Mention that you are thinking of buying a former rental car and the response is predictable: Rental cars have been abused and you'd be crazy to buy one. But should you really steer clear of these vehicles? Or could a former rental car be solid, dependable transportation?
The oft-cited abuse of rental cars might be true in a few cases. But there are other factors that offset that argument. Rental companies maintain their cars well and closely follow the service schedules. And because the rental car agencies buy vehicles in volume and pay less up front, their resale prices can be lower.
Another benefit to buying a rental car is the convenience of the shopping experience. The large rental companies — Avis, Enterprise and Hertz — have websites with fixed pricing, attractive financing and thousands of vehicles. The cars are often only 1 or 2 years old, so the balance of the warranty is still in effect. Extended warranties are also available.