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What’s The Newest Car You’ve Ever Rented?

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I’ve rented a lot of cars during my travels. Whether renting for business or pleasure, I always notice if my rental car is clean or dirty. I’ve had my fair share of both.

Once, I picked up a car that had a bananna peel in the passenger seat. Another time, I picked up a car that had someone’s old mocha latte in the cup holder.

But with my most recent rental, I didn’t have any of these problems. The Toyota Camry I picked up from Avis was brand new. Only 9 miles on the odometer.


It got me thinking about all of the cars I’ve rented. This was definitely the newest car I’ve ever picked up at an airport rental location.

What was the newest car you’ve ever rented and how many miles did it have?

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  • gomike March 27, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Alamo in Maui, a Impala with 7 miles

  • Ninmurai March 27, 2013, 2:17 pm

    I once had 7km!

  • DaninSTL March 27, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I’ve had a few with under 100 but never 9. Wow.

  • Marilynn S March 27, 2013, 2:26 pm

    9 miles in MCO.

  • FrequentBusinessFlyer March 27, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Corvette Convertible from Hertz in Maui with 7 miles on it. Awesome-ness.

  • Brad March 27, 2013, 2:27 pm

    4 miles at LAX from Hertz

  • Cristian March 27, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Lincoln MKX with 5 miles

  • PSL March 27, 2013, 2:39 pm

    A Ford Fusion with 4 miles that I got from Avis at the Burbank airport. The funny thing was that the agent initally swore he did not have the full-size car I reserved and that I would have to accept an “upgrade” to an SUV, which I vehemently refused because I did not want a gas-guzzler for my week driving around Southern California nor did I want to pay extra charges in parking garages. Only then did the Fusion magically appear!

  • The Miles Professor March 27, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Nice! I really like the new car smell too :)

  • Vince March 27, 2013, 2:51 pm

    @ National LAX
    2013 Genesis

    Miles/Kms out: 3.0
    Miles/Kms Driven: 944.0
    Miles/Kms In: 947.0


  • Tony March 27, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Two brand new cars, both in LAS.

    One was at Fox rent-a-car. The second was at Budget.

    I had zero status with both.

    Not sure how much timing matters, but both were rented in the early afternoon.

  • Conifer1 March 27, 2013, 2:53 pm

    A Toyota Corolla with 2 miles from Hertz @ BWI

  • Jayson March 27, 2013, 3:01 pm

    0 mile (twice) Nissan Altimas (two different rentals, but from same location) TPA.

    I pealed the plastic off the interior of both.

  • nelton March 27, 2013, 3:06 pm

    barcelona/ europe car/ mercede a 180/ 5km

  • Debra March 27, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Compared to Jayson I picked up a an old car with 5 miles on it at TPA today. Almost no plastic left on it. I need to complain.

  • Jim March 27, 2013, 3:32 pm

    10 miles. 2013 fusion at SAN Avis

  • Spencer F March 27, 2013, 3:45 pm

    6 miles in SLC

  • Joshua Pickles March 27, 2013, 4:03 pm

    An Avis Chrysler 300 2013 last weekend for free http://first2board.com/themrpickles/2013/03/25/shhhh-secret-code-reviled/

  • w4 March 27, 2013, 4:08 pm

    4 miles last week @ LAX!

  • Arthur H March 27, 2013, 4:54 pm

    The last 2 times I rented vehicles at BHM they were brand new without tags. Apparently, it’s not a problem to drive a rental car without a license plate in Alabama.


  • Gary March 27, 2013, 5:15 pm
  • Alex March 27, 2013, 5:17 pm

    6miles Tahoe @ TPA

  • Wendy March 27, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Years ago I had a rental of a Ford Tempo with 2 miles on it. The mileage was from loading and unloading the car from transport.

    Lately when I rent cars they seem to give me ones that need a oil change before I’m done using it. I’ve had that happen the last two times I rented a car for 3 weeks at a time. Hertz and Alamo have both did this to me.

    Note to the rental agencies.

    If a car goes out that is due for a oil change in the next 500 miles. Change the oil before it goes out on a 3 or 4 week rental.

  • Gizmosdad March 27, 2013, 7:12 pm

    National @ BUF

    I once thought I hit the jackpot with a car that had 10.4 miles on it, until I took the same trip the following week, and the car had 2.0 miles on it.
    I’ve never been in a car that new!

  • mark March 27, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Well, you are all welcome to the brand new ones. The outgasing of the plastic (new car smell) gives me a headache so I ask for a car with quite a few miles on it. Yes, I do get some funny looks from the employees.

  • NewNomads March 27, 2013, 7:15 pm

    4 miles…. Impala LTE with leather and all the toys at ATL.

  • Bill March 27, 2013, 7:21 pm

    26 miles in Tampa

  • Jay March 27, 2013, 7:57 pm

    2 miles on a jeep a few weeks ago at SDF

  • Rich C March 27, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Less than a mile.

  • Stephen March 27, 2013, 8:19 pm

    12 miles – at the MAN airport. Proceeded to put over 1800 miles on it over 2 weeks before we returned it.

  • flyer708 March 28, 2013, 5:57 am

    2013 BMW 335i. February 10km. SixT @ FRA

  • FLYGVA March 28, 2013, 6:56 am

    And Volvo XC60 with 8 km at DUS from SIXT, an Ford Mondeo Station Wagon with 12 km in Düsseldorf Main Station from Sixt as well. A Peugeot 407 a couple of years agon had 75 km but already a quite substantially damaged back door (also from SIXT – changed it due to the damage at a different station against an BMW 3series)

  • JP March 28, 2013, 8:44 am

    6.0 mile car from BWI

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