How Do Rental Car Companies Retire Old Cars? – Slate Magazine
First, if the rental car is in terrific shape—not too many miles, zero or little damage—then the rental car company might opt to put it up for sale directly to consumers. Enterprise sells the top 2 percent of its vehicles online, “haggle-free.” Hertz and Avis also offload some cars this way. You might call this pathway the ideal option for both old rental cars and prospective buyers. The car gets a permanent owner and, with any luck, a fresh life. The buyer benefits from purchasing a vehicle from a fleet that’s been held to strict maintenance standards. Ironically, rental car companies have nonetheless struggled to overcome a common consumer perception that their resale vehicles are less well-cared for than other used cars on the market.