Would You Buy a Rental Car from Hertz

kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
Nissan, Mazda w under 30k miles

Would You Buy a Rental Car from Hertz 43 votes

YES
25% 11 votes
NO WAY
39% 17 votes
ONLY IF I COULD SEE SERVICE HISTORY
6% 3 votes
ONLY IF A MECHANIC LOOKED IT OVER FIRST
27% 12 votes
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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 5,068
    I don't like either choice. I would buy a used rental.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,041
    I voted no way but my answer actually is no way unless the price is way below the market value.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 583
    Are you anticipating a “Going Out of Business” sale?
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  • KexKex Posts: 4,297
    Just judging from the rental cars I’ve driven, they are generally in good shape with no surprises.

    Sure, I’d expect some small dings that weren’t repaired, possible cosmetic issues with the interior from careless use, and maybe even some things like alignment that might need checked, but once my mechanic had a chance to look it over (even if it were after purchase) I’d be happy.

    These cars are so recent that it would be hard to really cause any major mechanical damage that isn’t easily repairable, and I assume they do basic maintenance like oil changes on schedule to keep them running.

    However, they frequently buy basic trim versions of any car, with boring color choices, and those would never be the ones that I would buy. My last two from the end of 2019 were a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW. They were both white with black vinyl (MB-tex, Sensatec) interiors. They drove perfectly and were nice cars to drive up into the mountains in Colorado, but white vehicles seem so utilitarian to me, and an all black interior is similarly boring.

    So while I have no objection, it’s something that’s never going to happen.
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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    edited May 23
    maxward wrote: »
    Are you anticipating a “Going Out of Business” sale?
    Hoping for one actually...right now the prices are pretty good so I guess it depends what happens in bankruptcy. One of our cars is going with our oldest to college and out 2nd just got his license. I will be working until Im 75!
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    Nightfall wrote: »
    I voted no way but my answer actually is no way unless the price is way below the market value.
    Curious as to why no way vs. a car off a used lot...my wife is leading this effort so doing a bit of research first...
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,506
    I said 3, but really 3&4 and it’s priced very competitively and most importantly, it’s just a very reliable model like a Camry or accord. But I always get a car fax and by a reliable model and get it checked out by a mechanic if it’s a private purchase so this is not much different. The main reason I haven’t bought one is because they are usually very basic models, but for my kids? If all the other boxes check then why not?

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,041
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    I voted no way but my answer actually is no way unless the price is way below the market value.
    Curious as to why no way vs. a car off a used lot...my wife is leading this effort so doing a bit of research first...

    Because the sayings "Drive it like it's a rental" and "Don't be gentle, it's a rental" are a thing.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    yeah....thats what I fear!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,727
    Great deals on 2019 Z06’s right now. Saw a 2SS Camaro convertible for under 30k as well.
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  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 926
    I got my 2012 Dodge Journey from Enterprise car sales with 28K not many problems with the truck and is going to hit 180k soon.

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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,927
    Nothing wrong with buying a rental especially if it's in good shape, low mileage and has a good service history. Most people are careful with rentals as they don't want to pay fees for excessive wear and tear.
    They might go out of business so you might get a really good deal.
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  • KexKex Posts: 4,297
    Just browsed their website for gits & shiggles...

    Hertz Sales
    • They seem to offer an option where you can either test drive the vehicle for two hours, or,
    • Rent it at a reduced rate for three days before buying.
    • Also, they offer a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty (I hate warranties, but whatever...).
    • AutoCheck report is free.
    • There’s a 7 day 250 mile buyback assurance (swap or refund, less a $200 cleaning and recertification fee).

