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Car Rental Shortage and Higher Cost in Ireland (Report) 2010

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Car Rental Shortage and Higher Cost in Ireland (Report) 2010

This article from today's Irish Times describes a recent report on the Car Rental Industry in Ireland: including a 'crippling shortage of rental cars' ..... 'having a negative impact on business for airlines, hotels and tour operators'.... ... 'problems with a shortage of cars with automatic transmission'....

Relative higher costs in Ireland: ......'the cost of renting a small manual car for a week in Ireland was about €400, compared to €210 in Scotland, a competitor country, and could rise as high as €700 this year'....

Read all about it: http://tinyurl.com/yejqv26

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1. Re: Car Rental Shortage and Higher Cost in Ireland (Report) 2010

I don't know that anyone has gone without a car, possibly not the one they wanted and probably not the automatic they wanted. The car hire business in Ireland has to cut its cloth just like the rest of the public service type operations. I know the opperating costs are higher than UK so hire costs reflect that but surely they should look internaly and limit there fleet to what people actualy want, that probably means increasing the % automatic and a deal more information in their quotes.

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2. Re: Car Rental Shortage and Higher Cost in Ireland (Report) 2010

It is not quite as easy as saying that you should just meet market needs. If everyone wants a car from the second week of July to mid August then you only get to rent the vehicle for 6 weeks. It is difficult to come up with a feasible economic model to provide reasonable prices in this case. If you then sell the car, it is no longer new and must be sold €3000-€5000 less than a new one, and more if it is an automatic. If you store it up and rent it for another 6 weeks the following year then it has depreciated even more.

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3. Re: Car Rental Shortage and Higher Cost in Ireland (Report) 2010

That's quite the reverse of what the guy at the Budget desk at Knock said to us last week when we commented on how much cheaper the last two car rentals have been for us than in recent years - he said that the Irish car hire business was suffering from the drop in tourism and that there were 'too many cars on the ground' so the companies were dropping their prices!

It's a bit 'chicken and egg' isn't it: does tourism suffer because there are not enough hire cars or are there not enough hire cars because tourism is suffering?

For the last few years we have paid anything between €60-120 for a basic level car with zero excess for a weekend from the same company - the last two times have both cost us under €50 for the very same...

Edited: 09 March 2010, 15:52
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