Appointments to Midway Car Rental – a division of Midway Auto Group – include Gary Kolodziej as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Sean Perez as General Manager
LOS ANGELES – Oct. 13, 2020 – Midway Auto Group, an automotive services company specializing in rental, leasing, sales, and supply, adds two new members to the Midway Car Rental executive team, Gary Kolodziej as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Sean Perez as General Manager. Midway Car Rental is a division of Midway Auto Group and is the largest independently owned car rental company in Los Angeles. Both roles report to Brett Lippel, President of Midway Auto Group.
“I’m thrilled that both Gary and Sean will be leading the growth and development of our car rental business,” said Lippel. “Their extensive experience in the industry and proven success in building dynamic teams sets us apart from our competition and I have every confidence they will help Midway reach new heights.”
Kolodziej joins Midway Car Rental after 26 years at Enterprise Rent-A-Car where he earned a track record of expansion across multiple markets and business segments. Most recently, he served as Fleet Strategist in one of the company’s largest and most competitive regions, southern California. Prior, he was the Regional Vice President in Houston where he grew the region by 30 percent. His many accomplishments include increasing net profits two-fold in four years and negotiating the company’s first multi-market agreement with Service King, becoming one of the larger multiple shop operators (MSO) in the country. Honors included Exceptional Achievement Awards in Remarketing, Business Management, and Daily Rental. Kolodziej will be responsible for managing and developing his sales team to support Midway Car Rental’s growth and expansion into new markets.
“I’m excited to be joining Midway Car Rental at such an important time in its growth,” said Kolodziej. “Undoubtedly, the pandemic has hit our industry hard, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to create new business streams and foster even stronger relationships that will set us up for future success and expand our reach.”
Perez has more than 16 years of experience in the car rental business, tenaciously driving his teams to success. In his new role, he will be overseeing the growing number of Midway Car Rental branches, including operations, profit growth and staff development. Prior to joining Midway Car Rental, Perez managed a team of more than 300 employees at Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Los Angeles International Airport location, the company’s largest and most profitable operation. He was directly accountable for revenue growth in excess of $75 million annually. Previously, he pioneered the company’s exotic car collection, expanding the footprint from six branches to 12 and driving increased revenue from $1.5 million to $7.8 million.
“I’ve always admired Midway’s focus on providing the best cars and the best service to its customers,” said Perez. “I’m excited for the opportunity to bring my unique experience and expertise to the table and take the already impressive teams to the next level.”
About Midway Auto Group
Midway Auto Group offers a wide range of specialized vehicle transportation services, operating five distinct, yet connected businesses: rental, leasing, sales, fleet and financing. The company serves both corporate and individual clients with customized high-value vehicle solutions. Midway Auto Group is a member of the Hankey Group of companies, which holds assets totaling more than $12 billion. For more information, please visit www.midwayautogroup.com.
About Midway Car Rental
Midway Car Rental is the largest independently owned car rental company in Los Angeles. Since 1972, Midway has been serving the Southern California market with an emphasis on the greater Los Angeles area. Midway has developed an award-winning brand based on unparalleled service, a diverse fleet of cars, a personalized approach, and a passionate team. For more information, please visit www.midwaycarrental.com.
Director, Midway Auto Group
Partnership Increases Midway’s Fleet Utilization and Addresses Rising Demand for Vehicles on the HyreCar Platform
LOS ANGELES — HyreCar Inc., the carsharing marketplace for ridesharing, food, and package delivery services, today announced a partnership with Midway Car Rental, Inc. HyreCar’s innovative platform will increase utilization of Midway’s inventory to take advantage of growing opportunities in commercial vehicle rentals.
Midway Rental Car, Inc. is the largest privately held rental car agency in Los Angeles and a part of the Hankey Group, with eight rental locations in Southern California. The Hankey Group’s interests include automotive, financial, technology, insurance, and real-estate enterprises and holds over $9.5 billion in assets.
“We have seen substantial growth in interest from rental agencies that are considering HyreCar’s platform to increase fleet utilization,” said Joe Furnari, HyreCar Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that significant opportunities will continue for vehicle rentals from food and package delivery drivers. For HyreCar, this will be incremental business as rideshare continues to recover.”
