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Things to know when buying an ex-rental fleet vehicle?

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I just found out about a rental company in L.A. that is apparently selling 3 or 4 used 2000/2001 ex-rental insights that have around 50,000mi, so I am going to be hunting these for a while. I also have a friend that works for Enterprise Rentacar in their Midwest Regional Corporate office, so I will be checking with him about possibly finding a used rental fleet insight through him.

Does anyone know any specific things to look for when buying an ex-rental fleet vehicle? Besides just saying it is generally a bad idea! My friend that works for Enterprise has bought 3 ex-rental fleet vehicles well below the market rate for those cars and he has not had a single problem with any of them! (albiet he gets the pick of the litter as he works for them!)

Any specific information would be greatly welcomed, I have purchased (or been involved in purchasing) several used cars and I know what generally to look for in a used car. But if anyone knows anything about ex-rental fleet vehicles that may be specific to that market, or if anyone has any general experiences buying ex-rental fleet vehicles they would like to share please feel free!
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My 2001 insight was an ex rental from the same (I assume) hybrid rental place. I bought it with 55,000 or so miles on it and it was problem free until I sold it at 66,000 miles. I made a good deal of money on the sale, too.
Keep in mind that the type of person that would rent an insight... from a 'hybrid only' rental company is probably a bit more responsible than a typical renter.

These are people that decided to, (and paid a premium for doing it) rent a hybrid. Many were probably potential buyers that wanted a taste, or eco-friendly business/pleasure travellers.

My rental was impecible inside and out.
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