I have a nearby Ford dealer that has a good number of 2004 Taurus' for
sale. Checked them all on Carfax and all come back as rental vehicles that
the dealer got at auction. Without going into the pro's and con's of
purchasing an ex-rental, I would like opinions on what the dealer actually
paid for these at auction. Any guesses educated or otherwise? Most are
SES with cloth interior, with and without Duratec engines... Basic cars.
All around 20,000 miles. Dealer is asking 10995 for each. Trying to
figure out what to offer.
I purchased a "new" 2004 Taurus SES, sunroof, leather, etc. on December
27th. I paid $12,998.00 and felt that I got an outstanding deal. I paid
the full asking price and the car has been perfect so far. It had 20104
miles on it when I purchased it. I check carfax and found out that it was a
Hertz rental car in the Los Angeles area. I wouldn't hesitate on purchasing
another car like this one and saved lots of $$$$$$ too.
Haven't you ever heard, "I drove the damn thing like it was a RENTAL car."
I remember in my youth that when a friend had his father's rental we
found they would take a beating and go where no 4X4 would go.
I would get an extended warranty.
If you want to buy an ex-rental Taurus, wouldn't there be a good selection
at the Hertz used car lot? Hertz claims to have such things as service
records and additional warranty for the used rental cars that they sell.
Timothy J. Lee
I have rented cars in my business for nearly 2 decades, worked with many
others who rent them regularly too. I would never buy a used rental
car. The large majority of car renters are much harder on rental cars
then they would be on their own car. I know for the most part I was.
I've trashed the hell out of many a Hertz rental car. Buyer beware.
I have owned a couple of cars which were previously rental cars (including
the one I now drive). Both have been excellent vehicles. Perhaps not
all people are destructive with rental cars as you are. Some would
consider is dishonest to purposely "trash the hell" out of some one
The 2004 Grand Am V6 I rented (Enterprise) a few weeks ago had 14.7k
miles showing with the factory fill oil. It was *BLACK* and *SLUDGY*
and the "omg please change the oil asap!" light did everything it could
to get my attention.
Now tell me... Would you buy this car? Me - No way unless it was under
50% of book value.
Say what you will, Rental cars are red headed step children, nobody
(including the rental company that owns it) ever loves them and takes
care of them. At best they get treated OK generally they get treated
less then OK.
Lots of people consider driving rental cars hard getting their money's
It's a crapshoot like almost any other secondhand car purchase. I've
bought a couple of fleet [not rental] cars on eBay sight unseen. Got
reasonable deals (after factoring in necessary repairs). The only
difference I see with a rental is that the rental will probably be more
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