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December 9, 1998 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport now have an alternative to that gas-guzzling rental car: an electricity-guzzling rental car. EV Rental Cars is set to open today at Budget Rent A Car facilities at LAX, marking the first rent-by-the-day operation in the U.S. to offer electric vehicles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The bullet-riddled body of a man was found Friday morning slumped over the steering wheel of a rental car parked along the Antelope Valley Freeway, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers discovered the body at 3 a.m. when they responded to a report of a traffic accident on the freeway north of Shadow Pines Boulevard, said Officer Doug Sweeney of the CHP's Newhall Station.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1998 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Car rental companies are lifting prices--and keeping them higher--for the first time in years and, though the price hikes are modest, they're helping to drive the $16-billion industry to sizable profit gains. Consumers enjoyed a decade of little or no price inflation at car rental counters because the companies, many of them then owned by the Big Three auto makers who were determined to maintain market share at any cost, routinely kept prices low.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1998
Volkswagen dealers say they can't get them fast enough, but 10 hot-selling new Beetles have found their way to Budget Rent A Car of Beverly Hills, where they are being offered at a not-so-budget rate of $75 a day. The rental agency, which specializes in exotic cars for Hollywood's elite--and wannabes--said it acquired its Beetles through a cadre of buyers who signed up on VW dealer waiting lists all over the country.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Hertz Corp., Avis Rent A Car Inc. and six other car-rental companies won't have to pay fines for age discrimination as part of a suit filed by New York Atty. Gen. Dennis Vacco, because they didn't think their policy was illegal, a state judge ruled. Vacco sued Hertz, Avis, Alamo Rent A Car Inc., Budget Rent A Car Corp., National Car Rental Systems, Enterprise Rent A Car, Dollar Systems Inc. and Thrifty Rent-A-Car System Inc. in 1994, claiming that they wouldn't rent cars to people under 25.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As its discredited former owner looked on, agents of billionaire Wayne Huizenga won a Bankruptcy Court auction Tuesday to buy the Magic Ford and Magic Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in Valencia with a lower-than-expected outlay of about $21 million. Huizenga's Republic Industries, whose rapid-fire acquisitions are roiling the auto retailing industry nationwide, bid $15.86 million in the three-minute contest against only one other bidder.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Avis Rent A Car Inc. said it has begun an evaluation of its rental procedures in the wake of allegations that a North Carolina-based franchisee refused to rent cars to blacks. Three African American women have filed a lawsuit against Avis and the owner of five Avis outlets in North Carolina and South Carolina, claiming they were denied service. Three former franchise managers say franchise owner John Dalton ordered employees to find reasons to refuse black customers.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER; John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations, manufacturing and economic issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
In a marketing campaign aimed at whetting prospective buyers' appetites for his expensive post-factory performance cars, Ford Mustang tuner Steve Saleen has signed a deal with Budget Rent A Car to place more than 300 Saleen S281 Mustangs at Budget lots nationwide by mid-1998.
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