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.


Vinty Finds Niche Audience with Classic Car Focus

Providing an online marketplace for classic car rental companies, Vinty hopes to expand its platform to include a peer-to-peer model for private owners who want to rent their vintage vehicles.

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Ford Announces Expansion of Ride-Sharing Service

Ford’s app-based, ride-sharing service Chariot will expand to eight cities this year, including at least one global city. Currently, the service operates in San Francisco and Austin.

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Cadillac Unveils Luxury Vehicle Subscription Service

For a flat monthly fee, BOOK gives members access to Cadillac vehicles without the commitment of leasing, financing, or buying. BOOK will first launch in the New York metro area.

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Enterprise Donates to Florida Food Bank

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s $23,000 donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank is part of its Fill Your Tank program.

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Carsharing Driver Crashes Car, Suspected of Drunken Driving

A renter of ReachNow crashed one of its BMW carsharing vehicles into a power pole in Seattle. Police suspect the driver of driving under the influence.

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Latin American Meeting Returns to International Car Rental Show

Anunciando la reunión Latinoamericana is returning for its fourth year at the International Car Rental Show, taking place at Bally’s Las Vegas, March 27-29.

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Rental Employees Sentenced for Stealing Customer Information

Former employees of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the U.K. have been sentenced for conspiring to steal customer information that accident claims companies could use.

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Sixt Adds 25 Franchise Locations in Saudi Arabia

By partnering with Saudi Arabia’s Auto World Rent a Car, Sixt will now offer its services to customers at 25 locations in Saudi Arabia.

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Ride-Hailing Grab Gets Funding From Tokyo Century

Tokyo Century, a financial services company, will be funding leasing and car rental options for Grab drivers in its six countries of operation in Southeast Asia.

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Maven Carsharing Launches in Canada

General Motors’ carsharing service has started a pilot program in downtown Kitchener in Ontario, Canada.

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Shouqi Car Rental Receives $309M in Funding

The funding will go into expanding Beijing-based Shouqi Car Rental’s fleet, as well as improving its marketing and technology.

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Perth Passengers in Favor of Security Cameras in Ubers

In a recent poll in Perth, Australia, 73% of females and 67% of males voted in favor of adding security cameras to Uber ride-hailing vehicles.

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Eco Rent A Car Appoints New CEO

India-based Eco Rent A Car has named Gautam Nath as its new CEO.

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Schoolber Ride-Hailing App Launches in Singapore

Schoolber provides a ride-hailing option to help transport children to school in Singapore.

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Dollar Opens New Location at Oman Airport

Dollar Rent A Car has opened a new branch at the Muscat International Airport in Oman.

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Zipcar Names New President

Tracey Zhen has been appointed as Zipcar’s president. Zhen replaces Kaye Ceille, who has been named managing director of Avis Budget Australia and New Zealand.

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Advantage Expands Location at Salt Lake City Airport

Advantage Rent A Car, operator of the Advantage and EZ Rent-A-Car brands (AEZ), has opened a new and expanded rental car facility at Salt Lake City International Airport.

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New Jersey Reconsiders Regulations for Ride-Hailing

New Jersey is considering implementing a bill that would increase the amount of insurance ride-hailing companies must carry and include mandatory background checks.

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Zipcar Launches in Breckenridge

Zipcar has partnered with the city of Breckenridge, Colo., to bring seven of its carsharing vehicles for residents, businesses, and visitors.

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Lyft Debuts Updated Vehicle Icon

Amp, the new Lyft vehicle icon, contains multiple LED lights that glow and change color.

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