Car Rental Companies Selling Cars: How to Get Budget Used Vehicles From Hertz, Enterprise, Avis and Others

Car rental companies in the U.S. have been impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, with most residents remaining at home and reducing their travels following lockdown orders in various states.

Among the largest car rental companies affected by the pandemic is Hertz, which last week filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Much of the company's revenue was reported to be from car rentals at airports, where passenger traffic has plummeted following the outbreak, according to the latest report from the Transport Security Administration.

Many car manufacturers have also seen sales take a plunge following the outbreak. Volkswagen and Toyota saw their U.S. sales drop in March by 42 percent and 35.3 percent, respectively. GM and Fiat Chrysler also saw U.S. sales fall in March by around 10 percent, Agence-France-Presse reports.

Several struggling car rental companies are offering reduced prices and other deals to sell their unrented vehicles. Now could be a good time to bag a bargain used car deal.


Hertz is offering a selection of used cars, with price categories ranging from under $7,000 to under $20,000. Car brands offered include Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota, among others, with models from 2016 to 2020.

"We offer free, no obligation home test drives and vehicle delivery within 75 miles of your local dealership," the company notes.

The company also offers a Rent2Buy option, which allows customers to rent a vehicle for up to three days at a special rate or take it for a two-hour complimentary test drive. If you decide to purchase the car, the rental charges will be waived. In most states, you can buy the car from home.

"Please also know that we continue to maintain our high standards for safety and cleanliness. In addition to practicing preventative measures to reduce the spread of germs within our facilities, all of our vehicles go through a rigorous, multi-step cleaning process after each test drive," the company states.

"We remain vigilant in upholding these practices and will take additional precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local governments," it adds.


Avis is offering car purchases with no down payment and no payment for 45 days in a selection of states.

"To take advantage of the no money down, you must be approved by one of our lending partners with approved credit. To qualify for the 45-day payment deferral, you must be approved by Ally bank and meet all criteria. All with approved credit," the company states on its website.

"No payment for 45 days is available in the following states only: California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington. Offer good through 6/30/2020. Qualified buyers must be approved, sign all documents related to the sale and take delivery of their vehicle no later than 6/30/2020," the company notes. Other terms and conditions apply. See the company website for full details.

In view of the ongoing outbreak, Avis also notes: "We enhanced the techniques used to clean our vehicles after each rental. In particular, we are paying special attention to interior customer touch points such as seats, steering wheels, door handles and other hard surfaces. We are also cleaning our facilities frequently with recommended sanitizing products.

The company is also "extending your Preferred Plus and above [membership] status for another year through January 15, 2022, regardless of your 2020 rental activity," Avis confirms on its website.


Enterprise is offering used cars with payment plans starting from under $300 a month, based on a vehicle price of $21,000, down payment of $4,200, and $16,800 financed for a 72-month term at 8.35 percent APR (Annual Percentage Rate). Other terms and conditions apply. See the company website for full details.

"Our team members are following best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities during this coronavirus outbreak. We're implementing additional measures during COVID-19 to clean and disinfect our dealerships and vehicles in alignment with guidance from health authorities," the company notes.

"In most areas, you can still test drive a car during the coronavirus outbreak. At this time, a team member will not accompany you on the test drive in order with the CDC and other health authorities' recommendations during this coronavirus outbreak," it adds.


Sixt is offering special offers on a selection of cars from 2019 priced from $23,900. Car brands offered include Toyota, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep and Ford.

"Our global Sixt network remains generally operating. There might be certain restrictions in highly affected coronavirus areas. If certain branches need to temporarily close due to the current situation, we will proactively contact our customers and find a solution together," the company notes.

"We have distributed hygiene materials and introduced intensive cleaning processes to minimize virus transmission in our branches. Additionally, we are following the recommendations of the WHO to reduce the risk of transmission during the coronavirus outbreak by updating our operations," the company adds.

Some precautionary measures in place include building plexiglass counter screens in all branches and having all agents in contact with customers wear face masks, if required by the local authorities.

Dollar Rent A Car

Dollar Car Sales, the Seattle outlet of Dollar Rent A Car, is offering a "special discount" to all front line workers fighting the outbreak. See the company website for more details.

The company is also offering "Web Specials," with deals including a 2019 Toyota C-HR for $18,888 and a 2018 Toyota Camry for $16,488.

A selection of other used cars, priced from $7,000 to $21,000 and above, are also for sale.

Hertz, San Francisco, California, August 2017
A sign is posted in front of a Hertz car sales and rental car office on August 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Getty Images