What Happens When a Rental Car is Retired?
Rental cars are the workhorses of the business traveler. They're often not terribly fun or flashy and are the kinds of cars no one really wants to drive. Sure, you can rent some snazzy wheels if you have the cash, but most of the time they're the bland of the bland. What happens to all those rentals when they're deemed no longer fit for service? Chances are you've driven a rental or two that seemed past its prime. There were one too many scratches and dents and it was simply starting to look well worn. The rental car companies will pull that car from the fleet where it may see new life or it may reach the end of the line. RELATED: Cameras in Hertz Rentals are Making Customers Paranoid
Cars that are in good condition, without damage or high mileage, are sometimes sold to consumers. Despite the perception that rental cars get thrashed by those who drive them, their maintenance records are stellar, which can make them a good buy. They're also sometimes sold back to manufacturers where they'll end up being sold at dealer auctions. So, in more ways than one, it could end up in a consumer's driveway.
Those in lesser condition might be sold by the rental companies at auction where people aren't looking for nearly new condition. Failing that option, cars that are in really bad shape are sold for parts. According to Slate, there aren't many that follow this route, as rental companies are in the business of keeping their cars in good condition, but there are a few that end of too worn and battered to drive.
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