Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car System, Inc. is an American car rental company that was founded in 1958 in Los Angeles, California by Morris Mirkin.[1] Budget's operations are headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.[2]

Budget Rent a Car System, Inc.
IndustryCar rental
Founded1958 (1958)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
FounderMorris Mirkin
Jules Lederer
HeadquartersParsippany, New Jersey, U.S.
Number of locations
~2,750 (as of 2010)
OwnerAvis Budget Group

With its original fleet of 10 cars, the company lived up to the 'Budget' name by undercutting the daily and per mile rental rates of the established airport based car rental companies. Mirkin was joined in 1959 by Julius Lederer and together they built the company internationally. In 1960, the headquarters moved to Chicago, Illinois and the rental fleet expanded with franchised and wholly owned rental outlets.

The company was eventually acquired by Transamerica Corporation, and then sold in 1986 in a leveraged buyout by Gibbons, Green and van Amerongen Ltd., along with management (led by CEO Clifton E. Haley) and selected investors. The company made its first public stock offering in 1987.[3]

Team Rental Group purchased the public company in 1997 and took the name Budget Group. In 2002, it sold the company's assets to Cendant Corporation, which also owned Avis.[4] In September 2006, Cendant Corporation separated into four independent companies. The real estate division became Realogy, Inc., its hospitality services division became Wyndham Worldwide, and the travel distribution services division became Travelport, Inc., an affiliate of The Blackstone Group. In 2006, following the Travelport sale, Cendant, now composed solely of its vehicle rental services businesses, renamed itself Avis Budget Group.[1]

Of the approximately 800 Budget Rental Car locations in the U.S., 600 are company-operated locations and 200 are licensee locations. Internationally, there are 150 company-operated locations and 1,800 licensees.[5]

Celebrity spokespersons

Beginning in April 2011, television actress Wendie Malick of Hot in Cleveland became the spokesperson in a series of television and online ads that offer special, limited-time, discount offers.[6]


  1. "Budget Rent a Car". Answers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  2. "Customer Care". Budget Rent a Car. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  3. "The Avis Budget Timeline". The Avis Budget Group. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  4. "Cendant cutting hotels, strikes deal for Budget". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  5. "Budget Rent A Car". Neotravel.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  6. "Budget Launches New Advertising Campaign" (Press release). Budget Rent a Car. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
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