Basic Car Types and Services
There are numerous car rental companies. Each company is noted by a specific code, which makes it possible to book these vehicles through various Global Distribution Systems (GDSs). Each code is the same for each GDS and is known throughout the industry.
There are about 10 car rental categories that most car rental agencies use. These include:
These car groups vary by each rental company.
Some rental car companies break the term compact into two different car types: economy and compact. For example, an example of an economy car through Avis Rent-a-Car would be a Chevrolet Metro while a compact car would be a Chevrolet Cavalier. The difference is the model of the car.
Other car companies may consider a standard size vehicle as either a mid-size or full-size, while a classification of premium could be considered as either full-size or luxury. Again the only difference is the car model. This is why it is extremely important to check the car details page.
On-site car companies have their rental cars located on the airport property, usually in the airport garage.
This provides a great convenience for customers since they can walk directly to their car without waiting in line for a shuttle bus.
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Concepts and TerminologyConfidential, TRX Inc.7 November 2007