About UsBudget combines the strength of one of the world's largest car rental brands together with detailed local knowledge, flexibility and great value for money.
Budget Car Rental is one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,350 locations in more than 120 countries.
Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travellers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,650 locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc.
As our name suggests we've always been synonymous with great value for money. We now offer a range of pre-payment options and charge facilities designed to keep you in control and help you save money.
For your peace of mind all our vehicles are safety checked and cleaned before every rental. And because we are constantly renewing our fleet you’ll be driving some of the very latest vehicles all at low prices.
A brief history of BudgetBudget was founded by Morris Mirkin in 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA as a rental car company for the "budget-minded" personal renter.
It broke into an already crowded market by operating off-airport and offering more competitive rates than its on-airport competitors. With three established on-airport competitors charging $10 a day and 10 cents a mile, Morris and his wife single-handedly managed a fleet of 10 cars available for $4 a day and 4 cents a mile.
Two years later, Budget Rent-a-Car was established, and the foundation of a system of corporate-owned and licensee-owned operations was laid. Since that time, Budget Rent-a-Car has continued to stay true to its name, providing renters with the same value for money, quality service.
Today, Budget Rent-a-Car has grown to become the world's third largest car and van rental company. Worldwide, Budget employs approximately 18,000 people and operates an average fleet of over 200,000 cars and vans from approximately 3,150 locations, including more than 800 airport locations, in more than 120 countries and territories.
Morris Mirkin opens his first store in Los Angeles with 10 cars at $4 per day.
Budget Rent-a-Car is established.
First UK operations open in Croydon and Ilford.
Over 120 UK locations begin renting vans.
Budget becomes the third largest car rental company in the world.
Budget named 'Official Car and Truck Rental Company' of the 1984 Olympics.
Avis Europe acquires the rights to the Budget Rent-a-Car brand for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Budget celebrates its 50th birthday.
Avis Budget Group, Inc. buys Avis Budget EMEA Limited and it's subsidiary Zodiac Europe Limited.