United Rentals Board Terminates President and CFO John Milne Commences Search for New CFO

Greenwich, CT - Aug 15, 2005


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced that its board of directors terminated the employment of John Milne, the company's president and CFO, for cause. The board took this action because, as previously announced, Mr. Milne has been unwilling to respond to questions of the special committee of the board reviewing matters relating to the previously disclosed SEC inquiry of the company. The company has commenced a search for a new CFO. 

Additional information is included in the Form 8-K filed today.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,200 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.


Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318