Rental Cars: A breath of fresh air

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It's strange to say, but it's true: Rental cars are smelling fresher these days.

Since last October, Avis and Budgetbanned smoking in their cars, enforcing the rule with a $250 cleaning fee for violators.

Hertz, which hasn't completely banned smoking, does set aside "smoke-free" cars for booking. It's found a creative way to keep its cars odor free for its customers. In the past year, the chain has rolled out Fresh Wave IAQ, an "all-natural odor neutralizing technology" to nearly all of its U.S. locations. Made of natural plant extracts, the products are biodegradable and non-toxic.

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