How the rental car business in British Columbia adjusted to the pandemic


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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Andrea Gal for her useful
steering on this undertaking.


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The rental car business is an
integral a part of the tourism sector provide chain. The tourism sector was considered one of
probably the most impacted by authorities restrictions globally throughout the pandemic. In
2020, tourism gross home product (GDP) in Canada was down 54.9%.Notice 
This contributed to a decline in tourism’s share of GDP, which fell by virtually
half from 2.0% in 2019 to 1.1% in 2020.Notice 
The pandemic upended many companies within the tourism sector, together with automobile
rental corporations, as worldwide and enterprise journey got here to a close to
standstill in Canada. The marketplace for passenger automobile rental at airports and in
different areas was severely hit.

Automotive rental corporations downsized
their fleets relatively than having automobiles unused in automobile tons for lengthy durations of
time.Notice 
Whereas the demand for journey is recovering, at the same time as Canada is coping with
successive waves of the pandemic, the automobile rental business is dealing with challenges
in constructing its car provide again up. The motorized vehicle business is dealing with
many provide chain points, as a world scarcity of semiconductors has delayed
worldwide car manufacturing, inflicting lengthy delays to resupply fleets at a time
of pent-up demand for journey.Notice 

This examine examined provincial motor
car registration knowledge recordsdata to offer new estimates on rental car fleets
within the final decade, with a particular concentrate on turnover and administration of
inventories throughout the pandemic. The estimates are introduced first for British
Columbia and will probably be introduced for different areas of Canada as knowledge develop into
obtainable.

As a share of the economic system,
British Columbia has the most important tourism sector of all provinces.Notice 
After rising by an annual common of 6.6% between 2015 and 2019, the rental carNotice 
fleet in British Columbia dropped by virtually one-third in 2020 and, by the tip
of the primary 12 months of the pandemic, had reached its lowest stage in a decade.
Despite the fact that fleet inventories had been being replenished all through 2021 as
home and worldwide travelling restrictions loosened and demand picked
up, fleet inventories remained effectively below pre-pandemic ranges and grew at a
a lot slower tempo than prior to now decade.  

The rental car business within the Canadian economic system

How necessary is the Canadian rental
car business? Whereas representing round 2.0% of the tourism sector, the
car rental business is an integral a part of the Canadian tourism provide
chain.Notice 
On the finish of 2019, there have been 1,219 passenger automobile rental companies (with staff)
in Canada.Notice 
The business in Canada straight employed over 22,000 staff in 2019, with
3,149 of them situated in British Columbia.Notice 
Up till the pandemic, the automotive tools rental and leasing business in
CanadaNotice 
had been increasing, with working income reaching $7.9 billion in 2019,
up by over 33.7% since 2015, and a comparatively secure revenue margin averaging
12.5% over that interval.Notice 
Whereas the most important share of the business is in Ontario, British Columbia
represents a little bit below 14% of the nationwide business, with working income
rising from $774.6 million in 2015 to $1.1 billion in 2019.Notice 

Impacts of the pandemic on the automobile rental business

The pandemic upended many
companies within the tourism sector, together with passenger automobile rental corporations, as
worldwide and enterprise journey got here to a close to standstill and stay-at-home
orders discouraged home journey. Air passenger site visitors in 2020 tumbled by
near three-quarters at each the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Worldwide Airport and Toronto-Lester B. Pearson Worldwide Airport, and it
dropped by almost as a lot in Calgary and at Vancouver Worldwide Airport, even
although these had been the 4 airports the place worldwide travellers had been allowed
to land.Notice 
This decline severely impacted the marketplace for automobile rental at airports and different
areas. Automobile rental corporations downsized their fleets, relatively than having
automobiles sit unused in automobile tons for lengthy durations of time and to regulate prices
as gross sales plunged considerably.Notice 
A drop in demand, price reductions, chapter filings, acquisitions and
authorities pandemic help impacted business tendencies in 2020.Notice 
The variety of staff within the automotive tools rental and leasing business
dropped 27.6% in 2020 and working revenues fell 17.7%Notice 
(Chart 1), whereas the revenue margin averaged 9.2%.Notice 
The variety of companies (with staff) within the passenger automobile rental business
contracted barely to 1,190 by the tip of 2020.Notice 

