Budget was founded by Morris Mirkin in 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA as a rental car company for the "budget-minded" personal renter.
It broke into an already crowded market by operating off-airport and offering more competitive rates than its on-airport competitors, Morris and his wife single-handedly managed a fleet of 10 cars available for $4 a day and 4 cents a mile. Two years later, Budget Rent-a-Car was established, and the foundation of a system of corporate-owned and licensee-owned operations was laid. Since that time, Budget Rent-a-Car has continued to stay true to its name, providing renters with the same value for money, quality service.
Today, Budget Rent-a-Car has grown to become the world's third largest car and van rental company. Worldwide, Budget employs approximately 18,000 people and operates an average fleet of over 200,000 cars and vans from approximately 3,150 locations, including more than 800 airport locations, in more than 120 countries and territories.