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Cognizant
May 16th, 2015, 08:39 PM
Is it a bad idea? I mean, at least I'd hope at a place like a Hertz they'd do regular oil change and maintain the car well. At the same time, people tend to drive rentals a bit more agressively and causing more wear on the powertrain. Would you buy a used rental car?

matt_tgr
May 17th, 2015, 10:38 AM
I probably wouldn't. A bit too risky in my opinion.

Abyssal Echo
May 17th, 2015, 12:42 PM
50 50 chance you'll get a decent car. Personally I wouldn't buy one because from what I've seen people tend to beat them.
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mxracing21
June 20th, 2015, 10:45 PM
i would. the rental car companies maintain their cars very well. you will know it had every required service and oil changed regularly. it may or may not have been driven hard but you will never know just like buying any other used car.

ImCoolBeans
June 20th, 2015, 11:25 PM
I think it's a 50/50 shot as it is with a lot of used cars. If it had decent milage and was not too expensive then I might go for it.

Cognizant
June 21st, 2015, 03:16 PM
i would. the rental car companies maintain their cars very well. you will know it had every required service and oil changed regularly. it may or may not have been driven hard but you will never know just like buying any other used car.

I think it's a 50/50 shot as it is with a lot of used cars. If it had decent milage and was not too expensive then I might go for it.

Ok, lets say it's a 2013 Toyota Camry (http://www.hertzcarsalessantaclara.com/certified/Toyota/2013-Toyota-Camry-298d1d780a0a000270a2277bc0e49bc1.htm), 50,000 miles on the ODO, regular oil changes, and no visible damage. Would you buy it?

SethfromMI
June 21st, 2015, 07:01 PM
Ok, lets say it's a 2013 Toyota Camry (http://www.hertzcarsalessantaclara.com/certified/Toyota/2013-Toyota-Camry-298d1d780a0a000270a2277bc0e49bc1.htm), 50,000 miles on the ODO, regular oil changes, and no visible damage. Would you buy it?

I would take someone who knows about cars with me. if they give you the green light, go for it

ImCoolBeans
June 22nd, 2015, 03:12 PM
Ok, lets say it's a 2013 Toyota Camry (http://www.hertzcarsalessantaclara.com/certified/Toyota/2013-Toyota-Camry-298d1d780a0a000270a2277bc0e49bc1.htm), 50,000 miles on the ODO, regular oil changes, and no visible damage. Would you buy it?

I would take someone who knows about cars with me. if they give you the green light, go for it

Yeah, that's what I would do too. I don't know a ton about cars, but that doesn't sound too dangerous to me. 50,000 miles isn't really that much.

mxracing21
June 23rd, 2015, 06:51 PM
50k is low for a Toyota. I would do it but that's just me

PinkFloyd
August 28th, 2015, 01:10 AM
Don't. Seriously, do not do it, man. There's a reason rental agencies replace cars at 50,000 miles.

Vermilion
August 28th, 2015, 02:40 AM
50k is quite low and if you get it at a cheap price you can get the engine re built for a fair price so it would be like new. But like others have said it's a 50/50 chance less if you can get a person that works on cars to check it out. Make your you check the loge book it would have its service records in it

Uniquemind
August 28th, 2015, 02:55 AM
Don't do it!

There are tons of lax legal protections regarding such purchases and you have no idea if the rental car has endured flood damage or anything else that they just covered up by working the interior.

There could be bacteria and mold spores, among serious mechanical failure.

It's a safety hazard in that sense too.


I'd only do it if they made the car $5 so you could easily feel okay tossing it, if you discover a problem.

Daniella98
August 28th, 2015, 04:20 AM
I would stay away from rental cars. No drive of them had owner relationship with it.
Its been beaten and driven carelessly