Should I buy this rental?

isa_bisa_b Member Posts: 4
edited April 2020 in MINI
Hello

I’m interested in buying a 2019 Mini Cooper hardtop 4 doors but it’s a rental. I’ve read all the pros and cons and I think I still want to go for it. Could you let me know what you think?

They will be shipping the car over to me as I’m 250 miles away. The car has 26k miles on it. I’m planning to keep it for just a couple of years and resale it. They’re asking $15,900 for it. No accidents and it seems to gave a clean record. They’ve agreed to let me “test” the car for 5 days or more since I’m not local. Of course I’d have to purchase the car before they can ship it to me to test, which I don’t mind. Is this a good deal? It still has warranty on it, which the main/only reason I’m buying it.

I read that this car has some reliability issues but I’m hoping the warranty will take care of most of it. I’m wondering though, Given that the car already has 26k miles, should they have changed the brakes and tire? I didn’t see that they did on the report. I’m also going to have it checked out by a mechanic.

Any feedback is welcome! 🙂👍🏾

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,767
    What company is it coming from? That makes a difference. In abstract, rental doesn’t. Many newer used cars at a dealer were Former rentals too.

    Miles high for a 2019. Not sure about the price. Is it loaded? S or base model?

    I would check local Mini dealers to see what they are asking for a comparable car too. Those would also be CPO.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,767
    Brakes not likely at that miles. Tires probably not either unless they wore out abnormally quick. Most likely just had a couple of oil changes.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • isa_bisa_b Member Posts: 4
    Alright. It’s coming from sixt car sales. They’re the ones likely to have that car since it’s foreign. It’s a base model.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,767
    From a quick online check of asking prices, yours does not seem bad. This was about the cheapest comparable I saw.

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/808490488/overview/

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,767
    isa_b said:

    Alright. It’s coming from sixt car sales. They’re the ones likely to have that car since it’s foreign. It’s a base model.

    They are good. So good bet it was well taken care of. Mini prices new can vary quite a bit based on options

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,926
    I wouldn't count on the "5 day test". If you have to purchase the car first, how are they going to unwind that?

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,767
    They can. Carvana and Carmax does also. I think they put you on a temp tag, don’t file paperwork, and if you return it they just buy it back (or unwind somehow).

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,926
    stickguy said:

    They can. Carvana and Carmax does also. I think they put you on a temp tag, don’t file paperwork, and if you return it they just buy it back (or unwind somehow).

    I'd be more worried about Sixt. Their rental facilities in the US have terrible reputations (unlike Europe)

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  • isa_bisa_b Member Posts: 4
    They don’t do CPO
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,682
    isa_b said:

    Hello

    I’m interested in buying a 2019 Mini Cooper hardtop 4 doors but it’s a rental. I’ve read all the pros and cons and I think I still want to go for it. Could you let me know what you think?

    They will be shipping the car over to me as I’m 250 miles away. The car has 26k miles on it. I’m planning to keep it for just a couple of years and resale it. They’re asking $15,900 for it. No accidents and it seems to gave a clean record. They’ve agreed to let me “test” the car for 5 days or more since I’m not local. Of course I’d have to purchase the car before they can ship it to me to test, which I don’t mind. Is this a good deal? It still has warranty on it, which the main/only reason I’m buying it.

    I read that this car has some reliability issues but I’m hoping the warranty will take care of most of it. I’m wondering though, Given that the car already has 26k miles, should they have changed the brakes and tire? I didn’t see that they did on the report. I’m also going to have it checked out by a mechanic.

    Any feedback is welcome! 🙂👍🏾

    Have you shopped locally?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,627
    It definitely should not need brakes and tires; I'd want a decent Mini dealer or a good indie Mini tech to give it a thorough PPI just to be safe. Minis are one of the very few FWD cars I can honestly say I enjoy driving.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • isa_bisa_b Member Posts: 4
    Thanks everyone for your feedback!
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