The Buffalo Car Rental and Mobile is expanding its presence in the Arctic and other remote parts of the United States.
The company is in the process of acquiring a fleet of vehicles from the Anchorage, Alaska, to Fairbanks, Alaska.
The acquisition is a strategic move to further expand its Alaska presence and expand its capabilities in the northern U.S.
Car rental companies in Alaska have been struggling with low car-rental demand, with an average rental price of $5 per hour or less, according to CarRentalReport.com.
The industry is also facing increased competition from new services, such as ZipCar and Uber, that offer car-sharing, as well as a burgeoning number of private-car services such as Tesla, Ford, and General Motors.
In an effort to better compete, Buffalo Car Rentals has developed a “mobile app” that will allow users to find their closest car-share stations and rent them.
The app is expected to launch in the coming weeks, according a press release from the company.
Buffalo Car Rents website will also have a “smart-parking” feature, with customers being able to request their car-sitting spot from a “scooter-mounted mobile kiosk.”
Buffalo Cars has previously opened up its app to the public in Canada, with users in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador able to rent a vehicle, as of the fall of 2018.
According to the company, the app will allow the company to quickly find out if there is a car-pool available, offer a car rental quote, and provide vehicle-share service.
Buffalo also recently announced a partnership with the U.K.-based Uber to provide a car service in Alaska, the company said.
“The Buffalo Car rental business is the leading provider of car-riding and car-driving services in Alaska and beyond,” said Bill Biederman, president of Buffalo CarRentals.
“Our partnership with Uber is another great example of our commitment to the Arctic.
We’re committed to the future of car ownership in Alaska.
And we’re excited to expand into Alaska, which is already home to the world’s largest car-truck fleet, and we can’t wait to see how the Arctic responds to our new services.”