Information desk for Chart 1



















Information desk for Chart 1

Desk abstract

This desk shows the outcomes of Information desk for Chart 1 Automotive tools rental and leasing, variety of staff and Automotive tools rental and leasing, working income, calculated utilizing payroll employment and hundreds of thousands of {dollars} models of measure (showing as column headers).

Automotive tools rental and leasing, variety of staff Automotive tools rental and leasing, working income
payroll employment hundreds of thousands of {dollars}
2012 19,222 5,635.70
2013 20,001 5,416.10
2014 20,708 5,664.00
2015 21,823 5,910.70
2016 21,602 6,248.80
2017 21,950 6,850.50
2018 21,493 7,374.30
2019 22,111 7,900.80
2020 16,010 6,498.90



The pandemic led to massive swings
in shopper costs for a lot of items and providers in Canada, together with automobile leases,
as demand and provide imbalances impacted pricing. On the onset of the pandemic,
shopper rental costs of passenger automobiles dropped by greater than 6% between
February and Might 2020 as demand fell precipitously. Then, as journey restrictions
loosened, rental costs picked up, rising by 7.8% within the second half of 2020. Availability
points fuelled a 31.9% worth improve in 2021Notice 
in Canada, regardless that tourism exercise was nowhere close to the pre-pandemic peak
(Chart 2). On the finish of 2021, general tourism exercise in Canada was nonetheless virtually
30% beneath the extent reached earlier than the pandemic.Notice 

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Information desk for Chart 2

Desk abstract

This desk shows the outcomes of Information desk for Chart 2 All gadgets and Rental of passenger automobiles, calculated utilizing proportion change models of measure (showing as column headers).

All gadgets Rental of passenger automobiles
proportion change
2010 1.8 -1.4
2011 2.9 2.9
2012 1.5 0.4
2013 0.9 3.4
2014 2.0 -0.4
2015 1.1 -3.4
2016 1.4 3.5
2017 1.6 -3.6
2018 2.3 3.4
2019 1.9 6.9
2020 0.7 -1.6
2021 3.4 31.9



British Columbia’s rental car fleet from 2010 to 2021

The automobile rental car fleet
estimates for British Columbia had been derived from car registration knowledge recordsdata.
For companies working within the passenger automobile rental business, the car
identification numbers of automobiles had been tracked over time to see how lengthy the
automobiles had been registered to a selected enterprise (for additional info on
methodology, see the notice to readers).

The British Columbia rental car
fleet reveals massive seasonal fluctuations, exhibiting related quarterly patterns
from one 12 months to the following (Chart 3). Companies within the business usually add
to their fleets within the second quarter yearly to fulfill peak demand. Within the
remaining quarters, rental companies downsize their inventories, extra so within the
fourth and first quarters of the 12 months. The choice to shed stock is commonly
pushed by kilometres pushed or mannequin kind and car age. On common, within the
final decade, rental companies in British Columbia didn’t hold rental automobiles
for greater than a 12 months.

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Information desk for Chart 3

Desk abstract

This desk shows the outcomes of Information desk for Chart 3 Rental car fleet stock, calculated utilizing variety of automobiles models of measure (showing as column headers).

