware of that distinction. Your business’ unique characteristics provide opportunities to draw the customer to you and pay more.
Look for marketing alliances. If you’ve got a large hotel next door, propose a deal. Refer customers to the hotel, and have them refer business to you.

Put a brochure together that talks about your alliance with the hotel, or put a phone in the hotel that dials your location. Be the rental car agency for the local convention center.see.

Fight for the lowest fleet finance interest rate. Every 1% you save has an enormous impact on your bottom line. Use your sources, friends and colleagues to find it. Meet as many lenders as possible. Once you get that 1%, start looking for the next one.
Provide full disclosure to your customers. The customer should acknowledge anything special or unique about your rental agreement. Penalties must be clear to the customer. At the end of the day, it’s your word against the customer’s.

Above all continue to challenge yourself and challenge your business model. Business is fluid — your operations must be as well.

I came across this website travelauto.com, and found to be interesting review portal, which was listing all ranges of companies and allowing me to get in touch with the car rental service provider. Good thing is I was able to get better deal and good service. Probably I think it's when you deal directly with the company you will get better prices.



 Covering Your Assets
Exotic car rental operators must go above and beyond the usual safeguards to ensure they’re renting to reputable clients.
Gotham Dream Cars does a criminal background check, a driving record check and a credit check. The company also takes a $10,000 security deposit on top.

Specialty Rental Cars does not do a criminal background check. The company makes sure the actual credit card is swiped, and takes a deposit of $1,500 to $5,000.

Rent-A-Vette takes a thumbprint and a scanned copy of the driver’s license. The deposit is equal to a day’s rental.
All three operators have GPS tracking systems installed in their vehicles. All operators require renters to provide proof of insurance for the value of the exotic vehicle, and stipulate that the renter’s insurance is primary.

The Insurance Catch-22
Operators say insurance considerations are the one of the biggest hindrances to entering the exotic car rental business.
Many exotic car rental operators finance their cars, necessitating a third-party insurance policy, as opposed to—gulp—self-insuring. Yet very few carriers insure the ultra-exotics such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris. (Petherbridge says only two companies in the country cover the very high-end exotics.) Rates are high. Third-party collision damage waivers simply aren’t available on the ultra-exotics, meaning operators must put their own policies at risk.
That leaves rental companies in a Catch-22: though they must pay high insurance rates, two or three claims can cancel the policy.
However, like Lehmann-Haupt’s nightmare after Christmas in 2004, extended battles with the renter’s insurance carrier are all too common.
“We work closely with several of the well-known damage collection companies,” Lehmann-Haupt says. “We have to go after our clients. With our insurance rates as exorbitant as they are; if we file claims [our rates] are just going to go through the roof.”

Buying and Selling – The Challenge of Depreciation
Part of being a successful exotic rental car operator is knowing how and when to purchase and remarket vehicles.
Lehmann-Haupt adds to the fleet with sufficient customer demand. He recently got a call from a guy who wanted to go to Atlantic City but needed room for his buddies and their girlfriends. He couldn’t fulfill the request. Realizing highline four-seaters were lacking in his fleet, Lehmann-Haupt bought the comparatively roomy Bentley.
“Every car fits a profile,” he says. “I don’t get two cars that compete with each other. The guy renting the Aston Martin is not the guy renting the Ferrari F430; they’re different customers.”
“We have good relationships with dealerships that offer us new cars for wholesale prices,” says Lehmann-Haupt. “They know we’re repeat customers, and that the cars we purchase from them are rolling advertisements.”
Lehmann-Haupt says he generally purchases new vehicles, though buying a new exotic comes with a warning tag: it can depreciate by $100,000 in one year. He replaces vehicles on a car-by-car basis through private channels and selling to customers “who fell in love with the vehicle they rented.”
Petherbridge typically buys year-old cars and keeps them while they are still under warranty. He remarkets many vehicles through the company’s dealership.
At Rent-A-Vette, Kiland buys both new and low-mileage used vehicles, and sells them at around 30,000 miles while they are still under warranty. To get them to market, he works with brokers, goes to auctions and also sells them himself.
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1.                      Frank Rawlings [ September 8, 2013 @ 12:27PM ]
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Thanks,
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23.                Scott [ June 21, 2015 @ 07:59AM ]
Does anyone know what two insurance companies offer the policies for rental fleet insurance for exotic car rentals. It doesn't mention the names of the companies in the article. "Yet very few carriers insure the ultra-exotics such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris. (Petherbridge says only two companies in the country cover the very high-end exotics.)"
24.                NABEEL MALIK [ June 21, 2015 @ 09:07PM ]
I am looking to start an exotic rental car business in the DC area. I have the funds and credit ready. I would greatly appreciate any advice on the challenges I will face. Also if there is network, I would love to be part of it. Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with anyone.
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Nabeel Malik...sorry about that, my phone had changed it by autocorrect.
27.                Kyle E [ July 8, 2015 @ 05:52PM ]
Is leasing cars to start a fleet possible, or only purchasing, due to sublease issues in a lease contract?
28.                Joe [ July 13, 2015 @ 08:19PM ]
Looking to start a company of exotic car and yachts Nationwide. I'm in the Midwest area looking for to partner up with the right people. I'm looking to cater to celebrity and your average Joe.
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I live in the largest city in the country that does not have an exotic car rental company and I am looking to start one. I have everything done, business plan, location, terms and all. I am seeking an investor to join me so i can get started. If anyone is interested in this untapped market contact me at mechanicaltanker@gmail.com
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Let me know if anyone is looking to partner up. Ive been doing research for quite some time and have been looking to get into it. jay.witt23@gmail.com