Choosing between car rental companies on the basis of the types of cars they offer for rent is one way to lean towards a particular company. Although they are similar in that they all usually offer economy, mid-size and luxury cars, they certainly do not have the same car stock. Enterprise offers 14 different classes of vehicles while Hertz has 7. Thrifty has 15 classes including one called Wild Car. When you make that choice, the company chooses a mid-size or larger car for you. The short of it is that you have a lot of variation between rental car companies. If you are looking for a specific car, chances are you will be able to find it. It might not, however, be with the company you are accustomed to renting from.
If you are set on renting a luxury vehicle, Hertz is the rental company that gives you the most variety. Your luxury car options through Hertz include Volvo convertibles and sedans, high-end SUVs from Infiniti, Cadillac, Audi and Mercedes and sedans and mid-size cars from Infiniti and Mercedes. Enterprise offers Cadillacs and Lincoln Towncars, while Thrifty has Chrysler and GM luxury cars and SUVs.
Mid-size, Full Size and Premium Choices
While Thrifty offers mid-size to premium Ford and Chrysler vehicles, Enterprise rents the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon or a model of similar size and quality. The Hertz car and convertible class includes similar choices with everything from the Nissan Altima Hybrid to the Mazda 6 and Pontiac G6.
The Hertz Fun Collection includes convertible Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes and the Jeep Wrangler. The standard convertible offered by Thrifty is the Sebring from Chrysler.
SUVs of All Types
Most car rental companies categorize the SUVs they offer in terms of their size and level of luxury. For instance, Thrifty has a mid-size, standard, premium and luxury class of SUV. Hertz, on the other hand, includes them in one SUV/Minivan category, yet they offer many of the same models including Ford Explorer, Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Expedition. Hertz is the company to rent from if you are looking for luxury SUVs by Audi and Mercedes, among others.
Trucks and Vans
All rental companies offer an assortment of pickup trucks, minivans and full size vans. Trucks include the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F150 and others. Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country are common minivans for rent, and the Ford Econoline and Super Clubwagon are full size vans available for rent depending on your need.
The Hertz Green Collection offers an assortment of fuel efficient vehicles including the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Corolla and Prius Hybrid while Enterprise has an economy model which, although it may lack the power of some higher classes, it is an economical choice.
It is possible to choose a rental car company based solely on the fleet of cars they offer. Just about any common car on the road today is available for rent through some company. Go online and look at the car choices for yourself before you decide. Whether you want to make your choice based on specific makes and models or more general categories, both methods make it possible to get exactly the car you want.