About Us

Where the journey began

In 1946 Warren Avis opened the world's first airport car rental location at Willow Run Airport, Detroit, with a grand total of three cars. Today, Avis operates from over 5,000 locations in 165 countries worldwide.

Avis is a trusted and award-winning brand with a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, with a commitment to true convenience and exceptional service.

Here are just a few key historical milestones in this success story:

MILESTONE

1946
Warren Avis founds Avis Airlines Rent a Car Systems at Willow Run Airport, Detroit. Anticipating post-war travel trends, this is the world's first car rental operation at an airport location.
1953
International expansion begins with franchise operations in Europe, Canada and Mexico.
1963
Avis launches a bold new advertising campaign... 'We're only No.2. We try harder'... now acknowledged as one of the 10 best advertising slogans of all time and embedded as the very essence of the company's culture.

1965
Avis formally expands in the international arena by founding the Europe, Africa and Middle East division (Avis Europe). Corporate operations are established in major European countries and in some cases success is spectacular (e.g. in Spain). Avis climbs from newcomer to largest car rental company in just one year.
1973
Avis achieves market leadership in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, just eight years after Avis Europe was founded. The business begins expansion into the fleet leasing market.
1986
Avis Europe becomes the first car rental company in history to successfully float on the London Stock Exchange. In three years as a public company, Avis Europe triples its market value.
1989
Avis Europe reverts to private ownership with three major shareholders, D'Ieteren, General Motors and Avis Inc.

1997
Avis Europe successfully floats on the London Stock Exchange for the second time, primarily to fund expansion of its core business.
2003
Avis Europe acquires the rights to operate the Budget brand in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
2012
Awarded the 'World's Leading Business Car Rental Company' at the World Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year.
2013
Awarded the 'Best Car Rental Company in Europe' at the Business Traveller Awards for the tenth consecutive year.

About Avis Nigeria

In 2006, Wheels Leasing services Limited, an indigenous Nigeria car rental company that commenced operations in February 2005 was issued a license to operate the Avis rent a car fleet management and truck service for the territory of Nigeria.

Our Value proposition mainly centres on who we are and what we do, because at Avis "We try harder" to make everything about car rentals as simple and transparent as possible; while providing excellent service and great value for money'

Our "Pioneer Spirit" philosophy means we put customer satisfaction first and that we constantly strive to find ways to improve both our products and services.

AVIS's truly international network ensures that no matter where you are in the world, the chances are that there ia an Avis operator nearby to provide you with top quality cars and fast, efficient and friendly service.

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