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19:41  21 june  2018
19:41  21 june  2018 Source:   consumerreports.org

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Should You Consider Buying a Used Rental Car ? Q. Are the deals on used rental cars from rental - car companies as good as they seem? A. As you might expect, used rental cars have lived a harsher life than other used cars .

Have you ever considered buying a former rental car ? They rent them to people who treat them like shopping carts or worse, and then eventually sell them off. They end up on a used car lot somewhere.

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Q. Are the deals on used rental cars from rental-car companies as good as they seem?

A. As you might expect, used rental cars have lived a harsher life than other used cars. Miles are piled on at a much faster rate, and renters may not have been the most considerate drivers.

So it makes sense that rental-car companies looking to unload their vehicles seek to sweeten the deal for used-car shoppers with lower prices and promotions.

For example, Enterprise Holdings, the largest rental-car company in the U.S., gives shoppers seven days to decide whether they are happy with a purchased car. We strongly suggests using that time to have the used rental car inspected by a certified mechanic (about $100).

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Q. Are the deals on used rental cars from rental - car companies as good as they seem? A. As you might expect, used rental cars have lived a harsher life than other used cars . Miles are piled on

Enterprise and Hertz also offer "no-haggle pricing" and a limited powertrain warranty (covering the engine and transmission) that lasts 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

But shoppers can and should get even more protection, says Mel Yu, CR's automotive analyst. "Consider used models from automakers with the longest bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties, such as those from Hyundai and Kia," he says. Buyers of a used Hyundai or Kia get the remaining balance of both warranties, capped at five years or 60,000 miles.

When buying any used car, remember that your best choices should have solid CR reliability scores, a clean history report, and the safety features you want.

Editors Note: This article also appeared in the July 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. CR does not endorse products or services, and does not accept advertising. Copyright © 2018, Consumer Reports, Inc.

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For most, full-time ride hailing is more than twice as expensive as owning a car.AAA analyzed the cost of ride-hailing services, including the occasional use of rental cars, in 20 major urban areas and multiplied that by 10,841, which is the number of miles driven per year by the average driver in urban areas, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It focused on urban areas because they're the only places where ride-hailing services are available as a practical full-time option for getting around. Using that figure, relying on ride-hailing for your transportation would cost an average of $20,118 a year.

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