A Demolition Derby For Hertz, Avis, And The Gang

Ken Halloran could hardly believe his ears. While planning a mid-September jaunt to Fort Myers, Fla., the retiree from Fort Mitchell, Ky., reserved a midsize sedan from National Car Rental System Inc. He gulped at the rate: $148 a week, or nearly triple what Halloran says he paid for the same type of car last year.

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