Florida Rental Operators Return to Locations After Irma

We reached out to several rental operators in Florida for an update on their rental locations and the safety of their employees after Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean and East Coast. Some cities are still facing flooding and power outages.

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A Shared Mobility Model Takes Shape for Fleets

Technology that allows cab drivers flexible access to a shared fleet is leveling the playing field for an 89-year-old taxi company.

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Wholesale Used Vehicle Depreciation at Two-Month Low

Wholesale used vehicles had their best weekly performance in two months, according to Black Book’s Sept. 11 Market Insights report.

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Manheim, ADESA Resume Florida Operations

Manheim and ADESA reopened their Florida auction facilities on Tuesday, as Hurricane Irma moved north toward Tennessee.

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Zipcar Expands in Chicago After Enterprise CarShare Shuts Down

Zipcar has added 15 vehicles at eight new locations throughout Chicago after Enterprise CarShare shut down its carsharing service in Chicago.

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Auto Europe Offers Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Auto Europe is pledging $5 per reservation booked by any travel agent nationwide for their client now through Sept 30, 2017. The pledge goes toward a relief fund to assist agents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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ADESA Closes Florida Auctions Ahead of Irma

Five ADESA auctions remained closed Monday as Hurricane Irma moved through Georgia and Alabama, and two ADESA auctions in those states curtailed hours and staff, the KAR Auction Services unit announced.

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Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Peaks

Wholesale used vehicle prices — on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis — increased 0.75% month-over-month in August, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to a record high of 131.3.

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Past AFLA President, Enterprise Remarketing Manager Janik Dies

Greg Janik, president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) from 1986-1987, passed away on Sept. 8. He was 74. Janik was a long-time member of AFLA and a strong supporter of the fleet industry.

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Florida Rental Companies Brace for Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma closes in on South Florida, car rental operators are closing early, securing buildings, and relaxing rental policies to ensure that employees and renters are safe.

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Seattle Airport Rental Employees Get $2M in Back Pay

Hertz and Thrifty will pay nearly $2 million to its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees in back pay owed under SeaTac’s minimum wage law, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

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Zipcar Expands to Costa Rica

Throughout San Jose, Heredia, and Alajuela, 20 Zipcar vehicles are now available by the hour or the day. Costa Rica is Zipcar’s first launch in Latin America.

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Fleet Jam Session to Analyze Hurricanes' Effect on Industry

Fleet Jam Session, convening at the 2017 Auto Rental Summit, will provide analysis of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma's effects on the auto rental industry, from the used car market and new car sales to rental rates, volume, and new and used values.

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Manheim to Close Florida Auctions Ahead of Irma

Manheim has closed its Puerto Rico facility and will close four of its Florida auctions on Friday ahead of Hurricane Irma's expected landfall in Florida over the weekend, according to the company.

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Greg Thibault to Retire as Avis Budget’s VP of Fleet Disposal

Greg Thibault will retire as Avis Budget’s vice president of fleet disposal after 20 years of leading Avis Budget’s auction sales and wholesale turn-back process with manufacturers.

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Enterprise to Transport 17K Rental Vehicles to Texas

To assist with disaster recovery, Enterprise Holdings has already delivered more than 4,000 rental cars and trucks into the Southeast Texas region. It anticipates bringing in 17,000 total vehicles before the end of the month.

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Turo Raises $92M, Acquires Daimler's Croove

Turo, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, has raised $92 million in funding from Daimler and other investors. Turo also acquired Daimler's Croove, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in Germany.

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Airport Rates Continue Upward Trend in August

August airport rates were up $3.45 over last year. Hurricane Harvey’s devastation will have a major effect on the Texas vehicle rental industry, but it didn’t significantly affect rates in August.

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Zipcar Starts Carsharing Service in Golden, Colo.

Zipcar has announced a new partnership with the city of Golden, Colo., to bring its carsharing service to area residents, businesses, visitors, and students.

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Weekly Car and Truck Depreciation Slows

Car and truck segments saw lower overall depreciation rates last week, according to Black Book's Sept. 4 Market Insights report.

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