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Summary Box: Thanksgiving car rental shortage

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The Associated Press | November 20, 2012 02:09 PM EST | AP


STORM SURGE: Superstorm Sandy damaged thousands of cars – including those owned by rental companies. That means that Thanksgiving travelers who have yet to book a car are struggling to find any available.

SOLD OUT: Existing reservations are mostly being honored, but people who still want to book for Thanksgiving are finding almost no cars left. The few cars available carry a hefty premium.

MORE CARS COMING: Car rental companies have driven in thousands of extra vehicles from elsewhere in the country. They have also kept older models that they would normally sell to used-car dealers.