“This partnership exemplifies our focus to provide innovative transportation solutions for almost any need at Midway, and our initial pilot program has proven successful with HyreCar and we intend to dedicate a larger portion of our inventory to meet the demand for Southern California,” said Brett Lippel, president of Midway Auto, former TrueCar VP, as well as Enterprise Rent a Car executive. Mr. Lippel added, “Another benefit of the HyreCar partnership is that Midway can leverage the Hankey Group of companies to benefit from vehicle sales and financing for vehicle renters that eventually wish to become vehicle owners.”
HyreCar Inc. (NASDAQ: HYRE) is a nationwide leader operating a carsharing marketplace for ridesharing, food, and package delivery nationwide via its proprietary technology platform. The Company has established a leading presence in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) through individual vehicle owners, dealers, and OEM’s, who have been disrupted by automotive asset sharing. By providing a unique opportunity through our safe, secure, and reliable marketplace, HyreCar is transforming the industry by empowering all to profit from Mobility as a Service. For more information please visit hyrecar.com.
About Midway Car Rental
Midway Car Rental is the largest independently owned car rental company in Los Angeles. Since 1972, Midway has been serving the Southern California market with an emphasis on the greater Los Angeles area. Midway has developed an award-winning brand based on unparalleled service, a diverse fleet of cars, a personalized approach, and a passionate team.
Fourth of July has to be one of the most anticipated holidays in Los Angeles. Not only is Independence Day the first warm holiday of the year, but it’s also a bona-fide beach day full of barbecues, firework shows, and charming displays of patriotism.
Midway Car Rental particularly enjoys this holiday because we get to display our patriotism by doing what we do best! Sharing our love of fine automobiles. Here are some fun facts about a few of our favorite American made machines. What iconic model makes you feel patriotic?
This iconic American pony car was named after the wild horses that were known to roam the Western United States, right? Wrong! Designer John Najjar suggested the name as a tribute to the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane. The first prototype, known as the Ford Mustang I, was designed in 1961. But it was the infamous 1965, or 1964 ½ Mustang that had the most successful launch. Since then this trademark model has developed a variety of Mustang types for all our pony car needs.
The Wrangler is said to be a progression from the 1941 World War II Jeep. When the war ended in 1945 those Jeeps were transitioned into Civilian Jeeps also known as the CJ model. The first Wrangler strongly resembled the CJ model and debuted in 1986 as a new model after the discontinuance of the famous Jeep CJ series. Four generations later this historic SUV only gets better and continues to be one of America’s favorite mid-size, four-wheel drive SUVs.
Did you know that the first car to ever carry the Challenger name only came in silver paint? Produced by the American automobile manufacturer, Dodge, the 1959 limited-edition Dodge Silver Challenger was marketed as a value muscle car to buyers that wanted more bang for their buck. Today the Challenger maintains that same business model. It’s not the most graceful car, but it makes up for it with muscle. Only three generations later this classic powerhouse still gives the sixth generation Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang a run for their money.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and that means it is time to pull out all the stops to celebrate the dads in our lives. If there is one thing we know about dads, it’s that they love cars and Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to unite them with the car of their dreams. Not every dad likes the same car, but Midway Car Rental is sure to have something perfect for your Father’s Day surprise!
For the Sports Fanatic Dad – Professional league games, hosted barbecues, or school-age games, this dad is there! You couldn’t pay him to miss anything sport related and he probably tends to go all out! He is hauling around tables, chairs, an ice chest, snacks, maybe even a grill, and more than likely at least three or four other friends, family members, or kids with him too. No matter what car he drives, he always makes it happen! This year thank the sports fanatic dad in your life for those experiences and rent him a Ford Raptor! The Raptor looks awesome, has room for dad plus four, and can haul everything you will need to make your next game day run smoothly!
