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Florida state authorities switch car hire providers to save money

enterpriseAuthorities in the US state of Florida have announced they are switching car rental suppliers. Communications director Natalee Singleton said the switch to the Enterprise-National brand would save Florida US$1.9 million (£1.22 million) over the following five-year period.

The new contract, which will see the state hire vehicles from either National Car Rental or Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is due to come into effect on 1 October 2015. Ms Singleton noted that the swap from Avis would reduce Florida’s annual car hire bill by a full five per cent.

She carried on by saying that the joint Enterprise-National logo also had a larger collection of cars and commercial vehicles in addition to a choice of more than 450 service outlets. In the state capital of Tallahassee, drivers have a choice of five different pick-up locations which includes the city’s airport.

Enterprise-National is also due to open a new location in central Tallahassee over the next few months. Florida had previously signed a contract with Avis which took care of all the state’s car hire needs. This contract ends on 29 September. 

Enterprise Holdings is the owner of both the Enterprise and National logos as well as Alamo. It is currently the US’s biggest car rental company. It operates around 6,000 service offices with almost 10 per cent of these in airport locations.

In addition to the US, the firm operates in countries such as Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Enterprise cars and van can be hired in all major UK cities from Bristol to Inverness as well as at airports like Gatwick, Heathrow and George Best Belfast City.

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