No cars in the middle of oil country?!? Ah, just an example of how invidious the monopoly on car rentals is today.
And its about to get worse: it was announced today that Hertz has purchased Dollar Thrifty for a $2.3 billion dollars. That means that a mere three companies--Avis, Hertz and Enterprise--will control 95% of all the car rentals in the United States and a huge share of those made abroad.
The impact should go well beyond search results. With less competition, prices will invariably rise. That uptick, along with the growing trend of cities and states to add onerous taxes to airport and other rentals (passing on the tax burden to tourists), could put car rentals out of the range of some travelers.
Perhaps its time to revisit adequate funding for the expansion of Amtrak, dontcha think?
(For more on the merger, click here.)