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      So Iím eyeing a used 2019 S60 R-Design T6. The Carfax is clean but says it was a rental. Hereís the kicker, it has less than 800 miles. It was bought as a rental, driven for 700 miles over 7 months, then sold at auction. What should I be wary of? Iím not in need of a new (used) car, but Iím intrigued.

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      Should be wary of the fact it was a rental and probably raced to hell in those 700 miles.

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      What kind of wear and tear would you look for that could be future big issues? The price seems good for all the options.

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      I'd says suspension, wheels, entire underbody. For me personally I would treat it as if it was a totaled car.

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      I think that some of the rental car companies are in a tough spot right now. Hertz has file for bankruptcy and others are hurting due to the downturn in travel. Likely a lot of rentals are going to be hitting the market. How good a deal they are I don't know. The bigger companies tend to take good care of their cars but I think they also handle their own sales so I'm not sure about one going through auction.
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      I have friends who still believe that a fleet car is "properly maintained" because it gets the factory recommended maintenance. How the car is driven is also part of the maintenance, arguably even equally important.

      I agree with another comment: the tires/wheels, suspension, and entire under body. Specifically, I'd check the tread depth and any uneven wear patterns. I'd also check the wheels along the bead seal for any scuffs/scrapes that could indicate hitting or jumping curbs.

      If the steering wheel is straight when driving freeway speeds, and there's no significant pulling or leading, that's a good start. Also, if the brakes pulsate (I'd be surprised if they did at 700 miles), that would be a red flag for me.
      I'm glad you checked the Carfax. That isn't perfect, but it's something. At minimum it ruled out any wrecks, and hopefully ensured the recalls has been taken care of too (software update and rear suspension issue, if they apply).
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      If the price is lower then all other cars then take a look.

      Not only will the car have potential more ď Abusedď but more importantly to me the resell value will always be lower then a car without that on its report so with that a purchase price needs to be considerably low.
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      Appreciate all the feedback.

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      Jeez y'all make it sound like rental cars are only hired to run demolition derbies. Sure there can be a lack of respect, I've done my share ha. But as someone who used to have status with United travelling the world working, most of the time I just wanted to get where I was going and catch some shut eye. I probably drive my S60 harder than any rental has been driven and it's working great. And we are talking less than 800 miles!

      Usual stuff applies, check for any evidence of repaired damage as you would any car. Being a former rental you do have to consider what the next buyer may think as far as resale. I think with less than 800 miles, if you own it a long time, that will fade when you sell it on if you keep it for a number of years.

      I wouldn't be afraid, if there is a discount for taking a little bit of risk there that something bad has happened in a very short time.

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      If the price is right, check it out. With 800 miles, any abuse is most likely slight. But do your homework and compare the vehicle against others of similar specs. If this car checks out, take a look. If worried, can always take vehicle to your favorite mechanic for a presale inspection if dealer doesn't mind.

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      With abnormally low miles on a former rental car I'd have it checked out to make sure it wasn't in an accident and sat around waiting for parts. The carfax may be clean but it misses a lot of things.
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      I guess if Iím serious Iíll need a mechanic to inspect closely.
      Itís tough, seems like a great price with the options I want, but my current car is running well ó just getting old (2008 G35x).

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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      I guess if Iím serious Iíll need a mechanic to inspect closely.
      Itís tough, seems like a great price with the options I want, but my current car is running well ó just getting old (2008 G35x).
      Well you still got factory warranty if something, if the price is good (very good considering) then just go to any Volvo dealership preferably but any would do and just ask for inspection. Then just buy it.
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      Is this a used car or a CPO? I purchased a CPO that was listed as rental. I'm told some rental can be fleet/company cars, as well.

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      Itís not listed as a CPO, probably because itís not at a Volvo dealership; might explain the price too as some of the options in the photos arenít listed correctly in the description.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ultrakg11 View Post
      I have friends who still believe that a fleet car is "properly maintained" because it gets the factory recommended maintenance. How the car is driven is also part of the maintenance, arguably even equally important.

      I agree with another comment: the tires/wheels, suspension, and entire under body. Specifically, I'd check the tread depth and any uneven wear patterns. I'd also check the wheels along the bead seal for any scuffs/scrapes that could indicate hitting or jumping curbs.

      If the steering wheel is straight when driving freeway speeds, and there's no significant pulling or leading, that's a good start. Also, if the brakes pulsate (I'd be surprised if they did at 700 miles), that would be a red flag for me.
      I'm glad you checked the Carfax. That isn't perfect, but it's something. At minimum it ruled out any wrecks, and hopefully ensured the recalls has been taken care of too (software update and rear suspension issue, if they apply).
      I can't tell you how many times I have driven a rental car with 24k with a sticker that says "Next maintenance at 17k".

