Chevy Spark and MINI Paceman

Good morning Warren and friends

Sometimes we drive so many cars we forget the simple ones, like the Kia Rio I drove last week. Great little car. It, and the Chevy Spark and MINI Paceman, has been great fun and good value for the money.

I panned the Ford Explorer Sport one time, but I drove it last week and found that in regular driving conditions I actually liked it. I don’t know if they changed the gearing or not, but I thought I should say something.

Last week we had a question about Hertz rent-a-car and debit cards. I contacted Hertz and this is their reply;

Regarding Debit Cards the following applies:

At most Hertz locations, debit cards issued under a VISA or Mastercard logo which draws funds directly from the cardholder’s
account may be used to rent a vehicle. Debit cards must have available funds for the estimated amount of the rental charges plus
up to $200 to cover any incidental charges in order to secure the rental. These debit cards may be used as a form of payment when the vehicle is returned.

Customers opting to rent with a debit card will be subject to a credit check via Equifax, typical to the type of credit check done when applying for credit. This check is done at the rental location.

When the car is returned, a charge for the total amount due is submitted to the customer’s credit/debit card company. Depending on the company, there may be a delay between the time the charges are received and when the hold is released. The length of time this takes is not determined by Hertz. Since the card issuer is responsible for releasing authorization holds/funds back to their customers’ accounts, customers must contact the card issuer directly for assistance.

All credit cards, debit cards, and/or charge cards may only be used by the person whose name is printed on the front of the card and whose signature (if any) is on the back of the card.

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