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Purchasing Rental & Program Vehicles



  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Well, all that depends on the reconditioning program. CPO cars must have their maintenance up to date for example.
    Yet ANOTHER reason to buy a CPO car ;)
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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Where's explorer? We'll have to get him to buy one. He's our resident Connecticut guy!
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  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    I was flipping channels one day and ran across Jeff Foxworthy on Comedy Central. He was talking about rental cars and the potential abuse they've suffered at the hands of sadistic renters. Then he started talking about how some of the major rental companies now have their own sales lots offering off-rental cars for sale. I still can't help but laugh at what he had to say about buying a used rental car.....

    "Going to a car rental lot looking for a car to buy is kinda like going to a house of 'ill repute' looking for a don't know how many times it's been around the block, but it's definitely got some miles on it...and you really don't want to stick your key in it!" ;)
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,023
    Foxworthy also had a bit where he talked about how people's personalities change when they get behind the wheel of a car they don't own. He talked about how his grandmother would drive to church at 20mph in her own car but given a rental she would be doing donuts in the church parking lot. I think that just about sums it up with rentals. A hundred grandmas doing donuts is rough on a car.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    Being serious (temporarily), I've only known a handful of people who have purchased used former rental vehicles. They all sold the cars after a few years and well before the cars reached 100k miles. But in that time frame, there were no major mechanical failures that I recall. The cars were a Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, all of which are considerably durable vehicles in general. But they were also plain as dirt- plastic wheel covers, no cruise on the Corolla (and maybe the Camry) and other little details (or lack thereof) that screamed "rental car".

    Until very recently, I was absolutely opposed to the idea of purchasing an off-rental car. But a lot of manufacturers have made it a much sweeter proposition thanks to their "Certified Pre-Owned Programs". The cars are barely one year old, sometimes even less, often with under 10k miles on them (and rarely over 20-25k miles. They get the CPO designation and the extended warranty that comes with it! A lot of makes extend the powertrain coverage up to 5 to 7yrs or 100k miles from original in service date. I'd feel much more comfortable buying a former rental vehicle knowing that the powertrain (engine/transmission) were covered all the way to 100,000 miles...plenty of time for any renter abuse issues to show up!

    Still, I'd rather not buy a car that countless people have driven and done God only knows what else in! =)
  • jwilliams2jwilliams2 Posts: 854
    edited October 2010
    BMW has an interesting new ad campaign for their CPO cars.....Mods, take this down if you find it, uh, offensive....


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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,023
    "...there were no major mechanical failures..."

    Cars are built better these days so I supose you could have years of trouble free use. For me, I just can't get the image out of my head that dozens of people were beating the heck out of the car before I bought it. The discount would have to be pretty big to overcome that. If I were to get one it would be some sort of "old fogey" type car like a LaSabre that would be less likely to have been rented by a kid.

    Just go to YouTube and type in "rental car abuse". It will curl your hair..

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,023
    "...But do you really care?..."

    A few years ago you would only see stuff like that in "men's magazines". Now BMW is doing it.

    How the world has changed.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • This ad is apparently from europe. Probably won't see it in the US.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    oldfarmer50- I understand and share your 'discomfort' with the idea. I drive a 2006 Mazda3 s 5-door that I bought new in 12/05. But I never would have even considered Mazda had it not been for the "Zoom-Zoom Live" PR/marketing events that they used to hold each year at various locations around the country. One of those locations was Road Atlanta Raceway here in Georgia and a friend invited me to go with him back in Fall 2005. I got to drive several Mazda vehicles thru timed courses and where they encouraged you to go ALL OUT trying to beat a certain lap time...I was in a Mazda3 i AT and didn't do all that great, but i watched some hoodlums ahead of me in a Mazda5 almost rollover!

    That was also when they were introducing the MAZDASPEED6 and they had a course set up for more serious folks (over 25 and had to show driver's license, insurance card and convince them you were in the market). The friend I was with had an '05 Mazda6 s at the time, which got us in but he couldn't drive a manual, so he rode along with me.