    Pricing does seem to be around KBB dealer pricing, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t find a CPO car from a dealer that would be a year or two older, and cheaper, though probably with more miles. Some of the cars I browsed only had 10K miles.
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  • KexKex Posts: 4,297
    mantis wrote: »
    ... Most people are careful with rentals as they don't want to pay fees for excessive wear and tear.
    They might go out of business so you might get a really good deal.
    I definitely drive rentals like there were my own... maybe others do otherwise... 🤔

    Hertz have declared bankruptcy, but I very much doubt that they will actually go out of business permanently. They are just going to restructure their debts and obligations etc., but I’d expect them to be fine, longer term.
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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    She is eyeing one if the following:
    Hyundai Tucson
    Mazda CX 9
    Nissan Pathfinder
    probably a 2019 or 2020...somewhere around 20 to 30k miles and AWD is a must
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,171
    I've rented many cars and have seen the beating they take... No way...Find a private owner and get the records...
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,093
    My current Murano was purchased from Carmax but was a fleet vehicle in NY for something, so possibly hertz.

    It was just as good as my used Jetta purchased from the dealer.

    I’d not have too many qualms as by and large they will be taken care of, however as mentioned, you likely won’t get many upgraded options as it’s not cost effective for them to do so.

    But as stated, if for a kid. I don’t care if they don’t get heated seats, or leather, etc.

    If it’s for ME.... well that’s different :wink:
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 10,109
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    She is eyeing one if the following:
    Hyundai Tucson
    Mazda CX 9
    Nissan Pathfinder
    probably a 2019 or 2020...somewhere around 20 to 30k miles and AWD is a must

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,304
    I wouldn't, I've seen way to many people beat the crud out of them. Put the cheapest gas in it. Worst off is how many people made love in it? Seriously I had a rental and when I was putting the car seat in it was a what the---- used condom in the thing.

    Now if there were a big discount then I'd think about it.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,402
    Every rental car I used was always mechanically sound, but basic in appearance and functionality. However, the main reason why I wouldn’t buy one is they have automatic transmissions, and I have never owned an automatic. At 70 I am not about to switch to an automatic.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,927
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    She is eyeing one if the following:
    Hyundai Tucson
    Mazda CX 9
    Nissan Pathfinder
    probably a 2019 or 2020...somewhere around 20 to 30k miles and AWD is a must
    I'd probably grab the Mazda CX-9. Nissan basically sucks now, I'm a very long time Nissan owner and had 5 of them over the decades. From what I have been hearing Nissan is in trouble even before this madness and might go out of business.
    Hyundai has horrible resale value but are pretty nice for the money. Their leases are horrible. Mazda is a pretty solid company with good quality good resale value and fun to drive, all of them actually. Not a bad way to go. You get a lot for you money there.
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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,735

    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    I voted no way but my answer actually is no way unless the price is way below the market value.
    Curious as to why no way vs. a car off a used lot...my wife is leading this effort so doing a bit of research first...

    Because of this,
    Kex wrote: »

    However, they frequently buy basic trim versions of any car, with boring color choices, and those would never be the ones that I would buy.

    I believe you could find a much better option on a used car lot. This has to be a pretty good time to buy.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,649
    Some good tips here but I'd always be thinking...
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,649
    Also, along the lines of what Loren said, you never know what kind of music's been played in it. That's worst of all.
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  • seeclearseeclear Posts: 1,244
    Bought a 2016 Pathfinder in 2017 and a 2017 Rogue in 2018 with the Hertz Rent2Buy. Like them both and a good experience both times.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,171
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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    Well....done! We ended up with a 2019 Hyundai Tuscon with around 34K miles on it. It was a rental we found through a local dealer but the exterior is excellent and interior very good on the Audiogon scale. Also got them to throw in a new set of 50k tires and some other stuff. ALSO, Georgia residents, we finally dumped Metlife for home and auto instance since they suck so bad. If anyone needs a referral to save some cash on apples to apples coverage and not be treated like 💩, drop me a PM....I can give you the name of an actual agent to do a comparison for you. So far we are very happy with our new insurer and agent.
  • xschopxschop Posts: 1,423
    edited May 29
    This needs the USED CARS high prices clip inserted.

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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,163
    Dude what movie is that....I don't believe I ever saw it!
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