• fb_929955587015052 avatar Rick Posted: 1/8/2015 6:14pm PST

    I do NOT work for Enterprise but now wish I had made my recent purchase of a 2013 Altima from them, instead of Hertz. Necessity required me to rent a car and the only local agency is Enterprise. Fuel economy is high on my list and I was amazed that the Altima they gave got 38 mpg on a long trip I made, & the car was like-new. I researched all the agencies for the best deal on a Altima w/ 35-40K miles. Enterprise offerred to deliver me a CPO car, but I found another similar mileage car for $400-500 less at Hertz. Despite having to travel 1.5 hrs x3, I thought one was as good as another...WRONG. Experience turned into a nightmare.. with 38K, found they had NOT done 30K servicing; car was NOT so clean; now stuck with a car getting only 33 mpg!

  • Kevin Posted: 1/9/2011 12:00pm PST

    AH crud! I don't know what to do! I have a limited budget and really don't want to finance because of interest payments and depreciation on new car purchases. So, this column and comments posted here give me the chills. I need a newer car and I drive them into the dirt, so the next one I buy is for the long-term. UGH!
    I know. I'm a cheap skate! ;-D

  • Al Posted: 5/29/2010 8:11pm PDT

    10 years ago I bought a Certified Pre Owned Lexus LS400 with the "Lexus CPO warranty" with all the touted (and bogus) "inspections".
    While car looked perfect, it had severe drivetrain vibrations over 60mph and neither Lexus nor the dealer were interested. I had second and third inspections and each suggested that the vehicle had been severely rear-ended and the prop-shaft and diff were not aligned properly. It was obvious that the vehicle had not been inspected as described by the Lexus CPO program. I was considering suing the dealer and Lexus for misrepresenting the condition of the vehicle, but I traded it for a new vehicle.
    The CPO warranties are worth nothing. I'd rather by a cheaper new car than a CPO used car, and will never buy a used car again unless I personally know its history.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 5/28/2010 10:29am PDT

    Thanks, Marianne, for the ad. To other readers, I should caution not to shop for any vehicle (including rental cars or certified pre-owned (CPO) by the number of inspection points. 'Inspect tire tread' might be one point to one company but four points to another. In general, the inspections that rental cars get aren't always on the same caliber as the model-specific ones (some of them preemptively replacing wearables) that you'd get with certified pre-owned used-car (CPO) programs.

  • fb_100000755821115 avatar Mego Posted: 5/24/2010 12:10pm PDT

    I just rented a car from Enterprise, and I was painstakingly careful to not ding or dent it. I think I treat rental cars better than my own!

  • Marianne Posted: 5/24/2010 6:55am PDT

    Hi everyone. I work at Enterprise Car Sales and wanted to confirm that we do indeed certify all of our vehicles before we sell them. Each vehicle must pass a 109-point inspection by an ASE-Certified technician. We also offer a free CARFAX Vehicle History report on each vehicle. And, to be sure you are completely satisfied, we offer a 7-Day Repurchase Agreement which means you can return the vehicle within 7 days or 1000 miles and either pick out another vehicle or we'll take the original vehicle back minus a $200 cleaning and documentation fee. If you're in the market for a used car, please consider shopping us. We have over 140 locations nationwide. http://www.enterprisecarsales.com.

  • Tonsure Posted: 5/23/2010 6:00am PDT

    Great and very useful article. Had no idea that some states have title flags, for instance. But I'd still just stay entirely away from any used rental car, 'cause I know how *I* drive them. Especially "in a hurry on unfamiliar roads" like you say. Hadn't thought about the Enterprise exception, though, that's worth chewing over. Thanks for posting this.

  • George Falcon Posted: 5/23/2010 2:01am PDT

    Interesting article with good points, but at the end of the day it is all a matter of demand and supply and these points should find their way into the buying price of these cars.

  • BruceMCar Posted: 5/21/2010 4:23pm PDT

    Isn't 'drive it like you rented it' synonymous with 'drive it like you stole it?' Although flogging a PT Cruiser is a bit desperate.

  • Allan Posted: 5/21/2010 3:46pm PDT

    How many of you have bumped against a curb or gone off-roading in a rental car? 'Nuff said!

  • autoviz Posted: 5/21/2010 3:32pm PDT

    I will keep away from used rental cars no matter what.

  • autoking Posted: 5/21/2010 3:27pm PDT

    this is hugely helpful. still think there are some good deals to be had out there with the rental car companies. but what was once a pretty clear no brainer is now a bit questionable. will be curious to see if the cycle-of-life repeats itself in 2-3 years as OEs ramp up production and start selling more and more with the fleet buyers - then the rental car providers may start to look good again.