California Car Tax May Require No Lawmaker Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state finance officials issued a legal opinion last week that concluded state officials have the authority to triple car registration fees without a vote by legi...

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Tax Hike Proposed to Help Finance Dallas Stadium

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) introduced a bill (SB 1111) last week that would raise Dallas County car rental tax limits from 5% to 6% in order to help finance a new...

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Lawsuits Allege Automaker, Dealer Antitrust Violations

Multiple antitrust lawsuits have been filed against seven of the largest automakers, alleging that they conspired to prevent U.S. consumers from buying new vehicles in Canada where prices are co...

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Ohio Bill Proposes 50-Cents-Per-Day Rental Tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's House last week approved a $5.5 billion transportation financing package, backed by Governor Bob Taft, which calls for a 50-cents-per-day car rental tax. In addition, th...

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Private Equity Firms to Acquire Worldspan

ATLANTA -- Worldspan's financially strapped airline owners -- American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines -- announced they have sold the GDS company to private equity firms. The f...

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ANC Financing Deals Draw Court Approval

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A U.S. Bankruptcy Court last week gave ANC Rental Corp. authority to move forward on a number of crucial financing deals, including a plan that provides the company $126 mill...

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Payless Expands Franchisee Benefits

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Payless Car Rental System announced it has partnered with Subrogation Management Team, Williams & Stazzone Insurance Agency Inc., and Thompson, Bostrom & Associates in or...

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New York Bills Seek Vicarious Liability Limits

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York legislators are considering bills seeking limits on car rental operators' vicarious liability in the state.The bills, introduced in both the Senate and Assembly, would p...

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McCann-Erickson Wins Budget RAC Ad Account

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Budget Rent A Car has awarded its advertising account to McCann-Erickson New York. Cliff Freeman and Partners previously held the Budget account, before Cendant acquired Budg...

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Dallas Cowboys Propose Stadium Tax

DALLAS -- Representatives from the Dallas Cowboys NFL team have proposed plans for a $500 million stadium funded in part by a new Dallas County car rental tax. The plan also calls for creation o...

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Enterprise's Taylor Makes Forbes' Billionaire List

NEW YORK -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack Taylor's $3 billion fortune earned him the 113th spot in Forbes magazine's latest list of billionaires. Microsoft's Bill Gates captured the number-...

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Enterprise Opens in Dayton Airport

DAYTON, Ohio -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car in February opened an on-airport location at Dayton International Airport.Car rental companies already operating on airport at Dayton are Avis, Budget, Doll...

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Thrifty, Enterprise to Operate at Wichita Airport

WICHITA, Kan. -- Despite protests from some of their competitors, Thrifty Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car received approval this week to begin operating on airport at Wichita Mid-Continent ...

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San Francisco Airport People-Mover Opens

SAN FRANCISCO -- After months of delays, San Francisco International Airport's AirTrain people-mover system last week began operations, transporting car rental customers between the airport term...

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Checking into Hotel Partnerships

Partnering with a hotel can provide a steady stream of referrals, extra exposure and marketing opportunities. But there are also hidden costs to consider.

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Diverse Marketing Drives Sales for American Van Rental

Event marketing is just one of the techniques that has helped the Atlanta-based independent rental company thrive for more than a decade.

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Shielding Your Company from Employee Fraud

Creating a positive work environment, along with keeping complete and accurate financial records, can help prevent employee fraud.

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Midwest Express to Launch Low-Fare Leisure Airline

MILWAUKEE -- Midwest Express Holdings Inc. announced plans to launch a low-fare airline focusing on the leisure market. The company said the yet-to-be-named airline will complement its existing ...

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Warwick Rental Facility in the Works

WARWICK, R.I. -- Authorities at T.F. Green Airport expect to firm up plans for a rental car garage by sometime next month, according to the Warwick Beacon newspaper.The Rhode Island Airport Corp...

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Avis Test-Markets Phone-Based Navigation System

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis announced it is test-marketing a new phone-based navigation system, called "Avis Assist," from Motorola Inc. For a daily fee, Avis customers at the Dallas Fort Worth air...

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