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Drivers Search For Hybrids to Test Drive

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More and more hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius are being requested by drivers, but not by your typical renter. More and more hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius are being requested by drivers, but not by your typical renter.
"People are contacting us because they try to go over to a dealership and find some of the hybrids to test drive, but the dealerships can't keep them on the lot," said Marie Romano of U.S. Rent-A-Car. "People are contacting us because they try to go over to a dealership and find some of the hybrids to test drive, but the dealerships can't keep them on the lot," said Marie Romano of U.S. Rent-A-Car.

The high gas prices are making it hard to get your hands on a certain type of car at dealerships, and even rental agencies.

More and more hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius are being requested by drivers, but not by your typical renter.

"People are contacting us because they try to go over to a dealership and find some of the hybrids to test drive, but the dealerships can't keep them on the lot," said Marie Romano of U.S. Rent-A-Car.

Romano says they are now seeing this trend here at her agency. "We run a fleet of about 45-percent to 50-percent hybrids. They keep utilized between 90-95-percent of the time."

"He told me he rented the vehicle because every time he went to a dealership, he couldn't get a chance to test drive one because they didn’t' have any on the lot because they sold them all," Romano said about one oh her customers.

Pat Ansom manages the rental agency and shares on of his customer’s reaction.

"Oh we love it, it was good on gas, a lot of customers get it who are going out of the area because of the gas mileage," Ansom said. And there's one driver who stands clear in his mind. "We had a customer. He brought it back to the other day and he was excited. That he didn't have to refill."

The benefit of Hybrids is that they run electrically, and use no gas when driving at slow speeds and at complete stops.

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