Rent-A-Wreck is a car rental agency that operates throughout the United States and in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. In addition to their store locations, they also own and operate the www.rentawreck.com website.
The company was founded in 1967 as a neighborhood rental agency specializing in low-cost car rentals, and began franchising in 1973. Rent-A-Wreck does not rent "wrecks." The name was chosen because the owners felt it was amusing and memorable, sparing them from having to spend money to advertise. These savings are passed to the consumer in the form of lower rental fees. The company still relies almost exclusively on word-of-mouth referrals and customer loyalty for business. Many Rent-A-Wreck locations now stock pickup trucks, box trucks, cargo vans and 15-passenger vans as part of their inventory.