#buy used car
Car rental agencies frequently move their cars off their lots and replace them with new vehicles. As a result, they have to sell those used cars, which often have high mileage even though they are relatively new. According to AOL Autos, consumers can save as much as a third off the price of a new car by buying one of these vehicles.
Narrow your choices down by identifying specific needs or wants you have: Does the age of the car matter? Do you want great gas mileage of a bigger car that can hold a family? Is this your time for buying a sports car or a hybrid? Some car rental agencies offer only cars that are 1 or 2 years old, while others have cars that have been around for as long as six years. They do not specialize in specific types or makes of cars, so you might find the same cars at several agencies.
View the online inventories of the car rental agencies to see if you can find a car you want. For example, you can check Budget Car Rental at BudgetCarSales.com, Thrifty at ThriftyCarSales.com, Hertz at HertzCarSales.com and Enterprise at EnterpriseCarSales.com.
Go to the location that has the used car you have in mind so that you can inspect it and take it for a test drive. According to Edmunds.com, used cars from rental agencies have typically been maintained very well, but you might still want to have a local mechanic inspect the vehicle. Check the value of the car on the Kelley Blue Book website (see Resources) to see how the price compares. Enter in the details of the car you are looking at under the Trade-In Used Car Values section to get an approximate value of the car.
Arrange financing if you do not have cash to buy the used car. Car rental agencies have in-house financing or you can get your own auto loan through a bank.