ST. LOUIS, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the service of our nation's military, Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces with Progressive® Insurance, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and others in the collision industry for the second annual Keys to Progress® program, a one-day, nationwide event that provided 117 newly refurbished vehicles to deserving military members and their families on Veterans Day.
The Keys to Progress vehicle giveaways, spearheaded by Progressive, took place at 57 Progressive Service Centers across the country. For the second consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car provided six months of automobile insurance for each donated vehicle to ensure recipients were well covered.
"For more than a decade, Progressive Insurance has relied on Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide exceptional service to its customers in need of a replacement vehicle," said Mary Mahoney, vice president, insurance replacement division for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Through the Keys to Progress program, we've been able to extend this partnership to jointly recognize and reward those who have dutifully served our country."
Progressive worked in collaboration with local NABC member collision repair centers to recycle and donate vehicles involved or recovered in a claim. The vehicles were fully restored as an extension of the NABC's Recycled Rides program, a collision industry-wide collaboration to repair and donate vehicles to those in need.
Enterprise has been a longstanding partner of NABC and has supported its Recycled Rides program, donating vehicles to provide much needed transportation for individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country. Since its inception in 2007, the Recycled Rides program has donated more than 1,000 vehicles to deserving individuals and nonprofit organizations.
"Organizations like the NABC and Progressive are critical to the success of Enterprise's replacement rental business. In fact, Enterprise has been partnering with collision repair centers and insurance companies for more than 50 years to provide replacement rentals to customers whose cars have been damaged," added Mahoney. "Enterprise's support for Progressive's Keys to Progress initiative and NABC's Recycled Rides program is a crucial component of our investment in these partnerships and the local communities where we operate."
In addition to contributions from Enterprise, Progressive and NABC, the Keys to Progress program featured support from multiple organizations with a shared value in the military. The 117 recipients were selected by local VFW chapters and other veteran organizations with support from VRC Investigations. Vehicle titling and registration processing was facilitated by 1-800 Charity Cars. In many markets, local Enterprise employees contributed additional donations to benefit the Keys to Progress recipients, such as providing free car rentals to transport families to the Progressive Service Centers and paying the registration fees for the donated vehicles.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car's support for Keys to Progress is rooted in a commitment to the military that goes back nearly six decades. The company is named after the USS Enterprise, one of the aircraft carriers on which company founder Jack Taylor served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II. In addition, nearly 10 percent of Enterprise's total workforce is made up of military veterans or reservists.
About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand known for an extensive network of locations, affordable rates and outstanding customer service. For more than 50 years, Enterprise has partnered with repair centers and insurance companies to help customers whose cars have been damaged or stolen. When severe weather strikes, the Enterprise neighborhood network plays an integral role in mobilizing the local recovery efforts of insurance providers, emergency response organizations and repair centers. Enterprise Rent-A-Car's local branches and its insurance and collision partners can also leverage the company's evolving technology platforms, such as ARMS and the Priority Pass program.
SOURCE Enterprise Rent-A-Car