Rent-A-Wreck is changing hands. Juneau Car Rental Company is it’s new name and new owner Dwight Efird promises that’s the only thing he’ll change. The old phone number went with the franchise.
Rent-A-Wreck first came to Juneau in 1984, current owner Connie Chitty said. George and Ethel Damion owned it until Chitty took ownership in 2003.
“It was a good run,” Chitty said. “We’ve come a long way. It's a pretty well known company in Juneau, I’d say.”
Chitty plans to spend some time relaxing at home, she said. A novelty for her, she said.
“I’ve never, never not worked,” Chitty said.
Chitty said her grandkids live in town and she wants to spend more time with them.
“In the afternoons,” Chitty said, another activity she said she’ll enjoy doing more now that she’s retired.
Chitty also wants to spend more time giving back to the community, she said.
“I really want to do some genuine volunteer work.” Chitty said.
No matter what, Chitty said she plans to keep busy.
“I’m pretty used to being pretty busy, I’ll find something to do,” Chitty said.
Chitty said she will miss working with her customers.
“Our business would not be as successful without, literally, thousands of people who have rented with us,” Chitty said.
“I’ll miss everybody,” “But I’ll see you at the grocery store.”
Chitty said she hadn’t really thought about retiring.
“But an opportunity came along,” Chitty said. “And that was Dwight.”
Dwight Efird had been a long-time customer before he offered to buy the car rental firm.
Efird moved away from Juneau more than a decade ago to help care for his ailing parents.
Every year, though, Efird said he returned to Juneau to show friends and co-workers Alaska. Each time he’d rent a car.
“That’s how I met Connie,” Efird said.
Efird said he and Connie decided the franchise was no longer the best structure for the company.
However, Efird said, all the current employees are staying.
“And the service that (Chitty) provided,” Efird said. “We’re still going to drop people off and pick people up.”
Efird isn’t moving the business, he said. Customers can find Juneau Car Rental at 2450 Industrial blvd.
“Just past Brotherhood Bridge, past Don Abel,” Efird said.
“Like the name implies these are used vehicles, which sets us apart,” Efird said. Which is an advantage.
“We can offer better prices,” Efird said. The rental company also owns its own vehicles, he said. “We have advantages.”
The business changes hands on July 1.
For more information call Rent-A-Wreck, soon to be Juneau Rental Car Company, at 957-7530.
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