SBA Expands Eligibility for Loans

NEW YORK – In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded eligibility for its Sept. 11 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. In some cases, businesses beyond the ...

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Plan Seeks to Double Car Rental Tax in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Franklyn Gimbel, chairman of the Wisconsin Center District Board, has proposed doubling the county car rental tax -- from 3% to 6% -- to help fund expansion of the Midwest Express C...

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Dollar Launches Thumbprinting Pilot Program

TULSA, Okla. -- In an effort to prevent credit card fraud and vehicle theft, Dollar Rent a Car in late October launched a pilot program that requires customers to leave their thumbprint on the r...

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Cendant, IBM Close $1.4 Billion Technology Services Deal

NEW YORK -- IBM and Cendant Corp. have signed a $1.4 billion technology services agreement that has IBM managing Cendant's data center in Denver. IBM will also offer computer support services an...

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Avis Offers Package for Skiers

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis customers can save money when they head for ski country this winter by taking advantage of the Avis Ski Saver Package. The package offers 20% off on weekend and weekly r...

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Thrifty Opens In-Terminal in Miami

MIAMI -- Thrifty Car Rental has begun in-terminal operations inside Miami International Airport, with a rental counter in four of the airport's baggage claim areas. "Our new in-terminal airport ...

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Southern Auto Auction to Sponsor CAR 2002

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Southern Auto Auction will be the title sponsor of the Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) 2002, scheduled for April 12-14, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicag...

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Budget Group Completes Asset-Backed Offering of $240 Million

LISLE, Ill. -- Budget Group Inc. announced it has completed the sale of $240 million of asset-backed medium-term notes through an institutional private placement. The company will use the procee...

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Traveler Sentiment Improves in Fourth Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite the drop in travel since Sept. 11, the Travel Industry Association of America's (TIA) latest Traveler Sentiment Index improved slightly in the fourth quarter of 2001....

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L.A. Airport Board Approves Facility Charge

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved the collection of a state-authorized "customer facility charge" from rental car companies serving Los Angeles Internati...

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Hertz Offers Holiday Rates Program

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Hertz Corp. is offering special holiday rental rates at participating corporate locations Nov. 20-24 and Dec. 20-25.Rates are $20 per day for compact cars, such as the Fo...

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Rent-A-Wreck Posts $352,000 Profit for Second Quarter

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Rent-A-Wreck of America posted a $352,000 net income for the second quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Net income for the fiscal year's six-month period totaled $751,000, the co...

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NHTSA Releases List of Models to be Crash Tested

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a list of the 72 model-year 2002 vehicles it will crash test in fro...

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Rent-A-Wreck Hires Franchise Service Director

OWINGS MILL, Maryland -- Rent-A-Wreck of America has hired Spencer Cooke as director of franchise service and support. Cooke was once city manager for Enterprise in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area...

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Homestore, Budget Sign Modified Deal

LISLE, Ill. -- Homestore.com Inc. and Budget Group Inc. have reached an agreement to extend a strategic marketing alliance while at the same time settling Homestore's stock price guarantee due i...

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Thrifty's Government Program Goes Global

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental has given its governmental rental program global reach, expanding it to include representatives of international governments. Available at participating locati...

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Travel Group Predicts 5% Corporate Rate Hike

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Business Travel Assn. has released its "2002 Business Travel Cost Forecast," which predicts that corporate car rental rates will increase by 5%.The NBTA predicted...

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U-Save Acquires Preferred Rent-A-Car

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- U-Save Auto Rental of America, based in Jackson, Miss., has acquired the 13-location Preferred Rent-A-Car chain in Florida. The former Preferred Rent-A-Car branches and two c...

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ANC Rental Files for Chapter 11 Protection

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- ANC Rental Corp., the parent company of Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, filed Tuesday for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U. S. bankruptcy code. The fili...

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Sluggish Economy Takes Toll on Third Quarter

Because of the travel slump and economic slowdown, both Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. and Hertz reported major drops in third-quarter profits compared to last year’s figures. However, Bud...

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