Tourists Face Algarve Car Rental Shortage Again

Tourists Face Algarve Car Rental Shortage Again

Holidaymakers who were left struggling to hire a car last summer in the Algarve may well face similar difficulties this year if predictions by industry experts are correct.

Nuno Aires, the President of ERTA, the regional tourism board, told the Algarve Resident newspaper that the possibility of an Algarve car hire shortage is very real and we must consider it.

However, he said that this problem was not isolated to just the Algarve region and has been an issue for other tourist destinations during the high season.

Last summer, an investigation by the Algarve Resident newspaper found that people who had booked cars through rental agencies were being told upon arrival in the Algarve that there were no cars actually available, revealing a car rental shortage in the region.

Problems within the car hire industry have, in recent years, been compounded by the global economic situation which has seen companies unable to reinvest in fleets.

he economic model of rent a car has changed in recent years with the resale of ex-hire cars no longer being guaranteed. Now, car hire companies are unable to renew their fleets so often and have also had to reduce the number of cars they own,?said the president of AERTA.

Another problem arrises even for the Algarve car hire companies interested in expanding their fleets for high season: With the reduction of imported cars and the increase of bank interests cars became much more expensive and so the investment in new cars suffered a dramatic cut.

People from car hire companies in Algarve are convinced that all other companies will not be increasing their fleets this summer so it is highly likely that there will be further shortages this
year.

The CEO of the car hire company delivering Portugal Cars told us: e already took mesures to increase our fleet this year by ordering new cars. Although this represents an extra effort because of the highest car prices we need to do it to maintain the normal yearly expansion and also because of the increased demand we experienced last year due to tourists being unable to hire cars from other operators.?br />
Anyway, our advice is: Book your Algarve Car Hire in advance.

Last minute bookings risk higher prices or no availability, which may be worst. So, advice for
prospective tourists planning on hiring a car in the Algarve for Summer 2010 is to book early
to avoid high prices and ensure that you are able to hire a car when you arrive.

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