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The pros and cons of buying a used rental car

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In the market for a used car?

Oct. 17, 2018

In the market for a used car? You might want to consider a rental car.

Rental car companies have a wide assortment of vehicles for sale, priced to move.

Most are no more than 18 months old, but in some cases, they’ve racked up more than 50,000 miles. Also, most have had a lot of drivers – maybe 100 or more.

"With that much use by drivers who don’t have a personal stake in the cars, these vehicles have probably taken a beating,” said Jon Linkov with Consumer Reports Autos.

On the other hand: Most rental companies inspect their cars regularly.

In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, many rental car companies offer their own warranty and include roadside assistance.

Consumer Report says it pays to look for cars that have five-year or 60,000-mile warranties from the manufacturer, like Hyundai or Kia.

No matter where you buy a used car – you need to know the vehicle's history to see if it's ever been in an accident. Consumer Reports recommends Carfax or Autocheck.

More Info: What to know before you buy a used rental car

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