I should preface this by explaining that I’m pretty blunt, and I call things like I see them. You have a number of misconceptions about the automotive industry, dealerships in particular, and about normal social interaction over the internet.
..As I said before...I have only EVER let Nissan touch my car.
… Except when you haven’t, as you immediately admitted.
But seeing as SO MANY of you posted to scold me for buying from a rental company, completely ignoring my transmission questions,
No one scolded you. They told you that buying a car that was owned by a rental company is a crapshoot. It is.
It is perfectly okay to buy a car that was previously owned by a rental company.
Says who? Citation from an automotive expert needed.
I did NOT BUY THE CAR from the freakin rental company in Vegas itself!! Nissan did.
What difference does that make? It was still owned by a rental company and used by the rental company’s customers. It does not suddenly erase its ownership history just because you bought it from a middleman.
I highly doubt Nissan would have bought one of its cars back from a rental company if that company had treated it SO badly!
Then you need boning up on how dealerships work. They buy cars for small amounts of money and sell them for large amounts of money. I’ve seen cars with salvage titles being sold at new car dealerships, with the dealership trying to cover up their history. Dealerships are not automatically trustworthy just because a car company’s name is on the sign.
If Nissan thought they could make a profit off of the car, they’d buy it, no matter who the previous owner was.
… And they were right, btw. Because you bought it.
Oh, by the way, even non-commission dealerships have commission. They’re called spiffs:
They also have things like quotas, and bosses who are telling them to unload that damned Cube so they can get more inventory in. The dealership is there to make money, not to look out for you.
Who knows what that Regular Joe is willing to buy.
The same stuff the Nissan dealership is willing to buy, if either of them thinks it will make them money. Nissan dealerships are not corporate-owned. The used car lot at a dealership is still a used car lot, and the Nissan corporation doesn’t really give a rip what gets sold there, because they won’t see one penny of it.
I happen to agree with the guy that said rental companies keep their cars up better than a regular owner would.
So do I, because regular owners are notoriously bad at regular car care - yourself included, since you were good enough to admit that you detected a problem and then promptly ignored it for some months before you bothered to take it in and have it looked at. Parenthetically, you’re damned lucky they honored the warranty. I wouldn’t, if I knew that little tidbit.
Routine maintenance adherence aside, I’d rather buy a car that skipped a couple of oil changes than one that was joy-ridden in the desert jumping sand dunes. I’ve seen rental cars show up at public days at race tracks. I’ve seen them get hailed on while chasing tornadoes. I’ve seen rental family sedans bouncing down forest roads meant for 4x4’s. When people don’t own a vehicle, they often tend to not care how much damage they do to it. Especially since rental company damage waivers are cheap.
Where do you think those rental cars go anyway?? You think they just sit and rot after their 25,000 miles are up, because no one is willing to buy them?
No. People remarkably similar to you come along to buy them, and then post questions to automotive forums asking why they broke.
As for the social-interaction-over-the-internet bit, you’ve spent the better part of this thread angrily deriding people who have voluntarily given up their time, for free, to try and help you not only with this problem, but with the next time you buy a car. The only rude one in this thread is you.