Can you still buy a used rental car at a bargain?

Will a bargain-priced former rental car become yet another casualty of the pandemic?

Rental car companies, which frequently refresh their fleets, have long been a reliable source of reasonably priced used vehicles for those in the know. But tightening inventories of used cars nationwide are driving up prices of many former rental cars to higher than what you might pay at a traditional dealership.

While rental car prices plummeted at the beginning of the pandemic as companies such as Hertz sold off their inventory, prices have rebounded and now are 4 percent above the market average, according to an analysis done for NerdWallet by iSeeCars.com, a website that aggregates used-car listings.

Although prices have risen, you still might get a bargain on certain makes and models. And there remain many advantages of shopping the used rental car market. Primarily, it’s a good source of late-model used cars, often

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How to bring the e-commerce buying experience into the store

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every facet of our lives and created havoc across multiple industries. One of the industries that have been impacted probably more than others is the automotive industry. What comes to mind when you think about car buying? Car salesman? Negotiations? Feeling like you got a bad deal in the end even if you did get a good deal? Huge car lots with lots of flags and giant dinosaurs? For the most part, many people do not consider the car buying experience as one of the positive moments in life, ever!

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The instore buying experience should adopt some of the e-commerce buying practices – personalized, targeted and relevant to the buyer’s needs and jobs to be done. 

Compare that with the experiences most people get today with your average e-commerce buying experience. It’s personalized, it’s targeted, it’s intuitive — and puts the control of the

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The Ann And Roy Butler Hike And Bike Trail Has Been Nominated For Best Recreational Trail In The USA Today.

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The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail has been nominated for Best Recreational Trail in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

10Best Editors worked with a panel of urban planning experts to nominate 20 of the best recreational trails in the country., and drum roll, please…The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail made the list!

You can vote once per day until polls close on Monday, February 15, 2021. The 10 winning trails, determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, February 26, 2021.

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is already top 5.

About The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

This 10-mile hike-and-bike trail forms a loop around Lady Bird Lake. The scenic trail

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Monthly car payments near $600 as SUV and truck sales surge: Experian

The average monthly car loan payments are on the rise, surging upwards of $600, as an increasing number of consumers switch back to financing new vehicles, according to Experian’s latest auto financing report.

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During the last three months of the 2020 fiscal year, consumers borrowed almost $2,000 more for new vehicles, spending on average $35,228, according to Experian’s State of the Automotive Finance Market report.

This pushed their monthly bill from about $13 to upwards of $576 during that period, according to Experian.

“The events of 2020 disrupted the automotive industry and we’ve seen some consumers shift away from patterns that have been cemented over previous quarters such as opting for used vehicles,” Experian senior director of automotive financial solutions Melinda Zabritski, said.

This change can be attributed

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