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Old 02-17-2019, 06:52 PM
 
Location: ohio
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Ive owned several ex rentals, as have family members - no problems with any of the cars. This was back in the 90s and early 2000s, when it was common to get them with 15-20K miles. Now they tend to have 40-50K, too much for a late model car.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Know someone with a 2016 Hyundai Elantra that was a former hertz rental car. Bought it for $7500 with 35K miles. Still had factory warranty up to 60K miles. Uses it to commute 80 miles each way to work. Its 2019 and he has had 0 problems with it... just oil changes and normal maintenance. Car is barebones with decent stereo and power windows but serves are a good a-b car and gets good gas mileage
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:09 PM
 
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Buying a rental is like marrying a former hooker! Lots of hard miles on both and not much resale!
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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buying a rental is like marrying a former hooker! Lots of hard miles on both and not much resale!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG4HBV8t1hk
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:37 PM
 
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Of course, if you listen to ALL of Scotty's videos he also says to NEVER buy a new car ...
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:17 AM
 
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Know someone with a 2016 Hyundai Elantra that was a former hertz rental car. Bought it for $7500 with 35K miles. Still had factory warranty up to 60K miles. Uses it to commute 80 miles each way to work. Its 2019 and he has had 0 problems with it... just oil changes and normal maintenance. Car is barebones with decent stereo and power windows but serves are a good a-b car and gets good gas mileage

Hmm.. The price is right on that, but being a Hyundai.. I'd have been a little leery. Glad it worked out for them, tho. That price and that mileage would be hard to pass up.

I think I'd stick to the bigger manufacturers.. Ford, Chevy, Toyota.. I got the Heebies thinking about a Hyundai.. A Kia or.. Remember Hertz used to do alot of Mitsubishi's I believe.. Those give me the full blown jeebies.



Where the rental was located might play a part as well.. I'd have alot more concerns buying a car that had been up north in the salt, or even in a place like western NC/eastern TN with all the mountains and all.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:55 AM
 
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Where the rental was located might play a part as well.. I'd have alot more concerns buying a car that had been up north in the salt, or even in a place like western NC/eastern TN with all the mountains and all.
Absolutely.

Many think of a former rental at a local car rental agency in East Oskosh, Wyoming. They don't mostly think of the rental cars at JFK or Orlando, Phoenix, etc. Having rented those cars all had multiple scratches and marks on the rental cars except the brand new ones.

There are good ones out there of course but there are many that have been abused.

How is the retail used car customer to know?
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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Based on the way I drive them, I wouldnt.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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A lot of curious opinions and I'm wondering how y'all came about them.

For those who think they are better than the average car, why? If the average guy doesn't take care of his own car, what makes you think he isn't going to hammer a rental?

The idea that you get low mileage, newer cars is mostly a fallacy. Rental companies keep cars longer now and put way many more miles on them. Especially in the high volume places, like Florida. I drove a 2018 Explorer this weekend as a rental with 27K on the odometer. The interior was trashed and it had several noises that it made going down the road.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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It depends in part on which company you buy from. The big name companies get rid of them at a certain age or after a certain number of miles. They take good care of them. Most are rented to people on business trips who drive to a hotel, then to a meeting then back to the airport.

The second tier rental companies - yes, I would not buy one from them.

Also I might avoid buying one of the low end cars. Those are the ones the kids rent.
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