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Hertz used to have a place up in Raleigh on US-70 a couple of miles from Crabtree Mall. I never got a Mustang from them, but we did buy a 6 month old 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with 18k miles from them and it was spotless, no issues. My little brother got a 98 Prizim from there and it was the same way.

I'm not sure about getting a high performance car from a place like that, though. Really only because of the way people use them up (constant hard acceleration, braking, etc). I'm not saying I wouldn't do it, but it would give me pause, anyway.



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Who saw the Top Gear episode where they bought used cars and took them to some forensic lab? They found semen, snot, and even traces of feces in the interiors.


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Hello, I just bought a 2011 Candy Red Premium V6 Convertible from a private dealer and it was a CA Hertz rental. It seems in great condition overall, looks fantastic inside and out, so far so good for the last two weeks. I bought an ESP from Ford. It had 40K miles which does seem high for a 2011 but it's been in service since mid 2010. Cost was $20k plus tax/lic. I was hesitant but I called some of the dealers customers and they were all very happy with theirs. It was 5K under franchise dealers and 3k under CARMAX so I thought we got a good deal. They seem to be selling higher out here in CA. I love it! Will keep you posted in the future. 2012's were even higher. Great deal to Clueby in Mo on the 2012 with 24K mi on it!
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I treat rental cars like crap.

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Every person I have ever known that rented a Muscle car... V6 or V8 has roasted on and stomped the car out. Rentals are driven hard. The company's know this. I assume it's one of the many reasons they sell the cars after 1-3 years with low miles.

With that said, I purchased my car new and it sees it's fair share of wide open throttle, burns outs here and there too. But, at the same time I keep my car show rom clean, I don't smoke in it, it's garaged, waxed and I never treat it like a red-headed step child...

Which one would you rather buy? I'll skip the rental car. They never seen to be that great being sold used anyway.

Guess which rentals are off-road capable? ALL OF 'EM!!!

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I would never buy a rental mustang! They are rented just to bag, and they are treated like crap. I couldn't care less if the Interior was in good shape. Every rental car I have driven has been driven way harder than I drive my cars.


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I would never buy a rental mustang! They are rented just to bag, and they are treated like crap. I couldn't care less if the Interior was in good shape. Every rental car I have driven has been driven way harder than I drive my cars.


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I had this debate with myself... a $30,000 daily rental GT or a brand new V6 for the same price..

I went w/ the v6.
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Who saw the Top Gear episode where they bought used cars and took them to some forensic lab? They found semen, snot, and even traces of feces in the interiors.
I'm laughing just thinking about making a reply to this one.

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I'm laughing just thinking about making a reply to this one.
No new car smell there. ...

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I've never seen a V8 in any rental Mustang/Camaro/Challenger.

Used to be able to tell the rentals from the door rub strip not sure if they do that on 10's - up.

I rented a '06 Mustang V6 coupe automatic, it's what got me thinking of buying one, 5 months later I bought my '08.

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I used to work in rental. I did this for almost 3 years...one of the shadiest jobs I experienced. Here's a piece of info that is disturbing and why I would never buy a rental fleet vehicle: These cars aren't insured. In CA, if you have $35,000 to set aside with the DMV, you do not need insurance. Why is this the most scary part? Because if the rental car gets damaged, it will almost certainly not make it onto a Carfax report. Repairs are handled as an operating expense so an insurance claim on a damaged vehicle is never made...at least that's how it was done at Enterprise where I worked. We were "self-insured".

If the accidents don't scare you, consider what has already been mentioned. These are rentals. Even though they can cycle these out of the fleet within a year at relatively low miles, i.e. 1 year at 9,900 miles, these 9,900 miles could been split up by anywhere between 100 (conservative estimate) to 200 (aggressive estimate) renters over the course of that one year. Not all will treat this car like their own. Even rental employees took the opportunity to "test drive" these vehicles. Maybe 80 out of the 100 babied the rental, but then you can only imagine what the remaining 20 would've done.

Here's another little known rental tidbit that nobody talks about: Maintenance. We were required to follow a generic maintenance schedule. At the time, oil changes were every 3,000 miles. There were times when either the car was out on a long-term rental, or if rental branches were really busy during the week that these cars didn't always make their maintenance schedule. For some cars this is OK because scheduled maintenance as per owners' manual allowed it to go past 3,000 miles, but this is not the case for every car.

Personally, knowing what I know, I would never buy a car from a rental fleet...or probably any fleet for that matter.

if you do find yourself in a position where you have to buy one, you will need to ask the right questions:

1) Request accident history - What repairs were made to the car. What's difficult about it is that you have to take the rental companies' word here and there is no source for you to validate their answers.

2) Request maintenance history - Rental companies keep accurate records with regards to maintenance. They should easily be able to provide it to you. Compare the maintenance intervals to a factory maintenance schedule for that particular car. You can find an owners manual for almost every common late model car online nowadays.

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Not many rental fleets have GTs, most are V6 models with few options. They are maintained professionally, and most are a good value.

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They are maintained professionally, and most are a good value.
Yeah... I have a hard time swallowing that pill.

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Many, many drivers... farting... in the car. I could never own one.
Man, if that fart manages to linger for that long, there's a SERIOUS problem with that renter!

I wouldn't own a fart funk-tified rental either.

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