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, have 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 draw 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 customers 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

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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