azjon wrote: ↑
Mon May 25, 2020 4:43 pm
Something to consider is if you buy a used vehicle from a dealer it may have been purchased at auction and you indirectly may be buying a prior rental vehicle. My wife purchased a used 2019 Infiniti late last year from a nearby dealer (a conglomerate of dealerships owned by Berkshire Hathaway) and when we reviewed the Carfax it turns out it was originally owned and used as a rental fleet vehicle by Hertz. We've had no issues with the vehicle to date.
If you find a vehicle on a new dealer lot that is 1-2 years old with 45k or fewer miles, there is a very strong possibility that it came from a rental car floor. If the vehicle is three years old with 60k miles, it is very likely that it is from a corporate fleet.
Twenty tears ago, it was a lot easier to identify rental cars as they had certain equipment like reinforced steering columns that most dealer cars did not. However, I would agree with some that the best way these days is to look at the paint near the trunks. Most rental cars have more than their share of paint scrapes.
Over the years, I have bought a car direct from Avis, three vehicles from my brother's dealership that were rental cars, and a couple of corporate fleet vehicles. Would I do it again? Certainly if 1) I have the ability to take the vehicle to my favorite mechanic and 2) if the price is right.
If I have to buy a car this year, it will probably be from Hertz as the spread between a new Corolla and a used 2020 Corolla with 15k is almost $5-6k.