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Fuel efficiency at lower cost
Hertz offers repertoire of newer, efficient cars
The Toytoa Prius is just one of many fuel-efficient models that Hertz Car Sales in Stockton has available for customers looking to save. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
STOCKTON – There’s been a national shift towards vehicle fuel-efficiency, and even the government has helped out by dangling cash carrots.

Whenever a trend like the one that’s currently flooding roadways takes off, it’s usually the price points that end up increasing with the fuel-mileage because of sheer demand of what drivers are craving – whether it’s to stretch that $3.39-a-gallon all the way to the Bay Area or to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Thanks to the options made available by companies like Hertz, it’s possible to get behind the wheel of something that fits all of your needs with a price tag that doesn’t make you cringe.

While the company is most recognizable as the nation’s largest rental car provider, they also never keep anything in their rental fleet that is more than a year old. It means those looking for value while enjoying the perks of driving something new don’t have to look very far.

“The cars that we have on the lot are all just a year old, and still under their factory-offered warranty,” said Hertz Stockton Location Manage John Enea. “We also make it available for customers to extend that warranty and have a car that they can enjoy without having to worry about the depreciation of a new car – giving them the car that they want with the warranty they can appreciate.”

And what car gets better gas mileage than the first-ever mass-produced hybrid – the traditionally hard to stock Toyota Prius?

Armed with a system that allows the car to use the gasoline motor when necessary but convert to battery power when cruising along – making it completely silent at times – and a braking system that recharges the battery actually gives the car better gas mileage while driving in town.

That’s not something you’re going to find at an affordable price every day.

And despite not having the best reputation among the public because of their extensive daily use and the possibility of abuse, Enea says that Hertz scours their fleet for only the best cars to place on their general sales lots – filtering cars with mechanical defects or other problems through other channels like auctions.

Rigorous inspections of each and every vehicle are mandatory, and anything at all that doesn’t pass would end up going to an auction or another location rather than make it available to the general public with the Hertz name backing it up.

When you factor in that the cost of the rental car themselves often aren’t exactly cheap, it’s easy to see why customers take better care than what most would think.

“Almost 80 percent of our customers are either corporate or business clients or families that are on vacation,” he said. “There are definitely cheaper avenues for renting a car if all that you’re planning on doing is beating up on it, and the company goes out of its way to stand by the cars that it makes available.”

Unlike other dealers, Enea says that Hertz has the flexibility of getting access to just about any vehicle in the area that’s for sale on a company lot. That means somebody from Stockton can still buy a car from Santa Clara without having to make the drive back-and-forth.

The overall customer base of the Stockton site – which is the only Hertz used car site from the Central Valley all the way down to Riverside – stretches far and wide and sometimes even outside of the country.

“We get customers that have come to us from as far away as Canada,” Enea said. “Just last week we sold a car to somebody who came to us from Oregon – people from all over the place recognize the value that these cars provide.”

Hertz Car Sales is located at 3646 Telestar Place Spot C off of Stockton’s Hammer Lane. To get there from Manteca, take Highway 99 North to the Hammer Lane exit and head west before eventually turning left on Sampson Road and following the road the corner. The entrance to the site is on the left. The site is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 477-4112 or visit