Carhire3000.com sold! - Car Rental News
Car Rental News - 16/06/2008
The owner of Airtours recently sold his car hire firm
An international car hire company owned by the founder of Airtours, David Crossland, is being sold for approximately £25 million, according to reports in M.E.N. Business.
TravelJigsaw, which trades as Carhire3000.com, is based in Manchester and will be sold next week to ISIS, a private equity firm.
The company currently operates in South Africa, Australia and across central Europe using over ten car hire brands and managing bookings largely through its online database. In addition, the company provides a free call centre where customers can reach company representatives at all times.
Greg Willis is the company’s managing director. He said the company started offering car hire deals in Germany in January 2005. By April, the business had already expanded into Switzerland and Austria.
TravelJigsaw negotiates with major car hire companies across the world n order to offer customers the best possible price. Their call centre is just one of the ways the company seeks to provide unparalleled customer service.
David Crossland, who is based in Jersey, stands to benefit considerably from the company’s sale to ISIS Private Equity. His Pendle-based travel agency was a similar success when it became Airtours, the largest travel firm in the world.
The 61-year old Crossland amassed an estimated £150 million from Airtours.