National Car Rental was founded when 24 independent rental car agents decided to create a co-op in 1947. The company operates a chain of car rental locations and is currently owned by Enterprise Rent a Car (Enterprise Holdings, Inc.)
As of 2005, the company had grown to more than 2,000 locations in the US and internationally. The company introduced a mobile phone app for frequent users to make reservations and cancellations easier. The Emerald Club is a loyalty program which enables customers to bypass the counter and choose any car designated as an Emerald Club Car.
National Car Rental recently partnered with Asia Miles, the leading travel reward program in Asia. This allows clients to add to their frequent flier miles when renting from National.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, car rental companies, such as National, cut back on car inventory. In March 2021, the new demand for rental vehicles has now caused a backlog and outrageous price increases.
National Car Rental maintains a corporate office in St. Louis, Missouri.