    There were five MAZDASPEED6's on the track including me. Most of the others were driving the living hell out of those poor things- two had already been put out of commission earlier in the day due to a center differential failure and blown clutch. The car I drove had 3200 miles on it, but the clutch was slipping, there were some nasty sounds coming from the AWD system and the the turbos made more of a groan when it spooled up. To top it off the engine was running very WARM- past the 3/4 mark....these cars had been treated worse than most rental cars ever could be!

    I had fun and the thing would fly once you got used to the clutch (double clutching seemed to work) and the synchros on 3rd were also shot.....but the disturbing thing is that Mazda patched them all up after that and sold them as "demos"!!! At least they had the warranty coverage as such, but I bet the buyers who were dropping $30k+ had no idea what their cars had been thru! And it probably explains why the '06 model SPEED6 had major reliability issues reported and the '07 is basically trouble free!

    When I buy a new car, I make them give me one with less than 20 miles on it....cause you really never know!
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    A co-worker turned in a rental car that was loaned to him after an accident. With a sheepish grin he said, "Don't ever buy a rental car." He had driven it very hard. Another guy I was helping him move into his new house. He treated the big delivery truck like a race car, thought I should have on a racing helmet. Golf carts? I would under no circumstances buy a public course golf cart. People treat those things like bumper cars. :blush:
  • jam808jam808 Posts: 14

    I want to buy it from Enterprise or HErtz

    I saw a few 2010 with 32000 miles which is a lot but the price was like 15500
    The 2008-2009 i see with 28-35000 miles for 14500-15500 as well

    What do you think.

    You can check them out on;jsessionid=NfbQDvcRMTgtG8vJ7n- - SLrVDWnqCkvsyr6LGmQDpVLdvFpqbLQL3F!-39648364 - san&Models=Altima&BodyType=Sedan&PostalCode=33019&
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    "I want to buy it from Enterprise or HErtz

    I saw a few 2010 with 32000 miles which is a lot but the price was like 15500
    The 2008-2009 i see with 28-35000 miles for 14500-15500 as well

    What do you think. "

    You could actually get a better deal on a "Nissan Certified Pre-Owned" 2008-2009 Altima 2.5S from a Nissan dealer! That way it would include full warranty coverage until 7-years or 100,000 miles from the original in-service date (when it was originally sold new). You can use or Nissan's CPO website to search in your area. I found several here in the Atlanta area with asking prices between $13,900 and $15,900 and no more than 46k miles on them. Note that I used the word "asking" price...unlike Enterprise and Hertz Car Sales, the prices for the Nissan CPO vehicles are usually negotiable!!! Enterprise and Hertz both have a no-haggle policy, which works in their favor rather than the buyer's!

    Here's a link to the Nissan CPO site-
  • jam808jam808 Posts: 14
    thanks so much zoom zoom

    I am going to look now and see if I can get a deal,

    Tell me, I was thinking of getting an Nissan Altima. I didnt like the reviews on the Accord, but dou think I can look for a 2009 for that range and get lucky. I guess Igot spoiled by looking on the rental sites and seeing those good prices for 2010 at 15500, but I am going to look at the 2 sites you gave me.

    Can u alos explain to me the warranty and the certified stuff.

    The rental only wanted to give 12000 miles or a year.
  • windgracewindgrace Posts: 83
    Hello! Did you end up purchasing a vehicle from Hertz? I've been looking for a used car and prices are truly insane right now. I was looking at some of the vehicles at some nearby Hertz locations, and I'm finding some 2009-2010 Mazda 6s with 30-40k miles for about $12-13k. In comparison to a dealership, I'm seeing an 07 Camry with 92k miles for #13k or an 06 Civic with 100k miles for $14k. Unfortunately, price is an object for me as I am a college student and my insurance is already very expensive. Short of the standard "get the car checked at a mechanic" response I'd very much appreciate any advice regarding buying a used vehicle from Hertz versus a dealership like Hyundai or Toyota (seeing as most of their used cars are bought from auction, it seems like there's a similar chance for someone to really use and abuse the car anyways...)
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