Autos: Slightly Used Bargains

For economy-minded shoppers in search of a used car of recent vintage, the best deal in town may be at their friendly neighborhood car-rental agency. Because the big-buying rental companies pay even less for a car than a franchised dealer does, they can sell their used cars at prices that the dealer cannot match. A rental agent, for example, pays $152 less for a new Buick than a dealer does, and the difference can range up to $200 on other makes. To hold maintenance costs down, most agencies sell off their fleets at...

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