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      Quote Originally Posted by pony_trekker View Post
      I can't tell you how many times I have driven a rental car with 24k with a sticker that says "Next maintenance at 17k".
      Lol Same 😂😂 but thatís Hertz hopefully others are better
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      Price point and options?

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      Looks like it sold already (no longer listed).
      It was a 2019 S60 R-Design, P*, 19Ē rims, HUD, advanced package, <800 miles, white metallic color, B&W audio, for $36,000.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      Looks like it sold already (no longer listed).
      It was a 2019 S60 R-Design, P*, 19Ē rims, HUD, advanced package, <800 miles, white metallic color, B&W audio, for $36,000.
      They P8'd a rental? Geez...
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      I'd like to find a rental place with P*'d S60s. I usually wind up in some terrible camry
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      I really haven't seen rental cars come back with more issues than any other used car I sell.. I prefer off lease, but you're not going to find that with 1 year old generally.

      The miles could make sense with the virus... so normally that'd be a bigger red flag than right now.

      Here would be my question. Why is it not at a Volvo dealer? Most rental cars go back through Volvos auctions. Volvo dealers get two passes of auctions to purchase the car before they go off to general auctions. So what was on the condition report that caused Volvo dealers to not scoop it up? That's my only pause at all actually. It's possible that if it was a bankrupt company it went through different than normal channels I suppose. It's possible some rental companies don't go through the normal Volvo rental process. So it might not be anything bad, but it's the only "red flag" I see that would cause me to look close. That and I always recommend buying CPO cars. If it's well below the market value that means other people have walked away from it at market value as well. Could just be timing, or could be something isn't quite right.
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      The P* wasnít in the listing, nor the 19Ē rims and B&W, but the photos of the vehicle clearly showed the P* badge, the rims, and the speakers. Odd. Maybe the new owner will show up here.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      The P* wasnít in the listing, nor the 19Ē rims and B&W, but the photos of the vehicle clearly showed the P* badge, the rims, and the speakers. Odd. Maybe the new owner will show up here.
      Rental car companies are hurting for cash. Ask the dealer if he'd let you take the car for inspection. Take it over to Volvo and pay for a thorough once over. If it checks out, the buy it and add an extended warranty. If not, you're out a few hundred bucks instead of thousands.

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      Itís no longer listed, someone mustíve purchased it this week?

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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      Itís no longer listed, someone mustíve purchased it this week?
      That solves that one I guess...

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      Itís no longer listed, someone mustíve purchased it this week?
      Bummer - it would have been worth checking out. Rental may not necessarily have meant rental by one of the big companies, then again it could have been a Hertz Premium and they did go under so they could be dumping good inventory. They certainly cleared out their Z06 and other sports and premium cars at a huge discount. The upside of a rental (especially by the large agencies) is they get their regular maintenance and they are the fastest cars in the world! Although that could be a downside after you purchase one :
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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      So Iím eyeing a used 2019 S60 R-Design T6. The Carfax is clean but says it was a rental. Hereís the kicker, it has less than 800 miles. It was bought as a rental, driven for 700 miles over 7 months, then sold at auction. What should I be wary of? Iím not in need of a new (used) car, but Iím intrigued.
      I've driven lots of rental cars and I'd say what you really need to look out for is where exactly they were rented out of (if such a thing is even knowable). If the car was rented out of the middle of a big city it probably didn't get a lot of rough service, or if it did it will be obvious. If it was rented out in Barrow Alaska it's probably better just to tow it to a junkyard, it might look fine but guaranteed the AWD system will fail in less than 12 months and then engine will go not long after that).

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      Quote Originally Posted by dav View Post
      Looks like it sold already (no longer listed).
      It was a 2019 S60 R-Design, P*, 19Ē rims, HUD, advanced package, <800 miles, white metallic color, B&W audio, for $36,000.
      I'm curious if that is that good a price...... I keep getting tempted by this: https://www.rileyvolvocarsstamford.c...4cd60af856.htm
      New 2019 S90 with Polestar from a Volvo dealer for $39,551.......
      but my 2014 is running like a champ and I don't want to give up the turbo 6

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      Caveat Emptor.....

      Where is the car coming from? What events could have occurred in that region to -drastically- reduce the value of a car. Typically, floods, hailstorms, etc.
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