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There has been a longstanding tradition among car rental agencies to push renters up to bigger, more expensive models. Not that it was all that difficult to do, considering that Americans tend to prefer larger vehicles when all other aspects are equal. Now, though, not all of those aspects are equal, as bigger vehicles are usually thirstier vehicles and the renter is required to return the vehicle with a full tank of gas. So, the act of stepping up to a Hemi-powered Dodge Charger from a four-ban

Even with discounted rates for SUVs and free upgrades to SUVs when smaller vehicles are unavailable, national rental car companies are sitting on their SUV stocks this year, according to an article in the News and Observer of North Carolina. Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise Rent-A-Car all offer various special deals, to little avail. Thrifty Rent A Car of Ohio has 75 percent fewer SUVs in its fleet than this time last year. One rental car official quoted in the story said that people are saying no th