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Check out your financing options

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Before buying, shoppers should also look into their financing options, Linkov said.

Again, this is still a good practice regardless of where you purchase the vehicle. Rental companies also have strong financing opportunities for excellently paid clients — Avis, for example, offers 0 percent down with no payments for 45 days — but you would do much better to partner with a bank or credit union themselves.

Hertz and Avis Budget Group have not answered requests for answers to specific questions about their operations.

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