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You are right, buying rental cars is not for the average used car consumer. But if you are a handyman and have a mechanic check it out, they can be a very good deal. I believe, like you, that lease cars are a good deal because of low miles and usually good maintenance.

I was taught by my father to do most maintenance on the cars. I have changed oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluid. I have replaced brakes, sparkplugs, wipers, batteries, rotors, hoses, and some gaskets. I have rotated the tires.

I will caution that because other used vehicles have only one owner doesn't make it a good vehicle to purchase. I know of people who only change their oil once a year, putting over 10,000 miles on the oil. I would rather have a worn out struts on a rental car than a worn out engine on a one owner car.

The used cars I normally stay away from are private vehicles unless I know the owner. In my mind, I alway ask myself why these people are getting rid of the car if it is such a good car. Many times it is because the car is developing problems and they want to unload it before it breaks.

By the way, you made a very Foolish purchase. Fool on!
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