Rental Company Employees Arrested in Bill Dispute

Two employees at Signature Rent-A-Car in Orlando were arrested after being accused of attacking and holding a customer hostage in a dispute over a bill.

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Used Pickups, Vans Start 2017 Strong

On a year-over-year basis, 2017 started the same as all of 2016 — trucks and vans up and cars down, according to Manheim. New vehicles sales into rental declined by approximately 7% in January compared to January 2016.

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What Does the Future Hold for Fleet Sales to Car Rental?

With domestic automakers pulling back on rental fleet sales and lower overall light-duty sales projected, the car rental industry will have to adjust.

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The Yelp Conundrum: Responding to Negative, False Online Reviews

Alaska Auto Rental received a negative Yelp review from a person whose information was demonstrably false. As a business owner, how do you respond?

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FSNA Reports $9.6M Revenue for Fiscal Year

Franchise Services of North America (FSNA), franchisors of the U-Save brand, ended its 2016 fiscal year with revenue of $9,627,460 and loss of $188,039.

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Long Beach Airport to Launch Ride-Hailing Pilot Program

In April, Long Beach Airport will be rolling out a six-month pilot program that will allow ride-hailing companies to pick up passengers curbside.

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Enterprise Takes Gold in 3 Categories at Travvy Awards

At the 2017 Travvy Awards, Enterprise Rent-A-Car earned gold for Best Car Rentals-Overall, Best Car Rentals-Domestic, and Best Car Rentals-Fleet. Additionally, it received silver for Best Car Rentals-International.

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Tampa Airport Delays Opening of Rental Car Facility

Tampa International Airport has delayed the launch of its new consolidated rental car facility. It will now open to the public in early 2018.

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Advantage to Launch Stroller Rental Program

The rental strollers will be available at Advantage Rent A Car's locations at the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando airports beginning Feb. 7.

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Enterprise Truck Rental Opens in West Virginia

The Charleston facility offers a diverse fleet of box trucks, cargo vans, and pickup trucks for business and personal use.

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Zipcar Brings Vehicles to Houston’s Midtown District

Zipcar is adding four of its carsharing vehicles to Houston’s Midtown district. Currently, Zipcar has 40 carsharing vehicles in 25 locations throughout the city of Houston.

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Uber Introduces All-Day Travel Option

UberHIRE will be available in several Indian cities between the hours of 4 am to 8 pm.

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Pacific Rent-a-Car Extends Contract With RentalCars.com

Pacific Rent-a-Car (Pacific-Rentals.com), a Northern Cyprus-based car rental company, has renewed its contract with RentalCars.com for the 2017 travel seasons.

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Enterprise UK Partners With Global FoodBanking Network

Working with The Global FoodBanking Network and food redistribution charity FareShare, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation will donate six payments of 500,000 pounds as annual grants to help feed people in the U.K.

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Ford Remarketing Manager Named Cox Automotive Woman of the Year

Cox Automotive has awarded Linda Silverstein, general manager, remarketing and rental operations, Ford Motor Company, as this year’s Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year.

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Europcar Acquires Italian Carsharer

Europcar has acquired Milan-based carsharing company GuidaMi and its 150-vehicle fleet, bringing its mobility services to Italy.

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Bidvest Unveils Keyless Rental App

South Africa-based Bidvest Car Rental has introduced its Snappdrive app that allows users to handle the entire rental process on a smartphone.

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Revv Expands Carsharing to 3 New Cities

Revv, an Indian-based carsharing service, has expanded to three new cities in India: Mumbai, Chennai, and Jaipur. It now operates in seven cities across India.

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Navotar Partners with Pulse CRM

Navotar, a car rental software provider, has partnered with Pulse CRM, a cloud-based customer relations management (CRM) and sales solution for automotive dealerships.

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Europcar Launches Pay-by-the-Hour Carsharing in Scotland

Europcar Hourly Hire, available in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, offers both electric and hybrid vehicles.

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What Does the Future Hold for Fleet Sales to Car Rental?

With domestic automakers pulling back on rental fleet sales and lower overall light-duty sales projected, the car rental industry will have to adjust.

Who is the Local Operator of the Future?

In an autonomous vehicle environment, the business model will change, but fleet management will be more important than it is today.

Five Business Model Trends for 2017

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

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