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Brash to open new rental car venture

Dr Brash to open new rental car venture, and witness signing of international agreement.

Abell Rentals and Scotties Rent-A-Car are pleased to announce their merger and official opening and the formal signing of our international affiliate partnership agreement with Advantage Rent-A-Car USA.

Dr Don Brash, the Leader of the Opposition will officially open our new combined location at 189 Blenheim Road at 12.30pm today, Tuesday 20th April 2004.

All media are invited to attend the opening; Dr Brash will formally witness the signing of our international affiliate agreement, followed by photo opportunity with our companies replica 1938 Alfa Romeo Racer.

Dr Brash will formally witness the signing of our affiliate partnership agreement with Advantage Rent-A-Car USA.

"We have come a long way since commencing business in 1987 in the Scotties back yard in Gisborne" said Mr Allan Scott, Managing Director of Scotties Rent-A-Car. "After trading part time for a few years in Gisborne with 8 cars, we relocated to Christchurch in 1995 with 16 cars."

"Our current operations has branches in Christchurch and Auckland, with agents throughout New Zealand and a diverse fleet of over 300 vehicles" said Mr Scott

"In November 2003 Scotties Rent-A-Car purchased Abell Rentals to meet our continued growth in rental demand from tourists and locals, and to provide an extensive range of mini buses, courier vans and light trucks" said Mr Scott. "Our new 189 Blenheim Road site enables us to cater for the increased demand in business through our affiliation with Advantage Rent-A-Car USA."

'We are proud to have grown, and provide 10 permeant and 5 seasonal jobs. We remain a Christchurch owned and independently operated rental group, with one of the largest and most diverse selection of vehicles available locally. said Mr Scott.

Advantage Rent-A-Car USA are the largest independently owned and operated rental car firm in the United States of America. They have a limited number of affiliates in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Australia and now New Zealand. Advantage Rent-A-Car USA handles over one million rentals per year, and have a fleet of over 12,000.

"Advantage Rent-A-Car USA decided to appoint an affiliate in New Zealand because of the demand from their existing customer base in the United States of America for a safe, reliable and competitive rental operator in New Zealand" said Mr Scott

Advantage Rent-A-Car USA are proud to be a family and staff owned and operated business. They choose affiliates that are dynamic and growing, and who provide customers with the best services and value, while maintaining a quality environment for long-term employment, growth and profitability.

"We were honoured to have been selected by Advantage Rent-A-Car USA as their affiliate partner in New Zealand, and through our partnership we are the only independently owned local Christchurch rental car company in New Zealand to have a presence on the world wide GDS (Global Distribution System) booking service" said Mr Scott. GDS is used by travel agents and powers most of the direct online real time booking sites on the web.

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