Hertz announces today the expansion of its car sharing service, Hertz On Demand http://www.hertzondemand.com/, in the Boston market with a ‘Give It Up, Get More’ promotion. Beginning today, local residents can sign up online, and start reserving cars from one of Hertz On Demand’s local hubs to experience the enhanced member benefits offered by this car sharing club, including:
NEW: Elimination of late fees. Hertz On Demand members will not receive punitive charges/late fees for the late return of a vehicle(1)
Free membership. Hertz On Demand has no enrollment fee or annual membership fee, and offers low hourly and daily rates
“Give it Up, Get More” Promotion: Through December 31, 2011, members joining Hertz On Demand who mail their membership card from any US competitor receives $75 in driving credits to try Hertz On Demand (available forall Hertz On Demand locations/markets in the US). Visit http://www.hertzondemand.com/ for details.
The introduction of a membership kiosk in Boston (414 Cambridge Street, Allston) so residents can sign up on the spot
Rental fleet options including the Nissan Altima and Jeep Liberty. Hertz On Demand also plans to add Fiat 500 vehicles to its Boston fleet in the coming weeks
180 miles a day(2), gas and insurance included in rates
Daily rates on Hertz rental cars for longer trips; Ability to rent a car for up to 30 days
Unparalleled member service including 24/7 live, in-car assistance from a team of Hertz Member Care experts
“By expanding Hertz On Demand in Boston, we are able to offer local residents a new car sharing option that costs less while at the same time provides greater choice and unequalled customer service,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Hertz Corporation. “Hertz is committed to redefining the car sharing industry, and offering unmatched member-centric services such as the elimination of late fees, as well as membership and annual fees. By utilizing the resources we have as the leading global car rental company - including best-in-class technology - we are making strides to bring the future of car sharing to life for our customers.”
Hertz On Demand provides members a quick, easy and convenient option to rent a car spontaneously and currently has 7 locations in the Boston area:
414 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA (Hertz Local Edition location equipped with member kiosk)
166 Terrace St, Boston MA (Oliver Lofts)
7 Seaport Drive, Quincy, MA (Marina Bay)
390 Congress Street, Boston, MA (Open Air Parking Lot)
126 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA (Dartmouth Street Parking Garage, Copley Place)
31 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square Parking Garage)
100 Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge, MA (Galleria Mall)
Hertz On Demand provides an economical, convenient and socially conscious alternative to car ownership. The service is a pay-as-you-go system, providing members with 24/7 access to vehicles strategically located throughout their city. It has approximately 70,000 members, is available in six countries and on approximately 50 university campuses. Hertz On Demand offers its members products and services that are unmatched in the car sharing industry, including:
The elimination of all membership and renewal fees in the U.S. and Europe
One-way car sharing rentals between 175 locations in the Northeast U.S.
Guaranteed availability. Monday through Thursday, in New York City, coming to Boston over the next few weeks.
An expanded car sharing fleet with new vehicles added to the service. The U.S. fleet has been refreshed to include luxury cars, including the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia; and cars for moving, including the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan Titan pick-up truck.
Simplified reservation process http://www.hertzondemand.com/ is newly redesigned, with a simplified reservation process, including one way map routing and reservations, enhanced search capabilities, faster page load times and enhanced details about car makes and models
Unparalleled Member Service. Hertz On Demand’s industry leading, proprietary in-car technology provides members a safe and superior in-car experience. Upon enrolling, members receive a smart chip enabled card which gives them keyless entry to any reserved car. In the vehicle, a hands-free audio kit connects members to Hertz’s in-house Member Care Center - available 24/7, 365 days a year - should they have questions, need assistance or need to extend their reservation. Hertz On Demand “communicates” with the vehicle, enabling representatives to unlock, engage and locate vehicles, cars are equipped with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, for hands free driving, and EZ Pass transponders
As the only leading global rent-a-car company to offer a car club, Hertz is ideally positioned to offer tailored solutions which are designed to meet the needs of today’s businesses. Businesses can reduce expenses and control costs by converting fixed fleet costs into variable costs by only paying for per trip usage. Shared cars can be used for professional purposes, including trips to nearby offices and off-site meetings. And, businesses can give employees a money-saving perk by offering Hertz On Demand cars at work, making cars available for personal usage. Hertz On Demand is able to place cars on corporate sites and offers corporate members the added benefit of classic car rental services. Businesses, government entities with fleet operations, and even companies operating residential buildings, such as apartment blocks, can all benefit by offering employees and tenants car sharing services. Hertz On Demand also serves businesses and organizations including Marriott International, BAA Airports Ltd. and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
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