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#1012810 - 06/11/18 04:18 PM Re: Buying rental car [Re: kioolt]  
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Buying a rental is less of a crap shoot than buying any other used car. Any of the major companies will make sure the maintenance is done and will clean the cars regularly, which is all any modern car will need for the first few years. One of many drivers might have driven it abusively, or you could buy a car from a single owner who was always abusive and neglected it entirely. I probably would not buy from a Rent-A-Wreck type company.

Our Camry was bought from a local dealer, who rented it to customers having their cars repaired. We purchased it after nine months in service with 7500 miles, for 65% of the new sticker price, when it was still the current model year. 120,000 miles later, there have been no unexpected expenses.


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#1012812 - 06/11/18 04:26 PM Re: Buying rental car [Re: kioolt]  
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Car Talk addressed this years ago. Their conclusion at the time was a rental car was probably just fine. Sure some jerk may have rented it and driven it like a race car, but what at the chances that ALL the renters, or even many of the renters, drove it like that?

The thing that they said they'd be wary of was a lease return on a high end car (this was before many leases included regular maintenance like oil changes) because who would bother to pay for expensive synthetic oil changes if you were only going to put 25 or 30 thousand miles on the engine before giving it back? wink


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#1012991 - 06/14/18 12:53 AM Re: Buying rental car [Re: kioolt]  
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We've bought several rental cars from Hertz. They were all little over a year old with about 25k miles, were spotless, came with service records and a warranty. They were all great cars at good prices. We ran them all to over 100k miles with no issues, just normal maintenance. Hertz closed down their sales outlets here or we would have bought again from them when the time came.

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#1013040 - 06/14/18 10:18 PM Re: Buying rental car [Re: MarkAZ]  
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Well, I took the plunge and bought a 2017 Ford Taurus Limited to replace my 1995 Ford Taurus GL that got totaled when someone ran a stop sign. It is a Ford certified pre-owned certified car with a drive train warranty of 7 years and 100K miles. At the moment I drive about 6 to 8 K a year. To bad the windshield wasn't included in the warranty since on my second day of ownership the windshield got cracked. I actually thought that this year would be the year I would buy a new bike since my current 04 R1150RT has over 186k miles on it. I put off buying a 2018 RT because of the rumor of the variable valve timing engine that might be out next year. I believe that whatever bike I buy next will probably be my last one. I'm getting up in years and since I keep my bikes a long time I'll probably be too old to ride before I would wear it out.


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#1013063 - 06/15/18 01:33 PM Re: Buying rental car [Re: MarkAZ]  
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Originally Posted by MarkAZ
We've bought several rental cars from Hertz. They were all little over a year old with about 25k miles, were spotless, came with service records and a warranty. They were all great cars at good prices. We ran them all to over 100k miles with no issues, just normal maintenance. Hertz closed down their sales outlets here or we would have bought again from them when the time came.


+1. We just bought a 2 year old Sonata (a college commute care) from the Hertz sales outlet in Nashville. Low miles and a great price. Everybody I spoke to there including the sales manager and porters all own Hertz rentals. Sure, they get a discount, but that's got to say something.


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