Dollar: Henry Caruso began Dollar Rent a Car in 1965. Its original name was Dollar A Day Rent A Car, which was eventually shortened. He opened the first location in Los Angeles. Funnily enough, the first cars rented by Dollar were Volkswagen Beetles, which had stick shifts. They also had no AC. The company was founded on two principles: great customer service and low prices, a trend continued today. The headquarters are currently in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the company moved there in 1994.
After the first few years, the company primarily used cars from Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep, though it has incorporated other brands in more recent years. The company has just under 600 sites around the world. About half are in the United States and Canada. The other sites are located in more than 50 countries. In the United States, Dollar has a presence in all major U.S. cities, including locations like San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Denver, Anchorage, Seattle, Honolulu, and Dallas. In Canada, Dollar can be found in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, among many others, while in Mexico, you’ll find Dollar in places like Los Cabos, Cozumel, and Guadalajara. Brussels, Belgium, Istanbul, Turkey, Berlin, Germany, Madrid, Spain, Warsaw, Poland, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Edinburgh, Scotland (U.K.), and Dublin, Ireland are some of the other countries where Dollar operates.
In 1990, Dollar was merged with Thrifty Car Rental by Chrysler in the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, which it sold to Pentastar in 1997. However, Hertz Global Holdings purchased the company in 2012. Because Hertz owns the Hertz, Thrifty, and Dollar brands, the company has the largest airport presence of any other rental company. Collectively, they have approximately 10,000 locations worldwide.