Zipcar sold to Avis for nearly $500 million
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The acquisition is seen by the Detroit News’ Bryce Hoffman as further proof that younger Americans care less about car ownership than their parents and grandparents did. Zipcar’s service has more than 750,000 members, many of them located in or around college campuses.
The deal could bring the Avis fleet into play as Zipcars as well as offer a possible outlet for Avis to dispose of their high-milage newer vehicles.
Zipcar, founded in 2000, came to Ann Arbor in 2009 and is currently available to both city residents and college students. There are no expected changes in service after the acquisition takes effect later in the spring of 2013.
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