For the Techie Dad – If the tech is not advanced, it doesn’t make sense to this dad. He must have the latest everything! There is no way you will catch this dad not knowing how to use the latest device. It’s just his thing! Which probably means the people in his life don’t fall too far behind, and you are probably wondering how you can repay him. Well, hop on that laptop, tablet, or smartphone that dad showed you how to use and contact Midway to rent him a Tesla Model X SUV. From the huge touchscreen infotainment system to the semi-autonomous driving mode, this rental is a perfect match for a dad that loves all things tech.
For the Motorsport Dad – We all know that this dad would probably own a supercar if he thought it would fit his lifestyle. He probably has a sporty car in the garage that he washes every weekend but, maybe it’s not the car of his dreams. Growing up he would take you for a drive and maybe even to a car show or motorsport event and those were some of your best memories. Now you can create a memory for him! Diving a Ferrari 488 Spider, Porsche 911 Turbo, Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, or a Mercedes AMG GT would definitely make his day, and you can rent them all at Midway Car Rental!
One day isn’t really enough to thank the dads in our lives for their time, guidance, and love but we want to help you make it special with a unique gift. If you don’t think the dad in your life would care for any of these models check out our website for options, or tell us about your dad and we will be happy to help. We have a vehicle for any type of dad!
Audi’s Q8 Quattro is a luxury powerhouse, packed with a turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 335 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, a standard all-wheel drive that gives the Q8 all-weather traction, and 48-volt hybrid-assist systems, all working to give the Q8 the athleticism, fun, and smooth comfort that we have come to expect from Audi.
The Q8 comes with its signature premium luxury mark, the materials, the climate control, the leather dashboard, and the panorama sunroof, all combine to give the cabin the luxury Audi feel. The top-line option adds to that a set of massaging front seats, upgraded leathers, and dual-pane glass for noise reduction.
The dash and console are home to a pair of integrated touchscreens that house the Infotainment system. A straight-forward and easy-to-use design makes for great driver experience and the intuitive voice commands allow for even more comprehensive driver control.
Beneath the striking and bold exterior styling of the Lamborghini Urus lies a fierce performance vehicle powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes for a beastly 641 horsepower, with a 0-60 mph time of fewer than 3 seconds. It’s all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission pair to enable that jaw-dropping acceleration. The Urus is estimated to carry a top speed of 190 mph.
Lamborghini treats its Urus driver and passengers with a cabin more similar to that of a fighter jet than that of an automobile. It is a striking and powerful design that will remind them that they are in a vehicle built for killer power and speed. The Urus offers a varying selection of drive modes, which change the suspension in order to improve the car’s performance in any driving conditions. Complete with the off-road optional package, a driver can choose Strada (street), Sport, Corsa (track), Terra (dirt), Sabbia (sand), or Neve (snow) drive mode. The Urus also allows for customization of all of the powertrain settings, steering system, and suspension options.
May is here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and pre-summer festivities have begun. With Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial day all in the same month it is time to get ready for barbecues, beach days, brunches, and everything fun under the sun. While you are making plans, planning outfits, and stocking up on necessities don’t forget to think about how you will get there.
Don’t wait until the last minute to realize that you could have used a bigger, nicer, or cooler car. This year plan ahead with the car rental of your choice from Midway. Rent a Mercedes C300, BMW 650i, or Porsche Carrera convertible for an enjoyable ride to the beach. If you need to move supplies for your barbecue or picnic, pick up a Toyota Highlander, Dodge Grand Caravan, or Ford F150 instead. Still trying to come up with a way to make this Mother’s Day special? Treat mom to a ride in the Ford Mustang, Mercedes S560, or Range Rover HSE that she has always dreamed about.
Whether you are making plans for mother’s day, for your own fun, or if you plan to fulfill a need, book with Midway Car Rental. We’ve got you covered.
The Q5 is Audi’s best-selling model. With top of the line features and exciting performance abilities, this premium compact crossover is one that you can count on. The Audi Q5 is quick, comfortable, rigged with the latest technology, and great for more than just driving around LA. The Quattro all-wheel drive feature make it great for virtually any California adventure you’ll embark on. Equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 2.0-liter inline-4 with 252 horsepower, and an easy to use infotainment system, it’s hard not to see the value in the Q5. If you’re into making wise choices, rent an Audi Q5 today from Midway Car Rental. You will wonder why you ever rented anything else.
