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Unread 05-17-2015, 03:44 PM   #1
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Old rental car?

So I need a Jeep. Well maybe I don't need a Jeep, but I'm in Hawaii, and it seems like a very good idea. There's an old rental car (and I mean old, it's currently with a second or third tier company), at what seems like a reasonable price. I'll have it checked out by a mechanic, of course, but is this a bad idea? I have very little mechanical ability of my own. Will a 10 year old Wrangler end up costing a me whole lot of money in repair bills? This will mostly be an around town/beach car.

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Unread 05-17-2015, 04:18 PM   #2
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I've never purchased an old rental car, but I've rented a few cars and i wouldn't want to own the car that I rented. Where I'm from, people don't say "drive it like you stole it." They say "Drive it like you rented it." which isn't quite as cool, but a little more accurate.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 05:33 PM   #3
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I'd say go for it. Probably gets less abuse as a rental than it would offroading. It's a jeep so there will be repairs no matter what. A wrangler is probably the best vehicle for handling the abuse placed on it during its rental life!
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Unread 05-17-2015, 05:40 PM   #4
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It's definitely worth looking into. Yes, the people who rented it probably didn't treat it like it was their own but more than likely it would have received regular maintenance and wasn't abused off-road.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 07:24 PM   #5
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It all depends on how good of shape it's in. I wound never, ever, buy any rental car that I drove. I drive fairly spirited. In a rental, the spirit is alive during the entire rental period. Also, keep in mind, you can go off road in a rental wrangler in Hawaii. Ask me how I know.
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Unread 05-18-2015, 07:40 PM   #6
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It's definitely worth looking into. Yes, the people who rented it probably didn't treat it like it was their own but more than likely it would have received regular maintenance and wasn't abused off-road.


Regular maintenance? You mean the bi-annual 50k mile oil change?

It is a Jeep, so it can take whatever was thrown at it but if you are going into this with the impression that it was well cared for and not abused you are sadly mistaken.

I have seen how some people treat their own Jeeps and would buy a rental before those certain Jeeps but well cared for and rental never go hand in hand.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 06:42 AM   #7
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Regular maintenance? You mean the bi-annual 50k mile oil change? It is a Jeep, so it can take whatever was thrown at it but if you are going into this with the impression that it was well cared for and not abused you are sadly mistaken. I have seen how some people treat their own Jeeps and would buy a rental before those certain Jeeps but well cared for and rental never go hand in hand.
Well I never said well cared for but my guess is that it would have had to have had regular maintenance if for no other reason than lawsuit protection. Most rental companies will at least show some sort of regular maintenance checks in case there is an accident that injures the passengers.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 09:31 AM   #8
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I rented a JKU in Hawaii about a year ago. Now I was nice to mine but I saw several others that were not treated so nice.

With that said.
yes mechanic inspection is a good thing.
Put it on a rack and check the frame. being an island car you dont want it rusted out.
Check it over really good.
If you like the price and it checks out then go for it.

But you will learn a Jeep is something you have to work on. You might want to get some tools and work on those skills. Or take a local class at a HS or something.

If it is a 2nd car then if it has down time it wont be a big issue for you.
Also you did not mention what year or model Jeep it is.
If its a JKU the older 3.8 was not that good. I don't know my self just going by what other people said. I have 3.6 in my JKU and I waited for that to come out.

Give us more details on the Jeep and I am sure others will chime in on the specifics of that year.

Good luck.

PS what island? I loved it over there.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 10:08 AM   #9
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I would never buy a rental. EVER.

However FWIW, I was told some of the rental Jeeps in Hawaii are 2wd to keep people from taking the rentals too far off-road...
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Unread 05-19-2015, 10:11 AM   #10
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I suppose it kinda depends on what this used rental car is and how much they want for it.
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Unread 05-22-2015, 12:07 PM   #11
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When I rented my Jeep in HI; the rules outlawed off road use. Regardless, in a location really far from anyone I knew, getting stuck wasn't something I wanted to do.
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Unread 05-22-2015, 12:15 PM   #12
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Unread 05-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #13
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So I need a Jeep. Well maybe I don't need a Jeep, but I'm in Hawaii, and it seems like a very good idea. There's an old rental car (and I mean old, it's currently with a second or third tier company), at what seems like a reasonable price. I'll have it checked out by a mechanic, of course, but is this a bad idea? I have very little mechanical ability of my own. Will a 10 year old Wrangler end up costing a me whole lot of money in repair bills? This will mostly be an around town/beach car.

Cheers!
I'll tell you a story about an experience with a rental car when I was a wee young lad in high school. My dad brought me out to Colorado to see the mountains for a spring break trip. We literally drove about 2000 miles in a week, in a FWD Pontiac Grand Prix rental car. At some point in a big parking lot I asked my dad if he had ever pulled the E-brake on a car going 25mph, or if he had ever put a car in Park while going 25mph. He said no, but we did test each in that parking lot. We also found out the computer wouldn't let you put the transmission in 1st gear when going 75mph, presumably because it would blow the redline. We also got it stuck in about 2 ft of snow on a 4wd trail, and bent a bunch of stuff under the vehicle trying to get it pulled out. After that, we had so much snow/ice packed into the fenderwells, we had to go to a pay-n-spray to get the clean out the fenders to get turning radius back.

Now, that was fraction of the abuse that car received in it's probable 30-40k miles of service to the rental company. Would you buy that car?
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