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Who owns Tilden Rent a Car?

Posted on December 15, 2020 by Sunny South News

When I resided in Regina, Sk. in 1967, I took driver training from Dominion Driving School to acquire my Sask. Driver’s License. I drove a 1967 Plymouth Fury. The instructor asked me to parallel park the car it was 20 feet long and wide. I remembered to drive beside the parked car; two feet away, and, when the front end was in line with the back end of the parked car this is when I would turn my wheels left to swing into the stall. This was a great experience I still can park any car that way.

I was so thrilled when I received my driver’s license and applied for work at Tilden Rent-a-Car. The company provided me with a navy blazer that had a crest on the left pocket with the company logo and grey trousers. My job was customer service at the main office downtown and meet the clients at the Airport to provide them with a car. There were other car rentals Avis, Hertz, Budget besides Tilden. Tilden had about twenty different new 1967 cars in their fleet. I drove every car there. The company allowed us to rent the cars on our days off for 5 cents a mile, plus gas. The one I rented was a Volkswagen Beetle. I was asked to fly to Saskatoon, Sk. or any other city in western Canada and drive the car back with expenses paid. I loved working for Tilden, it was a great experience. There were three men in Customer Service. I worked there until 1969, after that I took my Power Engineering Course and worked for SPC Estevan, Sk.

Tilden Rent a Car was associated with the National Car Rental in the USA. National Car Rental bought the fleet in June 1996, it was originally founded by Sam Tilden, and was a Canadian company.

Paul Jones

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