Rental car fleet stock
variety of automobiles
2010
Q1 15,229
Q2 17,376
Q3 16,779
This autumn 13,649
2011
Q1 16,020
Q2 22,028
Q3 21,524
This autumn 18,063
2012
Q1 17,468
Q2 24,141
Q3 23,045
This autumn 19,449
2013
Q1 18,460
Q2 24,978
Q3 23,438
This autumn 20,080
2014
Q1 20,055
Q2 26,563
Q3 26,432
This autumn 22,730
2015
Q1 22,943
Q2 30,429
Q3 29,885
This autumn 25,861
2016
Q1 24,507
Q2 32,936
Q3 31,628
This autumn 27,846
2017
Q1 26,764
Q2 35,298
Q3 33,779
This autumn 29,985
2018
Q1 27,605
Q2 36,697
Q3 36,454
This autumn 31,009
2019
Q1 29,000
Q2 36,032
Q3 35,492
This autumn 30,592
2020
Q1 26,104
Q2 23,877
Q3 20,677
This autumn 19,061
2021
Q1 18,636
Q2 22,679
Q3 24,457
This autumn 24,411



Because the economic system and the tourism sector
carried out effectively within the final decade, the rental car fleet in British Columbia
greater than doubled from an estimated common of 15,758 automobiles in 2010 to an
common of 32,779 automobiles in 2019 (Chart 4). 

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Information desk for Chart 4

Desk abstract

This desk shows the outcomes of Information desk for Chart 4 Rental car fleet stock, calculated utilizing variety of automobiles models of measure (showing as column headers).

Rental car fleet stock
variety of automobiles
2010 15,758
2011 19,409
2012 21,026
2013 21,739
2014 23,945
2015 27,280
2016 29,229
2017 31,457
2018 32,941
2019 32,779
2020 22,430
2021 22,546



Automobile fleet contracted in each quarter
of 2020

As tourism and enterprise demand
plunged with the pandemic, the rental car business in British Columbia downsized
its fleet from a mean of 26,104 passenger automobiles (not seasonally adjusted
at annual charges) within the first quarter of 2020 to a mean of 19,061 passenger
automobiles on the finish of 2020. The business didn’t add to inventories within the second
quarter of 2020 as it could have usually for peak seasonal demand. After
rising by an annual common of 8.7% between 2010 and 2019, the rental automobile
fleet in British Columbia dropped by 31.5% in 2020 and, by the fourth quarter
of the 12 months, had reached its lowest stage in a decade.

Timid restoration of rental fleet in 2021

With the third wave of the
pandemic impacting the power to journey within the first a part of 2021, rental car
companies didn’t resume their typical method of managing their operations. There
had been challenges with replenishing the depleted stock to fulfill the recovering
tourism demand when journey restrictions loosened in the summertime and fall of 2021.
A world semiconductor chip scarcity and provide chain points have restricted passenger
automobile manufacturing.Notice 
Rental car inventories picked up in British Columbia from the second
quarter of 2021 till the tip of the 12 months, however should not close to pre-pandemic
ranges. In the US, the rental automobile business is supplementing its
fleet by buying low-kilometre pre-owned automobiles.Notice 
As effectively, the rental car business could not flip stock over as rapidly as
prior to now. The dynamics within the business have modified. Whereas some elements are
momentary, others could also be structural and can completely change the business.    

Remaining ideas

Equally to many different sectors of the Canadian economic system, the
rental car business is dealing with imbalances. Rental car fleets in British
Columbia had been depleted throughout the first 12 months of the pandemic as demand dried up
and have but to get better to pre-pandemic ranges. Lowered provide of latest automobiles has
been hampering the replenishment of inventories to extra regular ranges. The
disruption to the automobile market may spur lasting modifications for the rental car
business, resulting in tighter fleet stock management and better costs for
customers.

Notice to readers

The automobile rental car fleet
estimates for British Columbia had been derived from car registration knowledge recordsdata.
For companies working within the passenger automobile rental business, the car
identification numbers (VINs) of automobiles had been tracked over time to see how
lengthy the automobiles had been registered to a selected enterprise. To extract the
detailed attribute info the VIN offers for every car manufactured
on the market in Canada, a particular software program was used to decode the VINs.

Particular details about a automobile was
extracted, together with make, mannequin and 12 months; the place the car was manufactured;
and possession transfers. On the whole, the possession switch info helps set up
when a car modifications fingers, together with transfers inside the rental automobile
business.

Reference

Motorcar registration knowledge recordsdata.



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