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Car-sharing option helps students get home for holidays

Posted on December 13, 2010

OBERLIN, Ohio — Oberlin University students who live on campus can use a new car-sharing service, Hertz Connect, to help them get home for the holidays. The new program lets college students reserve cars by the hour or by the day for as little as $8 an hour, including gas and insurance, reported The Morning Journal. To read the full story, click here.

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