One of the largest and most influential retailers in the nation, Sears operates more than 870 full-line stores in 3,800 retail locations throughout the United States under the brand names of Sears, Sears Essentials, Sears Grand, Big Kmart, the Great Indoors and Orchard Supply Hardware. As of 2004 the company's revenue was approximately $41 billion. Sears discount stores feature electronics, movies, bedding, sporting goods, toys, clothing, office supplies and health and beauty products. Some of the most prominent brands of Sears Holdings include Craftsman, Kenmore, Die Hard, Sesame Street, Joe Boxer and more.
In October 2002, two most trusted brands in the nation -- Sears and Avis Rent-A-Car united their efforts to provide top quality convenient car rental service to millions of Americans. Together with its subsidiaries, Avis Rent-A-Car operates the second largest car rental brand in the world, providing leisure and business customers with a variety of services at about 1,700 locations across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the American Caribbean region.
According to the agreement, Avis becomes an exclusive provider of car rentals for Sears store locations. A new alliance called for all Auto Sears Rental locations to be changed to Avis Rent-A-Car operations and marketed to Sears clients under the Avis brand for special promotions and benefits. More than 50 Avis locations opened at Auto Sears facilities by the end of 2003, with some 100 more following over the next two years. On becoming the exclusive partner of Auto Sears, Avis appears to be the only car rental company to accept Sears Card, owned by 30 million company's customers.
Holders of Sears Card are provided with a unique Worldwide Discount Number for special offers and discounted rates. All the reservations for Sears customers are booked through this reservation number and the company's web site. Today as ever two companies pride themselves on the commitment to top quality service and loyalty to their customers. Through this partnership Auto Sears clients are offered access to the exceptional car rental value, combined with excellent service of Avis.
When renting from Auto Sears, you are provided with a range of additional services, like Additional Liability Insurance, ensuring protection for property damage and bodily injury. Individuals of 25 years of age and older possessing a valid driver's license may be used as additional drivers with the renter's permission. An additional fee may be applied for each additional driver.
In the majority of location fee for additional driver is $25. Exempt from the fee are renter's employer or his regular fellow employee, provided he is at least 25 years of age, has a valid driver's license and owns an Avis honored charge card. Disabled drivers, who have completed non-licensed renter form, may be also listed as additional drivers. In locations of New York renters aged 18-24 are required to pay additional fee of $110. In all other states a fee of $25 applies for renters aged 21-24.