Dealership Says It Survived Recession on Rentals

In East Ridge, Tenn., a family-owned car dealership felt the quake of the recession in 2009 and decided to start a car rental operation, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. After starting the rental business as part of Tweety’s Automart at just four fleet vehicles, the dealership now runs a rental car fleet of almost 50 late-model used cars.

Terry Smith, a finance consultant for the Automart, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the company has bought another East Ridge car rental business, Donna’s Rent-a-Car. This second location focuses on rentals without a credit card.

For the full article from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, click on the URL: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/feb/12/east-ridge-car-dealership-survives-rentals/

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Not caving to a customer with a blatant agenda may have consequences, especially for a small rental company that relies on stellar Yelp ratings to advertise. But business integrity must prevail.

The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

Why are large van values holding up better than their compact counterparts, and will it last?

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.