I felt the need to quickly touch on this subject here as a lot of people are not aware of it. Avis, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo and McDonald, A&W, KFC, Tim Hortons are all franchised companies. Franchise companies gives licenses to a party (franchisee) to allow them have access to the business’s (franchiser) proprietary knowledge, processes, and trademark to provide a service under the business’s name. For example: Budget at 724 6th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB has an owner who contacted Budget Business Unit to get the licence and operational tools needed to run his car rental business under the Budget brand and run it effectively to meet the standards of Budget as a brand.
So Chris why do I need to know this, well put it this way – It makes it a little complicated if you intend to pick up a rental car from Budget in one of the downtown location and drop it off at one of the deep south location. I mean it can be done but it is a little complicated and would most likely incur a charge. Then imagine how much charge one would incur if you decided to pick up a rental car from Calgary and drop it off in Edmonton.
So that is one of the reason I wanted to talk about car rental franchises, another reason is that some prices may vary in some location in the same city. I’m not sure why perhaps depends on the type of car availabilty, but sometimes it is cheaper to rent a car in downtown than it is in other areas of the city and vice versa. That is why it is good to use search engines like Priceline and Hotwire when looking for car rental.
And the other reason is the type of cars and variety of cars available. Yes, different rental companies have some make and models of cars as a set standard for the different classes of cars. For instance, Hertz has the Toyota Yaris for small cars, Budget has the Chevrolet Malibu for full size cars, Avis has the Chrysler 300 for luxury cars and these are like what you’d expect from these rental companies depending on the location. But you’d still find the odd variances in car variety like the Range Rover Evogue I rented out in 2016 was in only one of the Avis location or the Cadillac ATS that I rented out from the Budget location in downtown Calgary. So you’ll get the odd variety of cars from one location to another but the same rental company.
So just to recap: the locations of the rental companies are usually owned by individuals hence the prices may differ from the same rental company but different location and also the choices of cars available may also differ.