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Does anyone here knows where do rental car dealers sell their cars?

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Some of the big rental agencies have their own lots for this. If you ask around the used car lots you will probably find which ones sell used rentals.
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They sell their fleet back to dealers to be sold as a " demo "
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Not true. Rentals are sold just like any other USED vehicle, at auctions or to individual wholesale or retail buyers. A vehicle that has been licensed can not be called a 'demo' or 'factory owned' car, it's a used car. Many dealers like to muddy the waters buy calling all the cars they buy from the manufacture as 'program or 'company' vehicles, but only those that where never sold and titled are really 'program or 'company' vehicles. Leases for instance are sold to the credit branch of the manufacture and when the lease is up they are used cars, period. Ford for example owns Hertz but they sell the cars to Hertz and Hertz sells them as they see fit. There was a time when they held them only 6 months then sold them off their own lots but complaints of franchise holder stopped that practice. To by vehicles at a fleet discount they must be kept in service for one year/12K or until the new model year intro date, WOF.
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Great response Mike! Right on the money.

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YOU DO NOT WANT TO BUY A DEMO CAR. Or a used rental for that matter. I am the perfect reason why you dont buy one. When I rent a car I ABUSE ABUSE ABUSE the hell out of it. Yes I know its immature but what the heck.

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Enterprise sells theirs direct. Check out the other rental car web sites
http://www.enterprise.com/carsales/deeplinkmap.do?cur=enterprise_com_Internet_lead&cnty=US
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The local Ford(yeah I'd never buy one) dealer has a list in the office of vehicles that are coming off of leases - so they go in and browse the ones that are coming in.
They do twice the used business of any of the Ford dealers around them because of this. They don't even bother to sell you used vehicles, but refer to the "list" - because they found out that everyone wanted a first owner lease vehicle instead of an ex-rental. (at least at the dealership - their used lot a half mile down the road is a typical pit) They charge a bit more than low blue book, but that's fine considering you know the history of the vehicle.
Basically, they have new, 0-5 year old leases cycling in, and their old cars lot - all 5+ years. Nothing on the main lot under 5 years old as the lease cars are snapped up sight-unseen months ahead of time.
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That dealer must be using a bank leasing company or leasing his on vehicles. Ford Credit does not allow the selling dealer to buy leases at termination. All Ford Credit leased vehicles are taken back, reconditioned, and sold at Ford dealer regional auctions, as off lease vehicles.
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Hertz, and Enterprise have their own used rental dealers across the US. Hertz pulls thier cars right around 24K miles, or two years old whichever comes first (usually the 24K) There are advandages and disadvantages to buying a rental. Disadvantage: It is a used car. It has been beat to hell by people who don't give a crap because it is not thiers (note...same reason I would not want ot buy a reposessed car...the owner didn't care) Higher mileage for the age of the car.
Advantages: Much cheaper than blue book. (Most I have seen beat a dealers used inventory by thousands.) They keep maintenance records. Some have factory warranty left on them.
I have a friend whou bought a used 2000 Pontiac Grand Am V-6 75K miles that was a rental and has had ZERO problems with it. Another friend bought a 1999 Olds Cutlass V-6 36K (NOT a rental) a few months later had a water pump and an intake manifold replaced. Pontiac owner paid $10K, Olds owner paid $12K. Since the V6 motor is renowned for the intake going at about 40K miles, we figure the Pontiac one was already replaced.
Used cars are a crapshoot no matter what.
just my two pennies
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