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What makes a rental vehicle a bad purchase? 

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2021 | Consumer Protection

When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you may want to look into used cars to save money. It makes sense to purchase a well-known brand, and with low miles, any vehicle on a lot might catch your interest.

You should be cautious, though, because there is a chance that a vehicle could have been a past rental. If it was, then there is a risk of it being a lemon.

Is it worth it to buy a rental vehicle?

Should you buy a rental vehicle? Well, that depends on a number of factors. You have to determine if you have the time and money to get the vehicle inspected and if there are any warranties or return options if you find you don’t like the vehicle after a few days. You need to get the vehicle’s maintenance records and look over the crash history.

Remember that people don’t drive rental vehicles like they would their own. They are rough on them, usually drive lots of city miles and may cause extra wear and tear on the vehicles’ brakes or tires. You have to be cautious to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition despite the low mileage. The dealer should disclose that this was a rental to you as well. 

It’s possible to get an excellent used rental car, but there are issues you may run into as well. If you end up buying a lemon, remember that there are laws that could help to protect you. Our site has more on the steps you can take if you were sold a lemon.

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