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#186 of 205 Re: Ex-rental car warranty [johnwny]
May 12, 2009 (6:28 am)
"...They have more miles and a year or two older but less abused..."
I used to think the same thing until I read on these forums that dealers only care about the APPEARANCE of lease returns. It seems that if you bring the car back looking good it doesn't matter if you neglected the maintenance entirely.
This means you could be buying a car that hasn't had an oil change in 36,000 miles.
How about it car sales professionals, is this true, or am I talking through my hat?
I actually hope I'm wrong on this one because I would consider a lease return if there was some sort of maintenance requirement.
#187 of 205 Re: Ex-rental car warranty [johnwny]
May 15, 2009 (11:05 am)
No the warranty is not voided.
#188 of 205 Re: Ex-rental car warranty [oldfarmer50]
May 17, 2009 (11:54 am)
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
Sep 29, 2010 (11:34 am)
A newspaper reporter is interested in interviewing a Connecticut resident who recently purchased a vehicle from any rental car company. Please email your name and contact information to predmunds.com if you are interested in being interviewed.
#190 of 205 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Sep 29, 2010 (2:44 pm)
Where's explorer? We'll have to get him to buy one. He's our resident Connecticut guy!
#191 of 205 Re: press request [fezo]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Sep 30, 2010 (7:45 am)
I'm sure he'll be happy to comply. Should I go ahead and email him a note that you're prepared to front the money for purchase?
#192 of 205 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Oct 01, 2010 (2:29 am)
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 wife....you 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!"
#193 of 205 Re: press request [igozoomzoom]
Oct 18, 2010 (4:42 pm)
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.
#194 of 205 Re: press request [oldfarmer50]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:07 pm)
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! =)
#195 of 205 Re: press request [igozoomzoom]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:43 pm)
BMW has an interesting new ad campaign for their CPO cars.....Mods, take this down if you find it, uh, offensive....
"You know you're not the first...
But do you really care?"