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HERTZ PENSKE EXPANDS FLEET TO MEET SUMMER SELF-MOVE DEMAND

 HERTZ PENSKE EXPANDS FLEET TO MEET SUMMER SELF-MOVE DEMAND
 READING, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More consumers are moving and more of them are doing a self-move, according to Sam Brown, vice president of Hertz Penske.
 To meet increased consumer demand, Hertz Penske has expanded its local and one-way truck fleet by 32 percent.
 "We've never added this many trucks before," he said. "Consumers are getting more cost-conscious and smarter about how to save money. A self-move can save up to about 50 percent of the cost of a van line move."
 "Moving is a seasonal trend. We always add more trucks for the peak time between April and September," said Brown, citing the following reasons for this moving activity -- children on summer vacation, fair weather, greater housing selection, and new households due to summer weddings.
 When asked to describe the expanded fleet, Brown noted that the majority of Hertz Penske's household rental trucks are GMCs and the remainder are Toyotas. "We have the newest fleet on the road," he said. "The average age of our trucks is 1.5 years, compared to the overall industry average of approximately 3 years."
 Hertz Penske says it is committed to providing great service to its customers. "We have approximately 800 locations from coast to coast," said Jim Feenstra, marketing manager of Hertz Penske, "which is about the same number of Sears retail stores across the country. Our rental locations are strategically located so that we have at least one location within 10 miles of 90 percent of the population," he continued. "And we have developed a solid support network so that our 24-hour emergency road service really works anywhere in the U.S."
 Professionals are on-hand at all Hertz Penske rental locations to help make every self-move a success. Customers receive a free moving guide which offers tips and helpful advice on all aspects of completing a do-it-yourself move.
 Hertz Penske's local and one-way truck rental program provides many services and accessories, including 24-hour emergency road service, late-model, fuel-efficient trucks engineered to handle do-it-yourself moves, hand trucks, cartons, rope, tape and moving pads. Truck sizes range from 10' to 24' with automatic transmission, power steering, air conditioning and loading ramps.
 "Hertz Penske is committed to being responsive to our customers. We support our locations with quality equipment and help make the self-move as stress-free as possible," said Brown.
 Hertz Penske is a service of Penske Truck Leasing, the nation's second-largest truck leasing and rental company. Penske operates a nationwide fleet of more than 55,000 vehicles, which range in size from heavy tractors to small consumer-friendly cargo vans, all across the country.
 Moving Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers Offered by Hertz Penske Expert
 Moving doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience if you plan ahead.


Hertz Penske Vice President Sam Brown has the following tips for the growing number of cost-conscious consumers making do-it-yourself moves this summer:
 -- Size up your moving needs and select the right truck using the free Hertz Penske Moving Guide. Call Hertz Penske for help with calculating room-by-room what size truck you'll need.
 -- Reserve your vehicle as soon as possible to assure availability when you need it.
 -- You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you will save by moving yourself, but it is, nevertheless, a good idea to compare rates.
 -- When comparison shopping, be aware of ALL costs.
 -- Make sure the rental company you choose has 24-hour emergency road service along your route. Hertz Penske provides a 24-hour road service 365 days a year along most major routes.
 -- Do yourself a favor and make your moving load lighter. Moving time is a good time to rid yourself of unwanted items and furniture.
 -- Pack belongings in strong, sanitized packing cartons. Hertz Penske can offer various sized cartons for your packing convenience.
 -- Use supplies and material suitable for secure packing and fastening of cartons, such as heavy-duty packing tape, white tissue paper for linens, and bubble wrap for fragile and breakable items. Newspaper lodged in between empty spaces in cartons helps to keep your belongings in place.
 -- Mark the outside of each box to describe the contents and where the box will go once it arrives at your final destination. You'll save yourself a lot of guesswork, and speed up the unpacking process significantly.
 -- Hand-trucks with load-locking straps and stair-climbers are essential to move heavy items. Also, blanket-style furniture pads can be helpful in protecting furniture and appliances.
 -- Renting a tow dolly to pull your car can also save you money.
 -- Make a timetable and stick to it! Your move will flow smoothly, and you'll pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
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 /CONTACT: Jim Feenstra of Hertz Penske, 215-775-6288/ CO: Hertz Penske ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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