ATLANTA – Manheim and Avis Budget Group joined forces to pilot Avis Early Access, a new program designed to significantly increase the speed and efficiency of rental vehicle remarketing on units at select Avis airport locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., and Pittsburgh.
Additional locations are scheduled to open in the near future. Avis locations now have the ability to quickly turn out-of-service vehicles into cash by wholesaling inventory directly off facility lots, reaching buyers from around the country through daily Manheim Online Event Sales.
“Avis Early Access not only offers significant inventory management and cost benefits to our operations, but it also provides prospective dealers and wholesale buyers with the earliest possible opportunity to purchase the premium vehicles of the Avis rental fleet,” said Greg Thibault, vice president, fleet disposal, Avis. “That’s a winning program for everyone, especially with the ongoing demand for quality used vehicles.”
The new program reduces days-to-sell for Avis by virtually eliminating the need to transport vehicles from a rental location, such as an airport Avis rental lot, for inspection and subsequent sale. Instead, Early Access puts online selling tools at Avis’ fingertips by delivering a Manheim-approved listing service directly to Avis locations that positions inventory for selling success by capturing all the condition information that online buyers demand.
“We strive to help our customers gain better results for their remarketing initiatives,” said Nick Peluso, senior vice president, customer management, Manheim. “While Avis Early Access is in the beginning stages, we are confident of this program’s ability to help Avis drive improved operational efficiencies.”