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Old 08-10-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Default Corporate fleet lease vehicle...

Carfax says its a Corporate fleet lease vehicle...

Then it was sold at an auction (from motor vehicle dept, I believe) to a dealer.....& listed as a dealer vehicle, does that mean its fresh? Its a 2006

is this Good or bad?
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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What is the vehicle in question?
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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What is the vehicle in question?
Subaru impreza
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Could go either way. Most companies have scheduled maintenance programs, which may tend to get followed, since it costs the driver nothing. On the other hand, since it didn't really belong to the driver, s/he may have taken the "drive it like you stole it" approach.

You really just need to take the same precautions you would with any used car purchase.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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Could go either way. Most companies have scheduled maintenance programs, which may tend to get followed, since it costs the driver nothing. On the other hand, since it didn't really belong to the driver, s/he may have taken the "drive it like you stole it" approach.

You really just need to take the same precautions you would with any used car purchase.
Good point!! It only shows as of July this year there was an Oil and filter changed & whatever chassis is. SOoooo I hope its been maintained more than that........sheesh.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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A lot of used vehicles are former corporate fleet lease. That, in itself, is nothing to worry about.

Check the reputation of the selling dealer. If they have a good rep, odds are they pick the good stuff at auction.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:55 PM
 
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Rentals also come under the heading of fleet vehicles and more often than not they are former rental cars.

Carfax is great for the big stuff (anything that required a insurance claim) but are very spotty on vehicle repairs, and I wouldn't be so sure that a company looking to save money would necessarily be up on the maintenance since they know full well that they are dumping the vehicle in a few years.

One thing to keep in mind with Subarus, the tires have to be regularly rotated, and air pressure maintain equally for all wheels or you can run into problems with the drive train. My suggestion is that you log into Subaruoutback.org it is the best source of information on Subarus on the net.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Carfax says its a Corporate fleet lease vehicle...

Then it was sold at an auction (from motor vehicle dept, I believe) to a dealer.....& listed as a dealer vehicle, does that mean its fresh? Its a 2006

is this Good or bad?

I'm not certain it's bad, but it's probably not good.

Again quit "rooting" for the car, this should be a bargaining point for you.

Offhand I think you are better off buying a similar car from an individual, for one thing you get to meet the previous owner of the car, frequently this tells me A LOT...

FWIW, I don't recall having rented a Subaru ever, and I have rented a few cars in my day...
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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It will typically tell you if it was a corporate lease vehicle or a rental vehicle.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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You most definitely cannot count on Carfax. I know a couple guys that regularly buy totaled cars at the insurance auctions. Most of the cars they buy come with a clean Carfax report. These are totals! Major collision damage! And yet they still look good on Carfax.
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