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Win Tickets to the International Children’s Festival

Tell us about your favourite road trip, and you can win tickets to the International Children’s Festival!

We have four sets of tickets that we’re giving away on Facebook. Just head there, and write on our wall, telling is about your favorite road trip memory! And don’t forget to tell us which show you’re interested in seeing!

International Children's Festival

The Shows

2 Tickets for The Little Mermaid – Saturday June 1st – All ages
4 Tickets for Splash N Boots – Saturday June 1st – Good for preschool kids
4 Tickets for Zoo Zoo – Friday May 31 – All ages
4 Tickets for World of Rhythm – Saturday June 1st – All ages

We’ll pick our favorite stories on May 30th!

Celebrating 50 Years at Budget Edmonton

2013 will mark a major milestone for Budget Car and Truck Rental of Edmonton as we celebrate our 50th year in operation.

Growing up in Calgary, founder, Lionel Groberman assisted his father in the family furniture store where he worked as a helper on the delivery truck.  After earning a Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia he returned to the family business and worked in mutual funds for a few years. In July of 1963 Lionel opened his first Budget Edmonton location in what is now the Telus Towers.

The early years were not easy and required the dedication, and the steady work ethic he learned on from the family business. He started with a dozen vehicles and one wash bay attendant. Since 1963, Budget Edmonton has grown to have locations in 12 cities across Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Those dozen or so vehicles that Lionel started off with has transformed into a fleet of over 4,000 vehicles in 2013.  We can honestly say we have one of the largest and most diverse fleet of vehicles in Northern Alberta.

And to commemorate 50 years, check out our new logo:

As a special thank you to our loyal customers, we’re turning back the clock to 1963! Rent an economy car on the weekend for $5.00/day and 5¢/k or a truck for $10.00/day and 10¢/k!

Some restrictions apply. Please call 780-448-2000 for more information.

Two Major Car Manufacturers Teaming Up!

In the past, there has been a rivalry between General Motors and Ford, but the 2 companies announced Monday that they will be teaming up. Engineers from each manufacturer will work together to create 9 and 10 speed transmissions that will go into many new Ford and GM products.

One advantages of transmissions that have more gears are that the engine doesn’t work as hard, which will reduce the amount of fuel used. A spokesperson from each company has stated that this project will save each manufacturer millions of dollars and will allow them to keep their vehicles priced competitively. Analysts from the auto industry explained that if this transmission is built correctly it can raise gas mileage from 5% -10% on a six speed vehicle.

To read the full article, click here.

Are you excited about this new project? Let us know your thoughts!

All About Fleet Management

Did you know that Budget Edmonton specializes in long term truck rental and lease?

Our Fleet Management Division services all sizes of corporate clients. Utilizing the benefits of our strong local presence and worldwide reach, we are able to provide the exemplary service that your venture deserves. As a full service provider the Fleet Management Division offers:

  • Specialized Fleet targeted to fulfill the specific needs of Alberta’s job sites and work places.
  • A Fleet large enough to accommodate rush delivery requests.
  • Pickup and Delivery of all rentals.
  • Rigging to your specification.
  • Live customer support.
  • Fleet monitoring using portable GPS technology.

If your business has rental needs please contact us at fleetmanagement@budgetedmonton.com.

Get Some Peace of Mind for Your Next Car Rental With LDW

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is an option that relives you of the financial responsibility if the rental car is damaged, stolen, or vandalized. It can be added to your vehicle rental agreement when you come in to pick up your vehicle for a small fee.

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Chat with Budget Edmonton

Do you have a question or need more information about Budget Car and Truck rental? If you answered “Yes” then our chat agents can help you out. We have live agents to answer any questions during the week, and respond promptly to questions submitted in the evenings and on weekends

Our live agent can also book your car reservations and a confirmation will be sent to you e-mail.

Our agents are waiting to hear from you!!! Click here to chat!

Zip Car Becomes a Part of the Avis Budget Group Family

At the beginning of the month, the Avis Budget Group announced that they will be purchasing Zip Car, the world’s largest car sharing company, for a cool $491 million.  Avis Budget wants to attract new types of customers and so by purchasing Zip Car, they believe that they will be able to achieve this. A spokesman for the company told the public that by combining the two companies, they will be able to save around $50-$70 million a year.

For people who aren’t familiar with Zip Car here is some background information about the company.  The company was founded in 2000 and has become the largest car sharing company and operates all over the world.  Zip Car parks some of their vehicles on college campuses as well as large metropolitan areas. Zip Car members have access to a variety of different vehicles and are able to rent on an hourly basis without having to wait.

What are your thoughts on this merger? We would love to hear from you. If you would like to read the full article just click on the link below:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/autos/avis-budget-group-purchasing-zipcar-in-491m-deal-1.1097966

Trends from the L.A. Auto Show

The 2012 L.A. Auto Show featured fantastic new vehicles from just about all of the major automakers. While the majority of the vehicles don’t look alike, there were six common trends that could be seen.

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All About AIR MILES

Treat yourself, you’ve earned it!

As a valued Budget customer and AIR MILES Collector, you can earn 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $10 spent on truck rentals at Budget in Canada.

AIR MILES is a fantastic loyalty program where you can collect point a variety of locations and stores across Canada, and redeem for an even more diversity of rewards! At Budget you can redeem your AIR MILES reward miles for as little as 240 reward miles per day for a Compact car.

Not only that, collectors can receive on special discount on rentals. Just quote BCD #A639500 and you will save 5%-25% off of your rental.

Rent More, Earn More™ Program

AIR MILES Collectors can earn up to 230 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles. Now, that’s a deal!

Rent with Budget today to be automatically enrolled in the exclusive
Rent More, Earn More™ Program for 2012 and start earning Bonus AIR MILES reward miles on your next rental with Budget. This offer valid until December 31, 2012.

Loyalty Programs Survey

And speaking of loyalty programs, we have a short survey (no more than 5 minutes!) on them that is open until December 31, 2012. Everyone who fills it out will be entered into a draw to win a 3-Day Weekend of a Luxury SUV! Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/budgetedmonton

Not Making an Appearance!

Most automakers release new and improved models of their most popular vehicles every year. But many of the models that we have come to know and love will not be making an appearance in 2013; instead they will be replaced with a different model. Some of the vehicles that won’t be joining us in 2013 are:

 

  • Kia Rondo: replaced with the Kia Carens
  • Kia Sedona
  • Mazda CX-7: replaced with the CX-5
  • Dodge Caliber: replaced with the Dodge Dart
  • Jeep Liberty
  • Hyundai Elantra Touring: replaced by the Elantra GT
  • Hyundai Veracruz: replaced by the Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Ford Escape Hybrid: replaced by the Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Routan

Is there any vehicle that you would like automakers to bring back? Let us know your thoughts!!!

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