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Old 02-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I worked in car rental for almost 8 years.* I worked in several offices in different parts of the country in various job titles.* At one point I was a*Fleet and Maintenance Manager.* I saw some fine things, and not so fine things (an Escalade had gone 28K before its first oil change-thats bad!).

Generally speaking smaller, more rural locations usually take better care of their cars than say, big locations like Boston.* I worked my last few years in the business in a smaller office where we were more organized, less busy (except in peak tourist season), and more apt to*maintain the vehicles.*

In general, airport locations cater to tourists and business rentals-yes, some beating of the cars occurs, although not as often as in town locations-not to single any one company out-but Enterprise-they specialize in insurance replacement rentals for when someone wrecks their own car.* Those renters are generally way harder on the vehicles from my experience.* Enterprise actually bought out the company I worked for (National/Alamo) and when we first started fleet sharing/integrating it was amazing just how beat up their cars were compared to ours.* Now they share fleet, but that does not matter.

As far as maintenance goes on a rental-the places change the oil and make sure the recalls are taken care of, and thats about it.* Unless an issue arises that needs to be fixed.* Is that any worse than the average person?* Guess you have to decide that for yourself.*

If it was me, based on my experience, I would buy a former rental car if it was the right one at the right price.*
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:20 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh-and a word on reminder lights in rentals.* Some places have some guy in house change the oil, some go to places like Jiffy Lube, some have a mobile oil change company come to their lot and change the oil. If I had a dollar for everytime someone changed the oil in a rental and did not reset the **** light I'd have quite a bit of money.* Just because that light is on does not mean the oil change has not been done.* And just because the light is off, does not mean the oil change has been done.** Now if I also had a dollar for everytime I used to have to explain that, I'd I have even more money!* It was actually one of the things I used to nitpick-bad impression for the customer, and who wants to look at that light the whole time they drive?*
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