September/October 2016

Cover Story

So You Think You Want to Become a Franchisee?

by Chris Brown

Our rental franchise veterans share their decision-making processes to become franchisees and common challenges to growing successful operations.

Past Issues


Franchisor, Franchisee, and Vicarious Liability

By Leslie J. Pujo and Wesley D. Hurst

In what ways can a franchisor be held liable for the actions of its franchisees? We take a look at recent vicarious liability claims involving franchises in other industries that may inform car rental.

Green Motion: Young, Niche, and Nimble

By Amy Winter-Hercher

The franchise network with an eco-friendly focus is currently operating in 26 countries, including two U.S. state franchises. Green Motion plans to grow through flexible technology, direct connectivity, and smart franchise partnerships.

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Considering a franchise investment? Franchise Business Review shares insight on what to look for in a brand, typical costs associated with franchising, and questions to ask before signing the franchise agreement.


Renting Cars for the Ride-Hailing Revolution

By Chris Brown

HyreCar wants to rent your fleet to Uber and Lyft drivers.

New Car Rental Franchise Launches in U.S.

By Chris Brown

U.K.-based Right Cars is already in 23 countries, and it promises to bring small, family-owned car rental businesses in the U.S. into one brand.

A Call to Action for Franchisees

By Michael DeLorenzo

Franchisees — the epitomy of small businesses — have played a key role in the legislative processes that have shaped car rental. Former franchisee Michael DeLorenzo shares how he got involved and helped to get a bill signed that eliminated a titling tax in Maryland.

Car Rental Q&A: What Does the Franchisor Need From Me?

By Brad Kjar

A car rental operator is looking to join a franchise system. As a franchisee, what would the franchisor need from him?


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Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

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