• Oct 14th 2009 at 8:58AM
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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, known in the retail world as Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will be buying about 40,000 fewer Chryslers than it did last year. Previously, the company was contractually bound to ensure that 75% of its fleet was composed of Chrysler vehicles. After the bankruptcy kerfuffle, the contract has been revised to compel Dollar Thrifty to purchase a new minimum number of vehicles, and the company is using the freedom to increase its model mix.

Instead of being so Pentastar-heavy, from now on, Reuters says that Dollar Thrifty's fleet figures to be 30% Chrysler, 34% Ford, 20% General Motors, 6% Nissan, and 10% left over for Hyundai and Kia. The model mix transition should also help Dollar Thrifty stabilize the income from fleet sales; the company took a beating when the residuals market took a dump, especially due to the fact that it was trying to flog so many products from a company thought to have a dubious future.

All three domestics have talked about getting away from low-margin fleet buyers for some time now. Still, the 40,000 hit to Chrysler's sales still probably isn't the best of news – Chrysler didn't want to get this far away from fleets.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now Chrysler is going to have to build cars that last more than 60K miles, and have car interiors that customers can stand for more than 3 days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I usually rent from Thrifty or Dollar because I WANT to drive a Chrysler
      product. Problem is that the last few times they try to stick me in
      something else. Last time it was a Kia Rondo which would have been ok
      but it didn't have a covered luggage area. I had a lot of driving to do
      with my computer and camera equipment and that wouldn't have been too
      safe. Had to struggle to get them to give me an Avenger which I was
      throroughly pleased with over 600 miles that weekend.

      One of the other companies said I'd have to upgrade to a full-size car
      in order to get one with a trunk, they offered up the Toyota Corolla as
      a full-size! I've rented those before and they are not full size. People
      need to remember that rental car companies are the ones who order the
      cars stripped down, it's not the manufacturers doing.

      Disclosure: I own several Chrysler products including old muscle cars
      and a PT Cruiser daily driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I use Dollar about once a month, and am always thrilled when I can nab a Fusion instead of one of the lonely Sebrings, or worse, those damn PT Cruisers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm suprised Dollar Thrifty is still in business. I thought they disappeared years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There goes the only business that Chrysler had...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just got back from a trip with the little lady. We rented from Thrifty and were to get a Dodge Caliber or similar vehicle. You can imagine my relief when we were given a Subaru Impreza.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll admit that I won't miss the base model Dodge Journey they gave me a few months back. That thing was one of the worst vehicles I've ever driven. It couldn't get out of its own way if it were in a free fall. That was at sea level too, no less, I'd hate to see how much more gutless that thing could be at 6000ft where I live in CO. Not to mention the bargain basement interior, lack of a 3rd row, weak stereo etc.

      It was also a strange rental in general. My coworker and I really didn't want a PT Cruiser which they threatened us with. I eventually talked them into the Journey(talk about rock and a hard place) after the lady from Thrifty actually turned against the PT Cruiser as well (which was almost comical). She even brought up the fact that the PT didn't even have Cruise Control. Sadly, she forgot to mention that the Journey didn't either.

      I will stand up for the Journey a bit though, I rented another a few weeks later from Enterprise and it was an SXT with the V6, the difference was immense. This one had cruise control (how any car can omit this anymore is anyone's guess), had power, had a much better stereo(with Sirius), had a 3rd row seat (which we actually used). I actually didn't mind driving that one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are the rental-car interiors on some of their cars getting too cheap for the rental companies?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler is just doing what they're good at doing which is making rental cars.
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