Maybe I'm just too lucky. I'm flying to Austin tomorrow, and when it comes to renting a car in the heart of Texas, they have great deals on SUVs! I can gun down Sixth Street in a muscular Expedition for a lower day-rate than a Chevy Cavalier or even a knee-scrunching Geo.

Pricy gas is turning the rental market upside down. And I'll bet the used-car market is in convulsions too. Could resale value of our sensible'94 Altima be climbing? Should we make a contrarian bet and trade it in for a Hummer? The head spins.

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