Should I Buy a Rental Car?

Young man in a dealership trying to decide if he should buy a rental car.

Over the past few months, many readers have asked if it’s a good idea if they should buy a rental car. Before answering this question, let’s take a look at the rental car business as a whole.

The major car rental companies buy some two million cars each year. Those cars don’t just magically disappear after 18 to 24 months, they get sold, either at major auctions or directly to the public.  That means roughly one in five cars on the road is either a rental or an ex-rental. You could be sitting in one right now and not even know it!