If you were making in excess of 10,000 car rental bookings a year with a car rental company you would be expecting a discount from the standard rate. This is how car rental brokers operate. They use the combined business of all their customers to negotiate preferential rates. They then pass the savings on to their customers.
The broker will add his commission to the rate, but you will find that you will be still saving on the prices offered when dealing with the car rental company directly.
Car rental companies operate on a supply and demand basis. The busier they are prices will rise. If it is quiet the prices come down. Car rental is a seasonal business and prices normally start to climb the nearer you get to the summer months or other holiday periods like Christmas and Easter. When it is quiet the prices will come down, however the level they come down to will be similar to the rate available through a broker all year round.
There are other advantages to using a broker.
They will often have accounts with more than one car rental company. Depending on your needs they will be able to offer you the company that best meets your requirements.
Many of the brokers have a website which will allow you to book online 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.
They can often get cars when the car rental locations are nearing capacity and have stopped selling to the public.
Prices,terms and conditions can vary.
Some will take a full payment up front and charge you a substantial amount if you cancel. Others take only a partial prepayment and do not charge you if you cancel.
You may be able to find brokers who have extras included in the booking for example a free additional driver.
In conclusion, if you want to save money on car rental, it is worth checking out the rates available through car rental brokers.