Classic, versatile, high performance. These are just a few ways to describe the Land Rover Range Rover HSE, aka “The Full Size Range Rover.” The plush interior and smooth ride make for a luxurious, enjoyable drive. The speed and agility will exceed your expectations, and its elegance make it the perfect fashion accessory. It’s no wonder the Range Rover HSE is an LA favorite! No matter where you go in LA, you will see a new Range Rover on the city streets. Popular in the Hollywood crowds, you may even see a celebrity in the driver’s seat. Land Rover does offer the Range Rover in several other smaller SUV sizes. This modern yet timeless Range Rover “Full-Size” HSE is the preferred SUV for all different types of drivers. The HSE is more upscale, perfect for families, and for those who are more concerned with the ride, the all-wheel drive, 8-speed, 380 horsepower, supercharged 3.0 liter, V6 HSE does not disappoint. Whether your interest is comfort, performance or glamour, the Range Rover HSE is an experience, and Midway Car Rental has one just for you!
In LA it’s no secret that our culture has a love for luxury vehicles, especially when it comes to Mercedes-Benz. From a gas station in Santa Monica to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, it’s easy to spot a Mercedes Benz G-Class. Not only is this luxury vehicle extremely appealing to the eye, but also great for all of your basic day-to-day needs. This year, Mercedes Benz spiced things up with the introduction of an all-new G550. Thinking completely out of the box, this new G-Wagon is the ultimate luxury SUV, fully equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, leather interior with seat massage functions and more interior space than ever before. This is the first time in 40 years that Mercedes-Benz has redesigned this classic vehicle. The new model is 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider, while being 375 pounds lighter with the same classic look. Built with a mix of ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum, it’s an unbeatable off-road vehicle with the classic luxury look and feel. When it comes to driving dynamics, the G550 has five driving modes, including the all-new G-Mode where the vehicle automatically adapts the damping of the chassis, the steering, and the acceleration, providing perfect maneuvering.
Take this for a ride and experience a legend redesigned.
We are proud to offer our clients something a little different with our Ford F-150 Raptor. The Raptor is a special model made for the streets and some off-road fun. It’s what happens when Ford takes its best-selling F-150 pick-up truck, widens and strengthens for off-road use, and packs it with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 making 450 horsepower. This truck means business. It looks and acts much differently than you would expect, with an aggressive and purposeful appearance, updated with new and improved features like a tailgate design with a step, 17-inch forged Aluminum wheels, a twin panel moonroof, carbon fiber interior trim, SYNC 3 connectivity, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Plus, enjoy heated 10-way power adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, leather trimmed interior and so much more. In the world of pickups, the Raptor takes things up a few notches. It can be compared to a performance sports car, capable of going zero to sixty in under six seconds. So, if you want to do some serious business and leave people in the dust, this Raptor rental is the only way to go.
Winter is here! We are very fortunate in Southern California to have amazing weather throughout most of the year. While we don’t necessarily need to prepare for much snow here, we can certainly travel to it or choose a scenic drive up the coast. From a weekend getaway to full vacations, there are so many destinations near us offering the perfect opportunity for a winter road trip that is just a drive away. We’ve created a list of the best destinations for a California winter cruise to remember – and they’re all just a few hours away.
Many of our winter days in California mimic a cool spring anywhere else, so it’s usually nice enough to cruise around in a convertible. What could be better than having the top down, wind in your hair, sun on your face, leaving thoughts of a frigid winter in the rearview. You won’t miss a second of the scenery in the open air, because it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. All you have to do now is pick out your favorite car. Exotic Italian convertible or a Luxury SUV? Long-range hybrid or American Muscle? Create your own winter adventure.
