Hertz During Covid-19

Old Mar 21, 20, 5:28 pm
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Hertz During Covid-19

Just wanted to hear experiences of those who have rented Hertz vehicles in New York, San Francisco and Seattle and how Hertz has been managing the situation. I rely on Hertz for my car rental and essentially on a monthly contract with a day break for credit card coverage, but need to decide whether to return the car early and go do groceries without a car.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 3:25 am
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On the National forum people are saying New York City area locations are low on cars because everyone who doesn't own a car is trying to get one to get out of the city. It might be the same way in other coastal cities where many people don't own cars.

Everywhere else, things are dead quiet. I was at PIT twice last week and on the second visit, several cars had been sitting there untouched since the first time.
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Old Mar 23, 20, 12:14 pm
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I tried to rent a car at the CHA airport and got a message online saying the location was closed so surely this is related to the COVID 19 pandemic.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 1:45 am
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I forgot, I also saw a locked car in the Hertz return lanes with white marker on the window "Customer quarantined due to corona". I wonder how long they'll leave it there.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 4:13 am
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I'm curious what will happen with re-qualifying for status. Obviously fewer people will be able to maintain their status. Will they lower the bar and set a lower figure, or just say forget this year and everyone gets another year of status?
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Old Mar 24, 20, 4:04 pm
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Just wondering, how will Hertz be financially impacted by this crisis?
How's their liquidity, balance sheet like?
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Old Mar 24, 20, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
Just wondering, how will Hertz be financially impacted by this crisis?
How's their liquidity, balance sheet like?
lol just look how garbage their stock price was, went as low as $3 something per share!
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Old Mar 24, 20, 8:18 pm
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The past three weeks in Seattle I've seen the same exact car parked in the same spot in the reserved lot. They've limited their hours to 6 am-- 1 am, and after 9 pm you cant use the choice lots. Most of the companies at SEA-TAC airport have laid-off staff and dramatically cut fleet. It's crazy what can change in a month.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 12:51 am
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Originally Posted by Rental_Guy View Post
The past three weeks in Seattle I've seen the same exact car parked in the same spot in the reserved lot. They've limited their hours to 6 am-- 1 am, and after 9 pm you cant use the choice lots. Most of the companies at SEA-TAC airport have laid-off staff and dramatically cut fleet. It's crazy what can change in a month.
I've seen the same thing at PIT - cars in UC untouched for days. It's a small location anyway so they aren't cutting hours though.
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Old Mar 27, 20, 3:28 pm
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Rented at TPA last night. Employees were busying themselves with a game of cornhole and one looked like he was doing laps around the garage. Apparently incoming cars from NY are tagged and immediately quarantined. Assistant manager told me that they average 2500 rentals/day (Spring break) this time of the year and had mid 80's go out yesterday. Great time to get a car if you can, just bring Clorox wipes/wear gloves and wait 10 minutes!
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Old Mar 27, 20, 7:35 pm
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I wonder if Hertz charged the previous renter who did the one-way from NY with 14 days loss of use while the car is in quarantine?
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Old Mar 28, 20, 2:28 am
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At my local branch, Hertz has laid off most staff including the branch manager. Only a couple remain with limited hours. Reservations are down to about ~2.5% of the same time as last year.
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Old Mar 28, 20, 12:42 pm
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Any info on SFO, like their Ultimate Choice hours or if they are still running?
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Old Mar 28, 20, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
Just wondering, how will Hertz be financially impacted by this crisis?
How's their liquidity, balance sheet like?
I got an email from Hertz car sales on 3/19 with info about buying a car directly from them; I believe they're trying to generate cash and dowsize their fleet given the huge drop off in demand for vehicles. The odd thing is I've been with Hertz about three years now and I can't recall ever receiving an email from hertz car sales.
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Old Mar 28, 20, 10:14 pm
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Update. The SeaTac Airport location is closed. Only a few staff members but only for returns, no contracts are being written.
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