Today it is possible to rent a car by the day, by the hour, and even test car-sharing in some large European cities. But in car rental Haiti is only by the day.
If renting a car in Haiti is easier now, thanks to the Internet, the Web has not removed the jungle from the rates and formulas where everything is not necessarily understood. We will review the details, tips and tricks before your big holidays in Haiti.
Has the car rental, defector of the business world, expensive and complicated, has it lived? A revolution is on the way, coming, once again, from the Internet. “The Web has changed the situation, in particular by simplifying the reservation. It also draws a 25-35-year-old clientele that until now was unusual in car rental, “said André Gallin, Hertz franchise director and president of the CNPA (National Automobile Professions) .
Leaving the property, these young customers are simply “consumers” of automobiles. Sensitive to promotions, they do not hesitate to decide at the last moment. “More than 30% of them book less than 24 hours in advance,” remark André Gallin. The traditional universe of rental companies, set after the Second World War and dominated by the Avis, Hertz and Europcar, has to adapt to forced march to new technologies. But the old habits do not disappear overnight.
Attention to the cost of insurance ($12 to $24 per day at Avis for “theft and accident”) if it is not taken into account by a credit card, and to the limitations of mileage, more frequent in Haiti than in the rest of the Caribbean.
Because, like the airlines, car rental companies use yield management (“flexible rates”) to optimize their turnover. In short, the earlier you book, the less you pay. “The economy can be in the order of 30% for a booking made one month in advance,” confirms Sonia Sadrack, Marketing Director and Customer Relations at Asus Rent a Car in Haiti. We can now rent a car by the day (from $30 at Asus rent a car). As an indication, a small vehicle, such as a Suzuki SX4, is negotiated at around $800 for the month of July, and a monospace, a little less than double, for a maximum authorized mileage of about 4000 km for the big tenants.
Cars rented in Haiti during the holidays are not the same as during the rest of the year, and it will also be necessary to book as soon as possible the 7-seat minivan or the 9-seater van to take the whole tribe to the sea. Holidays are also a good excuse to ride different. Asus rent a car, is the leading specialist in off-road or cheap SUVs. “Besides the most beautiful Japanese models, we also offer small SUVs.