Thrifty Car Rental

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Thrifty Car Rental
TypeSubsidiary
Industry Car rental
Founded1958;64 years ago (1958)
Headquarters,
United States
Number of locations
1,061 locations (2022) [1]
Owner The Hertz Corporation
Website thrifty.com

Thrifty Car Rental is an American car rental agency, headquartered in Estero, Florida, with offices in many countries around the world. Thrifty is owned by The Hertz Corporation, along with other agencies including Hertz Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car. Thrifty typically caters to budget-conscious leisure travelers.

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History

Thrifty Car Rental was established in 1958. [2] [3] The company completed an initial public offering (IPO) of common stock in 1987. It would grow in size by purchasing Ohio-based Snappy Car Rental for US$40 million in May 1989. [4]

By the end of 1989, the company was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation for US$263 million (equivalent to $575 million in 2021) and merged into the company's Pentastar Transportation Group. [2] A few months later, Chrysler would also purchase Dollar Rent A Car. In September 1994, Chrysler would sell Snappy Car Rental to a group of investors. [5]

On December 23, 1997, Chrysler spun off its car rental operations into the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group with an IPO, as part of an effort to reduce operating expenses at Chrysler. [6] [7] [8] By the By the end of the 1997 fiscal year, Dollar Thrifty Automotive maintained 872 locations in the United States and employed a staff of 5,400. [9] [10]

Fleet sizes and locations in the United States:

The Hertz Corporation announced the company would purchase of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group for US$2.3 billion (equivalent to $3 billion in 2021) on November 19, 2012. [15]

As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism, on April 30, 2020, Hertz announced that it has missed lease payments on its fleet and was seeking support of its lenders in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. [16] On May 22, 2020, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it did not reach an agreement with top lenders. [17] [18] The company emerged from bankruptcy in early 2021. [19]

Operations

The Thrifty brand typically caters to budget-conscious leisure travelers renting from airports. [20] [21]

The Blue Chip Rental Express Program

Thrifty Car Rental's free Blue Chip Express Rental Program was introduced to the U.S. and Canada in 2008. [22] It offers expedited pickup and returns processes, choosing vehicle type, insurance coverage, designated lines at the counter, and syncing airline rewards. [23] [22]

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