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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Beautiful UK
Re: Buying a car that was previously a Lease Car?
It wouldn't worry me unduly.
I think that in years gone by the hire car companies used to pretty much trash their cars, let them deteriorate, keep them for 30,000+ very hard miles without servicing them and then flog them off after a quick tart up. Result was some right old dogs being purchased second hand and the (sensible) advice to avoid ex-hire cars like the plague.
In the last 5-10 years that's changed somewhat. Firstly most reputable hire car companies only run their hire cars for 10,000-20,000 miles before getting rid - and they also take reasonable care of them to ensure a good resale value (clean them, repair any damage and keep them topped up with oil). Secondly the increased speed cameras all up and down our A roads, B roads and Motorways mean that nowadays there are far less places for hirers to thrash the nadgers off the cars. Finally I think hire car users are much more picky than they used to be and therefore they will reject dirty, tatty and poorly maintained hire cars when hiring them hence the Avis/Hertz/Nationals taking much more care to ensure their cars are well looked after.
I recently hired a car for a weekend and put a little scratch in a door sill when I tried to squeeze through a too small gap. When I got back - despite arguing that it was barely noticeable - I lost my 100 quid excess on the hire and they whisked the car off to the body shop next door before I'd even finished the paperwork. Bad news for me, but reassuring for anyone who buys an ex hire car.....
If a car was low mileage for year, had been serviced and wasn't tatty - I wouldn't hesitate to get an ex hire car provided it was priced right (i.e. a bit off the normal price as undoubtedly one of the previous users had redlined it....) and was from a big hire car company.
To be honest - unless you know who's owned your car from new I reckon there's as many bad private owners as good ones and some who undoubtedly would have taken less car of the car than a hire company.
(I've just noticed you said ex "lease car" so I hope I've not wasted my typing on the wrong topic......)