Knuckle - I can't speak for other rental companies but at Enterprise cheap cars (EX Chrysler 200's, Kia Rio's) mostly went out to insurance customers who had low rental car coverage and happily beat the crap out of them. <sidebar: make sure your insurance covers at least $30/day for rental cars>. Mechanical damage is actually pretty rare, everything is under warranty, and nothing is in the fleet for more than 12 months. However, body and interior damage is common and goes to the cheapest body shops the company can contract (<$45/hour isn't uncommon). The body repairs are executed as cheaply as possible knowing the cars won't be in fleet for long. There's a lot of substandard body and interior work out there. In general, beware of Economy cars and Vans of all sorts. The car rental is a business that works very differently than most people realize from the outside. At its core, car rental is about buying new cars at extreme discounts, then using rental fees (mostly from insurance/dealership replacement) to offset depreciation until the cars are sold used. A lot of the time, the money made on used car sales (flip) was more than operating profit. There are large teams of people whose job is to forecast vehicle depreciation vs vehicle age vs mileage vs rental income. Major car rental companies need to keep 90%+ of their fleet on rent, all of the time to be profitable. This year sees major decreases in general miles driven, which means fewer accidents, which means fewer insurance rentals. Combine this with lower travel, and it's a bloodbath. For the major rental companies, it's better to sell off vehicles early in their lifecycle than to let them sit and depreciate when not being rented. The same thing happened in 2008/9 So yeah, there are some outstanding deals to be had on used rentals right now and a lot of the rules of buying cheap vehicles don't apply. If you find something with over 20K miles on the odometer, see previous statements on Economy cars and Vans.