U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-02-2021, 07:13 PM
ERH ERH started this thread
 
Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
1,495 posts, read 2,048,129 times
Reputation: 3032

Advertisements

I rent from Budget 4-5 times/year, but this issue has never come up. I'm scheduled to pick up a car at the airport at 12pm, but I want to push that to 6pm. The Budget chat agent told me there is a 15-hour grace period for pickup, meaning that I can pick up at 6pm without a rate change. When I asked her where on Budget's website I can see that terms/conditions verbiage, she told me to search Google for it.

I'm not finding anything on the Budget website to confirm this. Anyone have any experience with this?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-02-2021, 07:18 PM
 
17,736 posts, read 7,664,495 times
Reputation: 22128
I don't have your answer but I'd say you stand a greater chance of them not having a car available at 6pm versus noon. Unless you prepaid, if your car is the last one on the lot and it's 5pm and there is someone at the counter needing a car, are they going to turn them away?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2021, 08:06 PM
ERH ERH started this thread
 
Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
1,495 posts, read 2,048,129 times
Reputation: 3032
Quote:
Originally Posted by oceangaia View Post
I don't have your answer but I'd say you stand a greater chance of them not having a car available at 6pm versus noon. Unless you prepaid, if your car is the last one on the lot and it's 5pm and there is someone at the counter needing a car, are they going to turn them away?
You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the clarity!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2021, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
7,566 posts, read 8,501,018 times
Reputation: 4618
I'm pretty certain there is zero issue in terms of your reservation being honored....but as oceangaia says that's only IF they still have a car for you. fwiw, I rented from budget this past week, and I showed up 4 hours after my reservation time, no problem.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-03-2021, 04:57 PM
 
3,290 posts, read 6,559,186 times
Reputation: 7740
Car availability is very limited these days. The probability of not having a car is higher, maybe much higher than previously.

Before the Apocalypse I was denied a car only once, and then I got it the next day.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-04-2021, 04:52 PM
ERH ERH started this thread
 
Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
1,495 posts, read 2,048,129 times
Reputation: 3032
Phone agent confirmed that it is airport location only, which is where I'm at, so I think I'm going to test the theory tomorrow and see what happens. Fingers crossed!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-04-2021, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
10,850 posts, read 6,016,531 times
Reputation: 24882
Quote:
Originally Posted by rational1 View Post
Car availability is very limited these days. The probability of not having a car is higher, maybe much higher than previously.
Does anyone know why this is? They used to have enough cars to meet the demand, in general. What happened? Did some of the cars catch COVID and die?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-04-2021, 05:21 PM
 
17,736 posts, read 7,664,495 times
Reputation: 22128
Quote:
Originally Posted by bus man View Post
Does anyone know why this is? They used to have enough cars to meet the demand, in general. What happened? Did some of the cars catch COVID and die?
They sold a lot of cars to reduce inventory. And haven't been in a hurry to replace them plus the manufacturers are backed up. With no revenues last spring/summer, they sold cars to pay the bills.

Rental car prices are sky-high as more people are getting out to travel, but less vehicles to rent.

“When the pandemic first hit the rental car companies saw demand drop by 90%,” said Jonathan Weinberg, founder of AutoSlash.com. “They essentially shifted into survival mode. They had to sell off hundreds of thousands of vehicles in order to survive.”

“Presidents Day and Valentine’s weekend, 18 of the 20 airports in Florida were completely sold out,” Weinberg said. “It is probably going to be September before we see some real relief.”
https://www.kxan.com/news/rental-car...aveling-again/
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-04-2021, 05:45 PM
 
4,187 posts, read 1,923,601 times
Reputation: 7705
Quote:
Originally Posted by bus man View Post
Does anyone know why this is? They used to have enough cars to meet the demand, in general. What happened? Did some of the cars catch COVID and die?
The rental car companies sold hundreds of thousands of cars last year. Hertz and Avis sold about 500,000 between them, there are no cars left to rent.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-05-2021, 11:34 AM
 
3,290 posts, read 6,559,186 times
Reputation: 7740
Quote:
Originally Posted by bus man View Post
Does anyone know why this is? They used to have enough cars to meet the demand, in general. What happened? Did some of the cars catch COVID and die?

Umm, the rental car shortage has been pretty thoroughly covered in the news.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top