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L.A. drivers pay top dollar to drive, study says

A Hertz Corporation survey of 20 major cities showed Los Angeles drivers paid the most to operate their cars last year. Detroit drivers paid the least, according to the annual study by the nation's largest leasing-rental agency. It also found the cost of driving a new compact car in key US cities averaged 47.21 cents per mile - up 2.36 percent from last year's 46.12 cents per mile. Hertz said its research confirmed there is a sharp slowdown in new passenger car ownership and operating cost increases, which had been in the double-digit range.

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