National Car Rental was founded in St. Louis, Missouri on August 27, 1947, when 24 independent car rental companies partnered together to begin operating in 60 US cities with a fleet of 800 cars.
1957 National Car Rental was already a well-established company, and it grew rapidly due to innovative, and strategic business planning for its time. The business decided to offer the option of renting a car in one location and returning it another. It was also the first car rental company to introduce the use of computers for daily car reservations, in 1966.
In 1975 National Car Rentals moved to Minneapolis, and in 1976, after the deregulation of the airline industry, it became the first company to offer a service with flat rates.
In 1987 National Car Rentals launched the Emerald Club plan, which was the first program created for frequent customers; along with the "Paperless Express Rental Agreement," a type of service that allowed customers to rent within seconds, thanks to computer storage of customer information.
Since 1994, National Car Rental has been an official sponsor of major events such as the PGA Tour (Professional Golf Association).
In 1998, National Car Rental moved its offices to Florida. However in 2007, the company was acquired by Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri; so that same year, the company returned to the city where it originally began.
Today National Car Rental has taken over the market not only in the US but also in Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 83,000 employees and a fleet of 1.5 million cars and trucks, National Car Rental is one of the world's leading car rental companies.
Among some of the major awards National Car Rental has received, The SmarterTravel, in 2010, chose National as the winner of "The Best Car Rental Loyalty Program". It was also recognized in 2013 by Executive Travel magazine with the "Leading Edge Award" for best car rental service in the travel industry; and in 2014 with "JD Power 2014 Customer Champion" for its service excellence in the car rental industry.
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