Car-Rental Pioneer Avis Dies at 92

Warren Avis, who founded Avis Rent-a-Car in 1946, has died at 92. Avis was the first car rental business to be located at an airport. Warren Avis, a pilot, came up with the idea when he couldn't find ground transportation once he landed. He sold the business in 1954 for $8 million.

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Today's last word in business goes to a pioneer in car rental.

Warren Avis died yesterday of natural causes. He was 92 years old. Avis Rent-a-Car was founded back in 1946, the first car rental business to be located at an airport. Mr. Avis came up with the idea when he was a pilot, couldn't find ground transportation once he landed.

Avis' company went on to become the world's largest car-rental service until it was eventually surpassed by Hertz. Avis himself sold his interest in the business in 1954 for $8 million but it remains in business, the company that says we try harder.

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