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Avis Budget offers discount car hire from northeast US to Florida

Avis Budget MiamiCar hire conglomerate Avis Budget is running a special discount promotion on one-way car hire from the northeastern US to Florida. The promo of US$5 (£3.80) is available on rentals from locations including New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boston.

The Avis Budget Group has launched the promotion in an effort to fix a shortage of hire cars in Florida. Hire cars were the transport option of choice for many Floridians in their haste to flee as Hurricane Irma bore down on the US’s southern Sunshine State last month.

An estimated six million people fled from the path of the hurricane. As many headed up to the northeast US this means hire fleet vehicles normally available in Florida are in car parks a thousand miles away.

Florida state authorities say hire cars are needed by residents whose cars were damaged or written off by Irma as well as tourists. Various terms and provisos apply to the one-way southbound Avis Budget car hire offer, but the starter US$5 rate is available on models up to Group E.

A higher daily rate of US$14.95 (£11.30) is applicable to high-end models like SUVs and soft-top convertibles. A limited number of vehicles in these classes are available. The offer runs through until Halloween on the 31 October.

Avis Budget Group president Joe Ferraro noted that the promotion had a double benefit. He explained that it would help people get to Florida and also return vehicles to where they were most needed.

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