Post # 1
im looking for a pre owned car to buy. I was checking out dealerships but came across something about rental agencies selling their inventory. I found the perfect car through Enterprise but I’m nervous to buy it without some feedback. Has anyone purchased a car through a rental agency? If so, how was the experience and the car? Also, do they do trades? Thanks!
Post # 2
I don’t know about enterprise but a company I used to work for contracted with Hertz and they also sell their cars. I would never in a million years buy one, they run those cars into the ground. They go as long as they can between brake changes, oil changes, put off any maintenance they can. People that drive them don’t generally treat them well because they’re a rental. Just my 2 cents
Post # 3
I would also be very wary about buying a rental unless I just had no other option or the price was drastically cut. Like PP said, people are hard on rentals because they know they can just give it back.
Post # 4
I think it depends on the individual car. I bought a Camry from a rental car agency.. honestly can’t remember which one. I bought it for a few thousand under Blue Book which was WAY cheaper than from a dealer, it’s an amazing car that’s never had issues.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2025 - City, State
Are they willing to share the full maintenance/repair records? Will they let you take it to your mechanic to be inspected?
Post # 6
I don’t know a ton about it, but my husband has also expressed interest in possibly doing this at some point. He’s very car savy and researches things obsessively so I trust his judgement. Despite other commenters assumptions, I would actually think the opposite of a rental. I know if I was a renting a car, I’d probably be more careful than in my own car because I know that I have to return it in the same condition I received it. I’ve been told that rental companies retire cars at a pre-determined number of miles, and this number is typically lower than you might expect. So it’s a great option because you can get a younger car with relatively low miles, that you know was regularly maintained, for a very reasonable price. If they offer a warranty, even better.
Post # 7
Many, many years ago my dad’s mechanic suggested he buy a used car from Avis (or Budget – can’t exactly remember.) The mechanic said that these cars were serviced regularly and kept in top running condition and were only on the road for a couple of years. He had that car for at least another six or seven years without any problems.
Don’t know if it’s the same now but if the price is right it might be worth considering. Can you have your own mechanic check it out?
Post # 8
Haven’t done so but tbh there is no way in hell I’d ever buy an old rental car. People thrash those things.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
I bought one from hertz. Great price and it lasted a long time.
Post # 10
This has been my understanding as well. The rental fleets are maintained on strict schedules and retired pretty young.
It actually makes good business sense. What rental company would want a constant barrage of calls from irate stranded customers whose cars had broken down?
Post # 11
I’ve never bought a rental car, but I did work for Enterprise and can assure you the cars were routinely maintained. We would even call customers who were in cars that needed to be serviced to let them know the car was due for maintenance. That’s a liability and SQI nightmare to have a customer stranded due to something we could have prevented. Even if customers smoked or trashed cars, we had to charge them $150 detail fee and would have it detailed before it was rented again. And yes, the cars are often pulled from the fleet after so many miles. I don’t know the exact number, but I rarely remember us having cars in our fleet with over 30-40k miles, and that’s on the high end.
My only concern with buying a rental would be the extremely high miles put on them in such a short time period. That 30k miles could be on a car that’s only a year old. They make up for it with the low cost of purchasing though. I don’t think you could go wrong with purchasing a Honda or Toyota, or any other Maker known for longevity and reliability.
Post # 12
My ex husband and I bought a car from a rental company- it’s been like almost 20 years now- so I can’t remember which one. But it had fairly low mileage and I never had a problem with it.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
Adeline4 : Enterprise is great about maintaining their rentals. While I don’t work for them, they are one of our corporate sponsors so I know many people who do work for them (a PP did as well). With that said, I bought my Nissan Rogue from a dealer and it was previously an Enterprise rental. I test drove many other new and used vehicles and you couldn’t tell that it wasn’t brand new. The mileage was low and the price was excellent! No regrets.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I don’t know a single person who drive a rental car like trash just because it’s a rental. I think that idea is way overblown.
I almost bought a car from a rental company but found a better deal at a dealership.
Honestly if you’re buying a used car, you’ll never really know how well a car was cared for, and a rental car company will have way more services records for a vehicle than a dealership trying to sell someone’s trade in.
It would also be incredibly bad business for a rental car company to not only not to take care of their rentals, but then turn around and sell a lemon to someone.
As long as you take it to a mechanic you trust before buying it, I think it would be as good as any other used car.
Post # 15
We bought ours from Carmax which does buy cars from Enterprise. If you can get a full history report (both on mechanical maintenance) and a regular carfax then I wouldn’t be as worried. Without those I would be less hesitant to buy.