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    • mutley74
    • By mutley74 9th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    Used car scandal??
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
    Used car scandal?? 9th Jan 18 at 8:24 PM
    Is this a scam or genuine?

    My 2nd hand car was a ex-rental (which dealer did not tell me) so a little bit of interest here. But some people say ex-rental cars are better than private, as they get more frequent attention/checks (no idea how correct this is).
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    • waamo
    • By waamo 9th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
    This was discussed a couple of days ago
    This space for hire.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 10th Jan 18, 2:52 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 2:52 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 2:52 PM
    Mine is ex-rental. Bought at 2 years old with 38k on the clock. Had full service history, didn't have any issues with it, looked fine and as I'd expect a 2 year old car to look. Ultimately I ended up getting a 2 year old car with a years warranty left for 1/3 of its new price. 5 years and 89,000 miles later its just gone through an MOT today with no advisories and other than servicing it has had barely 300 of repairs in that 89,000 miles.
    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 10th Jan 18, 3:40 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 3:40 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 3:40 PM
    I think the rental cars must be bad is a bit of myth these days.

    What is going to damage a hire car? Extended periods of hard driving - where in the UK is a hire car going to get thrashed day in and day out? Careless driving - unlikely as the hirer has money to lose if they do damage. Poor driving technique - swings and roundabouts, a second hand car with one careful owner is potentially a careful owner who doesn't know clutch control - a hire car is unlikely to be a tow car and will not have extended use with a poor driver, anyone may take speed ramps hard but they aren't going to like doing it.

    In terms of driving, there are still the rules of the road, so just because people are in a hire car, they aren't going to start driving like a 14 year old. Yes, they might just be inclined to see what it might do at some point, but with rev limiting you are going to struggle to break a car.

    The rest, you can tell for yourself, it's either done mileage or it hasn't. It will have mechanical damage if abused which can be inspected. Generally though, if it looks right, there is not going to be anything magical about being a hire car that will make it suddenly fall to bits.

    Now, a second hand car with a London previous owner, that I would avoid - how is that not going to have a hard life?
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