September/October 2011

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GPS Tracking the Right Way: Disclosure, Fees and Recovery

by Daryl Lubinsky

There is little legal precedent regarding the use of GPS tracking systems to monitor rental cars. This unexposed area results in a wide variation in how car rental operators go about disclosure, assess penalties for contract violations and recover vehicles.

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2012 Tax Hit: Are You Prepared?

By Chris Brown

Budget licensee uses like-kind exchange program to avoid a tax burden for 2012 as a result of the discontinuation of bonus depreciation.

Travel Taxes in the U.S.: The Best and Worst Cities to Visit

By Staff

In the fourth incarnation of the Global Business Travel Association’s travel tax study, the average overall effective tax rate on car rentals has gone down for the first time — but don’t call it a trend.

Opaque Rentals: Is the Opportunity Clear?

By Ken Stellon

Last year, brokered more than 15 million rental days to the global car and truck rental industry. Are you increasing your share?

Six-City Rate Analysis, 2009-2011

By Michael Meyer and Jim Tennant

This rate survey looks at six major U.S. cities and rate quotes for airport rentals.


Car Rental Q&A: Why do fleet suppliers have limited numbers of new cars?

By Eckhaus Fleet

Eckhaus Fleet is one of the largest independent fleet suppliers to the car rental industry, and can answer your fleet-related questions.

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Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Not caving to a customer with a blatant agenda may have consequences, especially for a small rental company that relies on stellar Yelp ratings to advertise. But business integrity must prevail.

The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

Why are large van values holding up better than their compact counterparts, and will it last?

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