Dollar Rent A Car Goes Wireless

Dollar Rent A Car customers can now book a vehicle directly through dollar.com from popular personal data assistants (PDAs) such as the Palm VIIx, Handspring, or any Palm OS device that has Inte...

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Payless Opens Nicaraguan Operation

Payless has executed an international license agreement with Norma Flores Molina, owner of El Dorado Rent A Car. Two locations are now open in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Payless will be ...

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Ford Completes Offer to Acquire Hertz

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it has completed the company's $710 million tender offer for the remaining shares of Hertz Corp. Ford paid $35.50 per share -- a premium of 46% over the price of Hertz...

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Budget Shareholder Meeting Scheduled for May 17

Budget Group Inc. has scheduled its annual shareholder meeting for Thursday, May 17, at company headquarters in Lisle, Ill. Budget owns Budget Rent a Car and Ryder TRS....

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Dana Clay Retires from TSD Inc. Position

After a 20-year career in the auto rental industry, former ACTIF President Dana H. Clay has decided to retire from his position at TSD Inc. in Andover, Mass. He will continue to work as a board ...

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Avis Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Cendant Corp. Merger

Avis Group Holdings announced that shareholders at a special meeting approved Cendant Corp.'s acquisition of Avis Group Holdings Inc. at a price of $33 per share in cash. A total of 99.6% of the...

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Thrifty Launches Speech Recognition Phone Program to Assist Customers

Thrifty Car Rental, a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, has collaborated with SpeechWorks International to launch a speech-recognition program aimed at assisting customers who call ...

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Budget Group Inc. Appoints Abbott VP and Treasurer

Budget Group Inc., headquartered in Lisle, Ill., has named Katherine L. Abbott the company's vice president and treasurer. Abbott, 49, most recently served as managing director in the National B...

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Budget's Lender Group Approves Amendment to Revolving Credit Facility

Budget Group said that its lender group has approved an amendment to the company's revolving credit facility maturing in 2003, which restores availability up to $550 million.Budget Group will al...

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Thrifty Launches Double-Miles Promotion for Air Canada's Frequent Flier Program Members

Thrifty Car Rental has launched a double-miles promotion for members of Aeroplan, Air Canada's frequent flier program. Members who rent two days or more will receive 1,000 miles per qualifying r...

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Dollar Supports Industry Rate Increase

In response to ANC's new rate increases, Dollar Rent A Car announced plans to raise rates as well.ANC's divisions, Alamo and National, are raising U.S. rates by $3 per day and $20 per week on al...

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Honolulu Offers Lowest Car Rental Rates

Based on an analysis of 100 metropolitan areas nationwide by Runzheimer International, Honolulu has the lowest car rental rates in the U.S. Runzheimer International is a management consulting fi...

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Avis Gets Winning Score in Customer Loyalty Survey

Avis Rent A Car has captured the top industry prize in the third annual Brand Keys 2000 Customer Loyalty Awards, marking the second straight year that Avis has led the rental car field.Avis rece...

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CAR Hosts Manheim Economist Who Will Forecast Used Car Market

Tom Webb, chief economist at Manheim Auctions, is set to forecast used car sales projections at the upcoming Conference of Automotive Remarketing. The conference will be held March 19-21 at the ...

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Budget Sells U.K. Operations

Budget Group has signed a letter of intent to sell its corporate operations in Manchester and Birmingham, England, to Jaeban U.K. Ltd, a current Budget franchisee. Budget said it expects the sal...

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Avis Becomes Partner in US Airways Dividend Miles Program

Avis Rent A Car has become a new partner in the US Airways Dividend Miles program. Under the agreement, Dividend Miles members can earn one mile for every $1 spend on qualifying corporate and go...

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Hertz Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Hertz board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share on the company's class A and class B common stock, payable on March 9. The dividend applies to shareholders of recor...

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National Offers Time-saving Refueling Option

National, a division of ANC Rental Corporation, has launched a new time-saving refueling option that lets Emerald Club members have their returned car refueled by National service agents at loca...

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CAR 2001 to Feature Thrifty's Himelfarb

Don Himelfarb, president and CEO of Thrifty Rent-A-Car Systems, is set to speak about car rental remarketing issues at the sixth annual Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), scheduled for ...

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Avis Becomes Partner in US Airways Dividend Miles Program

Avis Rent A Car has become a new partner in the US Airways Dividend Miles program. Avis now offers Dividend Miles members opportunities to earn frequent flier benefits when renting a car....

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