Full speed ahead: Growing tourism has supported demand, driving up revenue

The Car Rental and Leasing industry provides operating leases and rents cars and light commercial vehicles to both consumers and commercial clients. The industry has performed very strongly over the past five-year period and is expected to be in the growth phase of its life cycle. Consequently, there has been strong growth in both enterprise and establishment numbers over the past five years. Significant revenue growth at the start of the period, in 2014-15, was the result of falling fuel prices and large increases in tourism numbers. Revenue growth slowed slightly towards the latter half of the period owing to economic uncertainty and lower business confidence following the EU referendum...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£16.6bn
Annual Growth 14-19
7.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
37,684
Businesses
3,604

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong growth in international tourist numbers has supported growth in the car rental market
  • Investment in advanced booking systems has resulted in wages falling as a percentage of revenue
  • Operators are expectedto invest in low-emission and electric vehicles
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Due to the substantial number of cars and light motor vehicles required by industry operators, capital intensity is high in the industry. The industry's capital-to-labour ratio, which is calculated using depreciation as a proxy for capital and wages as a proxy for labour, is estimated to be 1:0.31 in the current year. This means that for every £1.00 industry operators spend on capital, approximately 31p is spent on labour. The industry is heavily reliant on capital, which makes it vulnerable to prevailing economic conditions. Subdued economic conditions have weighed on industry expansion plans in the past year.Industry operators need to have a fleet of relatively new modern vehicles to attract customers. Ope...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Access to secure revenue
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Fuel prices in the Car Rental & Leasing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Car Rental & Leasing Industry?

    Firms in this industry rent cars and small commercial vehicles to private users and businesses on a short-term basis. Customers can also lease cars and other vehicles from the industry on a long-term basis, usually from one to seven years, with the option to purchase the vehicle at the end of the leasing period. Operating leases are included in the industry whereas financial leases are not. The industry does not include renting or leasing a vehicle with a driver.

    Industry Products
  • Car rental
  • Car leasing
  • Other light motor vehicle renting
  • Other light motor vehicle leasing
  • Industry Activities
  • Renting cars
  • Leasing cars
  • Renting small commercial vehicles
  • Leasing small commercial vehicles
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Fuel prices
  • New car prices
  • International tourist numbers

  • Current Performance
  • Driving forward
  • Technological advancement
  • Short-term shift
  • Seasonal demand
  • Regulatory environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Shifting gears
  • Ongoing expansion
  • Rising costs
  • Table: Car Rental & Leasing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Car Rental & Leasing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Catering Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling
  • New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers
  • Used Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers

  • Products & Services
  • Car rental
  • Car leasing
  • Other light motor vehicle leasing
  • Other light motor vehicle renting
  • Chart: Car Rental & Leasing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial clients
  • International tourists
  • Non-travelling consumers
  • Domestic tourists
  • The government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesDepreciationWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Car Rental & Leasing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Lex Autolease Limited, Alphabet (GB) Ltd, LeasePlan UK Limited, Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited,
  • Table: Lex Autolease Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Alphabet (GB) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: LeasePlan UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Car Rental & Leasing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Car Sharing
  • A short-term system of rental that usually operates in large cities. Cars can generally be rented from anywhere between one hour and 24 hours.
  • Light Motor Vehicles
  • Vans, small trucks and lorries that weigh less than 3.5 tonnes. Drivers do not need a special driving licence to use them.
  • Residual Value
  • The value of an asset after it has fully depreciated.
  • Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles
  • Vehicles that emit less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometre driven.
  • Vehicle Renting
  • A short-term agreement (usually fewer than 30 days) to hire a car or van for private or commercial use, with the rental company retaining ownership of the vehicle.
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