May 12, 1994 |
Cellular phones have become one of the ways rental companies can provide a sense of security for business travelers. For example, Hertz Corp. recently announced free emergency service in its cars with in-place cellular phones. Following well-publicized violence against renters last year, the industry began to take a variety of steps to increase safety. Most have stripped car rental fleets of logos, signs and markers.
April 28, 1994 |
The state of New York on Wednesday sued five car rental companies for refusing to rent vehicles to licensed New York drivers between ages 18 and 25. The car rental companies say they cannot rent to the young drivers because no insurance is available--a claim the state disputes. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, names Hertz, National Car Rental System, Budget Rent A Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car and Ameri-Car.
February 9, 1994
Changes in travel patterns are slowly taking place for economic, technological and sociological reasons, according to the 1993 "travel barometer" survey by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. for Budget Rent a Car. Some questions were concerned travel frequency in general while others were specific to the rental car habits.
August 31, 1993 |
Kia Motors North America said Monday that 100 of its new Sephia sedans have gone to rental-car service in Las Vegas. The 100 cars are the first of 3,000 Kias that the company aims to import to the United States and sell to rental fleets before new models go on sale next year. Budget Rent a Car, which received the first shipment two weeks ago, put the cars in service immediately, Kia Vice President Greg Warner said.
May 6, 1993 |
Alamo Rent a Car on Wednesday said it has removed company advertisements and decals from most of its vehicles nationwide as a safety precaution after the recent murders of two Florida tourists who were driving Alamo cars. The company's decision and similar moves by the Avis, Hertz and National rental agencies are intended to make tourists and business travelers--who often carry large amounts of cash and other valuables--less vulnerable to criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1993 |
It's one of the most common excuses for not car-pooling: "I can't ride-share because I need my car during the day to run errands." A coalition of businesses in Woodland Hills is eliminating that excuse with a novel concept: providing rental cars that their car-pooling employees can use during the day for business or personal use.
March 5, 1993 |
He was nervous about the police. That was one thing the employees at Ryder Truck Rental recalled about the bearded man who rented one of their yellow, 10-foot Ford Econoline vans--one of the "Valentine vans" specially ordered two weeks earlier to meet the needs of local florists. He also had what secretary Connie Bellows called simply "an attitude." He was rude, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1993 |
Police experts detonated a crude pipe bomb Sunday that had been placed under a rented car on a residential street. No one was injured in the blast, which bomb disposal experts triggered unintentionally shortly after 4 p.m. when their remote-controlled robot touched the device. "Shrapnel went through the body of the car," said Sgt. Leo Jones of the Irvine Police Department. "Some went through the trunk. If it could penetrate the car body, it could do some serious damage to an individual.
December 31, 1992 |
With State Farm and other auto insurers eliminating automatic coverage in many states when policyholders rent cars for business purposes, it's important to know when you're covered and how well. Examine your policy. If you're not covered, shop around, because more than half of all auto policies still include such coverage. Don't assume that coverage under a credit card program is airtight. Such insurance may be limited, so make sure you understand the terms. You may be covered by your employer.