December 2, 1988 |
Marc Fogel's clients are different from the rest of us. Mostly, they're just wealthier. Fogel's clients are rock superstars, corporate moguls and a Saudi prince. So how does a business go about keeping a high-powered clientele happy? With something most anyone can appreciate: service. But Fogel's customers sometimes require service to the extreme.
August 12, 1997 |
HFS Inc. said its Avis Rent A Car Inc. unit agreed to buy its second-largest North American franchisee, First Gray Line Corp., for about $195 million in cash. First Gray has 70 locations throughout Southern California and the Southwest. In a separate deal Monday, Republic Industries Inc. agreed to pay $150 million for EuroDollar Holdings in a move designed to give it a foothold in Europe. In the last year, Republic has acquired several U.S. car rental companies.
April 29, 1999 |
The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to interfere with the practice of some car rental companies of refusing to rent to drivers under age 25. The court unanimously denied review of a challenge to the practice by a man who said he was denied a rental by Hertz and offered rentals at extra charge by Budget and Alamo because of his age.
July 14, 2008 |
David Sikorski went to a Hertz in Austin, Texas, last month to rent a car for a business trip to Dallas. He'd booked a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, hoping to keep expenses down on the 400-mile round trip. What he got was a 16-mile-per-gallon Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle. "I walked right back in and asked for something smaller," said the Austin computer data specialist, who eventually was given a Hyundai.
August 3, 1999 |
AutoNation Inc. plans to separate its lackluster rental car business, which includes the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-a-Car chains, from its growing auto sales operations as Chairman H. Wayne Huizenga moves to boost the firm's lagging stock price. The nation's largest car retailer also said its president and chief operating officer, John H.
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November 15, 2007 |
In December 2006, the average daily rate for a mid-size rental car booked via the Internet at Los Angeles International Airport was about $60. A month later, the rate had climbed to $79, according to a study by a consumer group. A class-action lawsuit filed by the group Wednesday alleged that the spike was the result of illegal price-fixing by rental-car companies -- enabled by a new state law that allows the companies to change the way they advertise rates at many airports.
August 12, 2006 |
"Turn right on North Water," said the disembodied voice emanating from a little electronic box affixed to the windshield of my rented Chevy Suburban. The voice was coming from a portable navigation device, and it was steering me 19 miles from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to within feet of my hotel in downtown Chicago. Called Where2 by Avis, it operates with the help of a satellite-guided global positioning system, or GPS.
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February 15, 2005 |
For Calvin Valrie, a rented black Infiniti QX56 was the perfect accessory to match Valentine's Day and Grammy Award parties over the weekend. The 29-year-old selects cars like outfits for each occasion. Both are critical in shaping the image he wishes to project. "In Los Angeles it's all about the flash," said Valrie, who rents cars as often as eight times a month. "People pay attention to the things that shine the most."
February 27, 1999
Hertz to Raise Rates: Hertz Corp., the world's largest car rental company, said Friday that it is raising all its non-contract car rental prices in the United States by $3 a day, effective March 1, a move that may prompt similar increases by rivals. Hertz declined to comment on a reason for the increase.
December 9, 2001 |
Like the rest of the travel industry, the auto rental companies are experiencing a softening in demand for their product. Yet it's still possible to be victimized by ridiculously high rental rates unless you use a few key strategies: * Get a competing quote from the Web. Typing "car rental" into any search engine will bring you to booking engines that can frequently save you significant money.