Buying Enterprise Rental Cars Made Easy

by Don Elliott on July 14, 2011

Buying cars directly from car rental agencies has never been easier. Changes in their relationship with the auto manufacturers have motivated the car rental agencies to become more creative in the way they dispose of their cars.

Enterprise Car Sales is a division of Enterprise Holdings, the same parent company that owns Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise maintains one of the largest fleets of rental cars in the world. The company is very decentralized. Many operating decisions, including the sale of rental cars, are managed at the local level. Managers are given incentives to use all of their resources to provide the best return for the company.

Buying an Enterprise car starts at the company’s website, Thousands of used cars are available at 140 locations across the country. Enterprise will move a used car for a nominal fee, if the car you are looking for is not available locally.

Enterprise’s available inventory has most makes and models. The most common cars are 4 door sedans. There are also many SUVs, minivans, and full sized vans on the list. All of the used cars are one or two years old with mileage averaging close to 30,000. Enterprise touts their cars as “one owners.” In fact, Enterprise is the owner and is meticulous about auto repairs and maintenance. Generally, their used cars are well within the manufacturer’s new car warranty when put up for sale. Enterprise rents a large percentage of their cars as “loaners” to new car dealerships. They are on site for any automotive repairs, service work, oil changes, tire rotation, and recall notifications. Enterprise also has its own service shops for fast repairs. At some locations, the auto maintenance records are provided as part of the deal.

Features of the Enterprise Car Sales include:

  • No Haggle Pricing – Enterprise prices their cars at a discount to avoid negotiations. To pay less, they suggest you buy the same model with more miles.
  • Vehicle Certification – Enterprise Car Sales is the largest seller of certified pre-owned vehicles in the United States.
  • 7-Day Repurchase Agreement – If you change your mind within 7 days after you purchase an Enterprise car, you can return it. There is a charge of about $200, but otherwise it appears to be a legitimate offer.
  • Limited Powertrain Warranty – 12 months or 12,000 miles. Read the fine print, but this warranty is a sure bet on these newer cars
  • Roadside Assistance – This is a 12 month package underwritten by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and its affiliates in the United States and Canada
  • Trade-ins – Enterprise offers to pay Kelley Blue Book Trade-In Value. Be sure to include the deductions for the condition of your used car when you figure the amount. For example, if your used car has bald tires, is will be necessary to deduct some of the tires’ cost to determine the used car value for your car.

Be sure to check out the “Special Deals” tab on the website. In July 2011 at the Louisville, Kentucky Enterprise location, a 2010 Chevy Cobalt LS 4 door sedan with 31,673 miles was being offered for $12,999. The free CARFAX report provided by Enterprise shows the used car as a one-owner titled in the state of New York. The Louisville Chevrolet dealer completed warranty work on the car. As an added incentive during the month of July, the Louisville Enterprise is offering an extra $500 over Kelley Blue Book Trade-in value. 60 months financing at 6% with $1000 down is available on this car with payments of $232 per month. This can all be found on Enterprise’s website.

Buying a used car from a car rental service is not for everyone. If it is for you, then you might find a great used car value at Enterprise Car Sales.

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