MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - As a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, Texas-based Advantage Rent A Car has responded by sending much needed inventory of rental cars into the Houston area.
Thousands of vehicles in the region have been either rendered inoperable or destroyed as a result of flooding and other storm damage. To assist in taking care of the tremendous demand for rental cars that will be needed in the city for relief and reconstruction, Advantage has already started to move additional vehicles into the Houston area.
"As a company with deep roots in Texas, we were naturally concerned for the welfare of our employees, friends and neighbors," said Denny Hecker, Chairman of Advantage. "Although our own Houston location was in the path of the storm I am proud of the fact that our employees and managers have committed to meet the emergency needs of our customers."
Advantage officials reported today that most of its Texas car rental locations are nearing capacity because of the immediate demand for insurance agents, claims adjusters and government workers allowed to return to the city. However, having a large portion of its fleet in Texas, Advantage is in a unique position to leverage its inventory of cars and make them available in the distressed region.
In the coming weeks and months as residents, construction workers and others return to the area, Advantage will provide car rental options for renters affected by Hurricane Ike.
To reserve a car now, call the Advantage Reservation Center at 800-777-5500.
Advantage Rent A Car is privately held by Denny Hecker Family Ventures, with executive offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and whose principal business location is in San Antonio, Texas. Advantage serves travel and leisure, lifestyle, business, government and insurance replacement rentals in more than 50 U.S. locations and 36 affiliates internationally. Advantage is America's first major car rental company committed to going 100 percent green and providing environmentally conscientious travelers with a fleet of 100 percent fuel efficient vehicles by the end of 2010. The Advantage brand stands for friendly, fast and affordable experiences every time you rent from us. For a complete list of car rentals, locations, franchise opportunities, promotions and other information, please visit www.advantage.com.
The Hecker group of companies includes more than 200 companies with operations in automobile dealerships, fleet sales and leasing, daily automobile and motorcycle rental, mortgage and real estate, commercial and residential real estate development, aviation, hospitality, and technology. For more information, please visit www.dennyhecker.com.