Rental Operations

There are many rental operations factors that go into running a car rental company effectively and efficiently. This channel covers all rental operations including vehicle cleaning and maintenance, marketing, training, franchising, front line performance, operator profiles and car sharing.


America Car Rental Continues Expansion in Mexico

America Car Rental has 10 rental locations throughout Mexico, including Cancun, Monterrey, and Merida. It opened its newest facility in Los Cabos.

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Sixt Opens Franchise in Indianapolis

Sixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch in the Indianapolis market. Tom Wood Group, the franchisee of this location, owns and operates dealerships and has over five years of experience in car rental.

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ACRA, Goodyear Partnership Provides Discount Rates to Members

No matter the rental fleet size, every American Car Rental Association member in the U.S. can now purchase Goodyear, Dunlop, and Kelly auto and light truck tires at discounted prices.

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Car Rental in Middle East Evolves into New Normal

A sustained period of low oil prices has slowed new development in the region, and service industries are processing the impact.

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Africa's Challenge

On the world's least developed continent, car rental companies concentrate on corporate growth while managing the threat of terrorism, a lack of infrastructure, and a vast unorganized market.

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Nurturing Car Rental in Nigeria

With a population shift to the cities, a growing middle class, and new oil exploration, Elroseandria Automobile in Lagos is looking to take advantage.

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South Africa: Old Market, New Growth

A weakness in the rand has spurred international inbound tourism and kept South Africans within the country on holiday, while falling fuel prices have South Africans driving more.

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Car Rental in Kenya: Safari Tours, Oil Investors, Nonprofits

Nairobi-based Active Car Hire is gaining traction with long-term rentals to business clients while facing a large market of unlicensed competitors.

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Sixt Opens First Location in Ecuador

Sixt Rent a Car has opened its first franchised location at Ecuador’s Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil.

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Europcar New Zealand Announces New Travel Sales Manager

Europcar New Zealand has appointed Melissa Carter to the role of travel sales manager.

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Highway Toll Administration Acquires Violation Management Services

HTA Holdings Inc., owner of Highway Toll Administration LLC (HTA), a provider of toll management services for the rental car industry, announces it has acquired Violation Management Services (VMS), a Montana-based company that provides violation resolution services for fleets and the rental car industry.

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Evercar Suspends Shared Electric Vehicle Service

Evercar, a provider of shared electric vehicles for on-demand drivers like Uber and Lyft, has ended its operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Avis Launches New User Experience Platform

Avis Car Rental has launched a new user experience platform to provide customers with a faster, more responsive, and more personalized user experience on its website Avis.com.

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BlueIndy’s Electric Charging Stations Could be Moved

An agreement between the city of Indianapolis and the electric carsharing company BlueIndy allows the city to relocate up to seven charging stations if businesses can show they have suffered financially because of the station locations.

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Renter Rated Awards Winners Announced

ExpressITech Inc., founder of CarRentalExpress.com, has named AAMCAR in New York City as the winner of its 2016 Renter Rated Award. The runner ups include Rugged Rental, Autoteam Car Rental, and Super Cheap Car Rental.

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Lyft Now Offers Scheduled Ride Feature

Lyft riders can now schedule their rides up to seven days in advance. This feature is currently available in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and will expand to other cities soon.

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Chattanooga to Launch Electric Carsharing Service

Later this month, Green Commuter will launch its fleet of 20 Nissan Leafs that will be parked at approximately 20 new charging stations at various locations in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Avis Budget Named Gold Magellan Award Winner

Avis Budget Group’s Unlimited Rewards program has been named a Gold Magellan Award Winner by Travel Weekly for the fourth consecutive year.

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September’s Airport Rates Increase Highest in Two Years

Airport rates for September are up $5.48 year-over-year, the largest increase since July 2014. But the weekly rates suggest it’s not yet a guarantee that rates are on a long-term upward trend: the rates were up mid-month and then flattened out the last two weeks.

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California Approves Bill to Allow Ride-Hailing Drivers to Rent, Lease Vehicles

California’s Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill that allows drivers for transportation network companies (TNCs) — such as Uber and Lyft — to use rented or leased vehicles.

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