United Rentals Launches Certified Auctions of Used Equipment on eBay

Greenwich, CT - Nov 16, 2005

 

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the world's largest equipment rental company, today announced the launch of United Rentals Certified Auctions on eBay, the world's largest online shopping destination. United Rentals Certified Auctions will offer a steady stream of quality used equipment - from skid steer loaders, mini-excavators and aerial lifts, to generators, welders and more.

"We are continually upgrading our equipment fleet to provide rental customers with the latest models to meet their needs," said Michael Kneeland, executive vice president of operations for United Rentals. "We regularly have a large inventory of used equipment that has been maintained by our technicians which we can offer to customers interested in making a capital purchase of this kind. eBay is the best method to make it widely available, using our United Rentals Certified Auctions."

eBay's innovative platform has enabled it to grow to a worldwide community of 168 million registered users who favor the site because of its ability to drive buying and selling efficiencies. The launch of United Rentals Certified Auctions is part of United Rentals' new strategic e-commerce plan to provide customers with convenient online options for purchasing or renting equipment. It also has redesignedunitedrentals.com to allow customers to search for, compare and reserve rental equipment at the nearest company branch.

United Rentals has built a reputation for high quality customer service and equipment maintenance in support of its diverse customer base. To ensure the same experience for its customers on eBay, United Rentals equipment purchased on the site is available with a United Guard Extended Warranty, which covers inspections and repairs for an additional charge.

"eBay is pleased to connect United Rentals with users who rely on eBay to operate their businesses cost-effectively," said Daniel Leffel, category manager for eBay Business. "United Rentals' reputation for supplying equipment and contractor supplies to meet every jobsite need is a great fit with eBay, where thousands of businesses and individuals look for great deals on a wide range of equipment."

United Rentals auctions can be found from a link on its homepage at unitedrentals.com or directly on eBay at http://stores.ebay.com/UnitedRentals.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 740 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,500 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 $3.96 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.

Contact:

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

Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246
nsalas@ur.com