Would you be hesitant to buy a used 2020 JL that was a rental car?

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Alright, you guys have convinced me. I'm taking this one off of my Autotrader favorites list.
I have purchase rental returns before without any issues. In fact, rental companies treat their vehicles better than some private owners.

I would not let anyone else tell me what to buy/not to buy.





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I just got back from a work trip in Florida where I rented a 2021 Mustang with only 1,000 miles on it and you could already tell the car has been treated like shit. Scratches all along the passenger door interior, the brakes were a tad squeaky, the leather on the driver's seat was already worn, the drive mode switch was loose, and there was a really deep and long scratch on the rear window.

I don't even know how you accomplish that.

One month, 1,000 miles on it, and it already feels really used.
Friends of ours, who moved away a few years ago, come to mind as it concerns your rental experience. They seemed to have no sense of self-awareness as it concerned the mere idea of mechanical sympathy. They just plowed through life.

To be clear, nothing was intentionally mistreated. Rather, it just suffered from a basic standard of care that you and I might consider instinctual.

They were a nice couple, truly, and the kids were really sweet. I'd be fibbing, though, if I said that I wasn't on edge a little when they visited our place.
 
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I always say buy a "keeper" new. The only Jeep I've ever owned with few issues is the one I bought new 23 years ago and maintained myself. All the used ones I've bought have had isdues. If you're trading often, and before they get too old, then used is not a problem.
I've been driving the same truck for 21 years. I'm not one to swap vehicles until a repair bill exceeds what the car is worth to me. Except for one Ford Ranger that was $500 dollaring me to death, I've treated every one that way so far.
 

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To be clear, nothing was intentionally mistreated. Rather, it just suffered from a basic standard of care that you and I might consider instinctual.
I'm not suggesting anyone intentionally damaged the car, but you're right. People tend to be completely oblivious of putting forth care for things that don't belong to them. And that's exactly why I'd never buy a rental vehicle.
 

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If smells and odors bother you, you figure that rental cloth interior has spent over a year getting soaked over and over in that air freshener spray that all the rental car agencies cleaning crews use.

Seems like it takes me a week to get that smell out of my nose every time I rent a vehicle for a few days. lol
 

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Seeing as I want a 2 door and am picky about color, options on lots -new or used- are slim. About 2 hours away from me a 2020 Sport (in the color I'd probably pick if available on 2021s) has sat on the lot for at least 6-8 weeks. It was previously a rental car for 13 months in Ohio. The rental part worries me a bit, and the fact it came from a place there is salt on the roads a lot of the year does as well. And it's not optioned well at all -3.5" B&W display, and auto trans, hard top, color, and 22s package are all that were added. Another downside is it's a drive even to see this one in person. Good grief, I've almost talked myself out of it typing this post! But it could probably be had out the door for around 30K, and that would leave me with some money for a slight lift, wheels, tires, steel bumpers, PRP seat covers and a soft top.
Exterior looks great:
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Interior not so nice for a year old vehicle, assuming this must be the best it would clean up.

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If it just had auxiliary switches I'd be able to do lots more myself without paying someone, but pickings are slim in 2 door JL Wranglers.
Adding AUX switches is easy and this kit fits like OEM

https://www.roughcountry.com/mlc6-m...95gzvFInjbNOhPmt7A2i-jbbPwLyBKgBoCf24QAvD_BwE
 

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Rental cars have many features:

Carry the largest load of any vehicle
Tow the largest load of any vehicle
More off road capable than any vehicle
Have greater acceleration than any vehicle
Uses the lowest quality fuel than any vehicle - no matter the engine.

What's not to like!
 

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Seeing as I want a 2 door and am picky about color, options on lots -new or used- are slim. About 2 hours away from me a 2020 Sport (in the color I'd probably pick if available on 2021s) has sat on the lot for at least 6-8 weeks. It was previously a rental car for 13 months in Ohio. The rental part worries me a bit, and the fact it came from a place there is salt on the roads a lot of the year does as well. And it's not optioned well at all -3.5" B&W display, and auto trans, hard top, color, and 22s package are all that were added. Another downside is it's a drive even to see this one in person. Good grief, I've almost talked myself out of it typing this post! But it could probably be had out the door for around 30K, and that would leave me with some money for a slight lift, wheels, tires, steel bumpers, PRP seat covers and a soft top.
Exterior looks great:
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Interior not so nice for a year old vehicle, assuming this must be the best it would clean up.

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If it just had auxiliary switches I'd be able to do lots more myself without paying someone, but pickings are slim in 2 door JL Wranglers. The appeal to buying used is in part that I hunt and fish on land that I'd cringe driving a shiny new one through the first time. And unless I build or go well over my budget, I'm dropping a bit after the purchase to make things the way I want them. This one seems like a nice blank canvas in that respect. On the flip side, she started her life in Ohio and was a rental. I treat rental cars great whenever I've rented one, but I know not everyone does. Figured this would be the place to get some educated opinions, so thanks in advance.
I’ll be trading in mine to Criswell. I’m sure a longer drive.
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^ That's a beauty.

All of this has contributed to me just unsubscribing from Autotrader, Carfax, Carvana, and True Car email updates and join Tread Lightly today. Barring something I can't refuse crossing my radar before then, I'm ordering a new Jeep. Just have to decide between a 2 door Wrangler or Gladiator. If I go Wrangler, I'll likely keep my current truck just for the occasions hauling is needed.
 

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^ That's a beauty.

All of this has contributed to me just unsubscribing from Autotrader, Carfax, Carvana, and True Car email updates and join Tread Lightly today. Barring something I can't refuse crossing my radar before then, I'm ordering a new Jeep. Just have to decide between a 2 door Wrangler or Gladiator. If I go Wrangler, I'll likely keep my current truck just for the occasions hauling is needed.
Thanks!!!

I waited many months to be able to order this same color in a JL!

Just waiting rather frickin impatiently for it to arrive at the dealer. 😁. Check out the Hydro Blue thread here!!
 

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Knowing how I’ve treated rental cars over the years, I would sure wouldn’t buy one
 

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It would need to be a really good deal to be worth consideration, and when I was shopping a year ago the prices from rental companies weren't very good.
 

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