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Preparing for the trade in

Live Oak, TX, United States
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This story will be the last in my series about the experience I had purchasing a rental car. All of us who have rented cars for vacation have undoubtedly had mixed opinions about various vehicles that we have rented. By renting vehicles for our trips, we often get some ideas for which vehicles we would like to own on a permanent basis and which ones we would rather not have to drive again.

I am going to conclude this series by explaining what I learned about trading in my car at a rental dealership.

On my way to trade in my old car, I decided to drive it through a carwash. I did not want to spend an exorbitant amount of money detailing the car but I decided I should at least make the car look presentable. This turned out to be a good decision. The rental car company offered me about as much as I figured I would get based on the Kelley Blue Book value of my old vehicle. Apparently, my car was judged based on the fact that it was running and that it was in good condition and have been well taken care of. The salesman told me that he was very impressed by how clean my car appeared both inside and out.

My car was due for an oil change when I traded it in but this did not seem to affect the value of my trade in. Of course, your mileage may vary as they say. A car dealership, or a rental agency, can change the oil and top off the fluids very cheaply. Likewise, I don't think that the rental agency cares what brand of tires you have as long as they are in reasonably good shape.

Lesson learned: when trading in your car for a former rental, make sure that your car is clean and safe. Beyond that, you are probably just wasting your money on a last-minute oil or tire change.

I hope that all of you have enjoyed reading about my trip that I took to Live Oak, Texas (a suburb of San Antonio) to purchase a rental car. If you rent a car for your next vacation, and you decide you want to purchase one just like it from the rental car agency, I hope that you will find my information to be useful. I learned a lot about the process of buying a rental car on my trip to San Antonio, and I hope that the information that I learned will help you if you are ever in the same situation.
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