Approximate distance from LA
Laguna Beach – 1.5 Hours
Big Bear Mountain – 2 Hours
Santa Barbara – 2.5 Hours
San Diego – 2.5 Hours
Joshua Tree – 3 Hours
Palm Springs – 3 Hours
San Francisco – 6 Hours
Monterey via Big Sur – 7 Hours
San Francisco, Coastal Route via Big Sur – 9 Hours (and worth it)
Like many, you have probably asked yourself, is car rental coverage a scam? The answer is no. You may have also asked yourself, is it mandatory for me to purchase coverage from my car rental company? Again, the answer is no.
California law requires that you have a way to pay for damages or injuries you may have caused in a car accident. There are minimum coverage requirements, but the minimums will only cover damages to 3rd party property. You have the option to purchase additional coverage for your property, and that is typically available through the same provider. However, the law does not mandate where coverage should be purchased.
At Midway Car Rental, we respect when a renter chooses to apply personal auto coverage to their rental, but we still offer our coverage options because we know the benefits of purchasing rental car coverage. Many renters do not know that most insurance companies have fine print that will exclude some coverages while you are driving a rental vehicle.
Example #1, most insurance companies will not cover additional fees like loss of use, or admin fees. You would also be responsible for the deductible amount on your policy. Example #2, some insurance companies will only cover the primary policyholder but might not cover other drivers, even if they are listed under your policy. Example #3, credit card rental coverage may have similar exclusions. Coverage typically only kicks in if you use the credit card that offers the product to pay for the rental. At times, credit card coverage will not include the minimum state liability requirements. Credit card coverage usually limits the type of vehicle that will qualify for coverage and limits the time frame in which you are able to file a claim after the date of loss. Example #4, the date range for coverage you purchased on an online travel site may not be open to changes. If you return the vehicle early, you might not receive a refund for the extra days. If you need to extend your rental, you may not be able to extend your coverage policy with that company. Filing a claim with a third party travel insurance company may also turn out to be quite the hassle.
Every insurance policy is different, including the policies offered by different rental car companies. No rental car company can tell you what your personal insurance, your third-party insurance, or what other rental car companies will cover. At Midway Car Rental, we will simply suggest that you contact your provider to be 100% clear on the risk you are taking when you decline our car rental coverage. We are always happy to answer ANY questions you may have.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why Midway Car Rental is telling you this. Well, it’s because we care. For those of you that are not familiar with Midway Car Rental, we are the largest independently owned car rental company in Los Angeles, founded in 1972, with customer service as our core value. We understand the importance of being honest with our renters, so we want to fill you in on the issues that matter to you most.
What are the benefits of purchasing car rental coverage with Midway? Midway offers products that cover it all, such as towing, admin fees/loss of use, additional drivers, and no deductible. If you return your vehicle early, we will not charge you for coverage past the date/time of your return. If you need to extend your rental, we are able to extend the coverage as well. Multiple products are available and may be sold separately so that you can accept/decline coverage according to your needs. Products may also be packaged for a discount. Don’t forget that you avoid the hassle of becoming the middleman after filing a claim with your personal insurance provider, your credit card company, or the travel insurance company you purchased coverage from online.
If you purchase coverage through Midway Car Rental and you are involved in an accident, simply file your claim directly with us, and we will take care of anything that falls under the coverage product(s) you have accepted. Don’t take our word for it. Check out our online reviews!
Avoid long waits per ride. You never know if a rideshare driver will be in your area or cancel your trip after accepting your request, which causes your wait time to start all over again.
The convenience of being able to leave items in the vehicle while visiting multiple destinations is no longer an option. Your change of clothes, extra shoes or coat, shopping bags, or child seats will have to be carried around or left at your local residence for you to go back and pick up in between rideshares.
Rideshares are not guaranteed to be a cheaper option. The rates are based on real-time demand and can raise at any time in between rides. A round trip during a rate surge could have covered the cost of a full day’s rental.
Choose the car you want. Don’t limit yourself to 5 passengers, 7 passengers, luxury or non-luxury. Choose from luxury or non-luxury convertibles, performance vehicles, family vehicles and more!
Going to a concert, or sporting event? Rideshare drivers may not be able to get as close to the entrance as you think. Almost every stadium, arena or concert hall has pick up restrictions for rideshare which can result in quite the hike to the nearest pick up area.