How to Avoid Buying a Used Rental Car
A car that's been abused is obviously not going to last as long as one where the owner treated it like their baby.
This is why most experts advise not to buy a car that's been used as a rental or commercial vehicle. When most people rent cars, they don't have a vested interest in the long-term reliablity of the car.
Most will floor the accelerator every chance they get. Some people even use rental cars as if they're stunt cars, trying to pull off 360 degree spins and abusing the braking system.
Knowing which cars are used most often as rental and commercial vehicles can help you avoid buying one.
Automotive Fleet Magazine released a list of cars most often used as fleet vehicles. Some on the list, such as the Ford Crown Victoria, are used mostly as taxis and police cars and usually aren't found too often as used cars.
If you're interested in buying one of the cars on the list, we advise you find one being sold by a private party. Make sure it is a one-owner car, not one that has been resold already. If the car is being sold on a dealer lot, our recommendation is to stay away. Chance are the car was purchased at auction from a rental or fleet company and the dealer doesn't have any obligation to reveal this fact to you.
Top 20 Cars Used as Rental or Commercial Vehicles
|Rank||Vehicle||% Sold to Fleet|
|1||Ford Crown Victoria||94.0%|
|4||Lincoln Town Car||66.1%|
|5||Chrysler PT Cruiser||61.5%|
|10||Mercury Grand Marquis||55.4%|
|12||Pontiac Grand Prix||53.3%|
|13||Ford Taurus X||51.4%|
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