Ford FocusBy reading this blog you are probably well aware that we rent cars. But did you know that we sell them too? With depreciation hitting hardest as soon as the car leaves the forecourt, buying an ex-rental can get you a nearly new car at great value. Buy the car direct from Avis and you could save over £1,000 versus going to a dealership (plus I’ve been told to say that they all come with metallic paint which adds value in itself!).

It’s also a common misconception that life as a rental car will have taken its toll on the vehicle you maybe looking to buy. It is a misconception. All of our ex-rentals are fully inspected to Avis’ high standards, they are no older than six months and will have done less than 13,000 miles. They will also come with what is left of the manufacturer’s warranty (which usually leaves about 2 years) for that extra peace of mind.

The list of cars we currently have available for sale includes the Ford Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo; the Honda Civic; the Citroën C4 and C4 Picasso and the Mazda 3 and 5.

Now, we try not to use the blog as a sales tool (and I know this does sound a little like a sales pitch) but I wanted to highlight this as I strongly believe that buying ex-rental car represents tremendous value for anyone looking to purchase a car. But that is my opinion and I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this. Would you consider buying one? If not, then is there any particular reason why you wouldn’t? And if you are interested in finding out more about buying an ex-rental then please click here for more information.

***UPDATE*** PLEASE NOTE: Avis currently does not have any ex-rental cars available to sell. This notice will be removed when cars become available again.

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32 Responses to “Ex-rentals for sale”

  1. Robert Says:

    I didn’t know Avis had the Mazda 3 (both 1.6 and 2.0 I see…) or the Mazda 5 on your fleet!

  2. OVL Vehicle leasing Says:

    Great blog looking forward to reading more in the near future!

  3. David Merry Says:

    Would be interested in any ex Rental sales of Mercedes S Class or Jaguar XJ Sovereigns

    Dissapointed at being overcharged on my last Holiday Rental at Innsbruck Airport!

    Avis Preferred customer too.

  4. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi David, sorry to hear about your last rental at Innsbruck Airport. If you are able to email me your rental agreement number to I can get someone from the Customer Support team to take a look into this for you.

    With regards to your request on ex-rentals, unfortunately we do not have the S Class or XJ on our standard fleet (although it would be nice if we did!).
    I’ve checked with Avis Prestige and, while they do have the S Class, the arrangement is different and this is not a car that will be available to buy from us at the end of it’s rental life.


  5. Craig murphy Says:

    Hi There, I clicked on the link for ex rentals for sale but I guess it isn’t open any more.
    Any Info on how or where I can find out what cars are available.
    Look forward to the advice.

  6. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Craig, sorry about that. We had to take the page down for a day as there were some technical issues with it! It is back up and running now and a list of available cars is posted on this page. If you have a specific enquiry about buying an ex-rental car from Avis then you can contact the team at either or on this number: 0208 268 5425.


  7. terence boothby Says:

    my Sharan was missing a 2nd key also the rear luggage shelf was missing i bought this vehicle 1 month ago.can you help.T boothby. reg-AD07 WFR

  8. terence boothby Says:

    my previous note never said that the cost of replacing the missing items is between£260=£ you canappreciate why i would like to have them.the key is no use to anyone at all-but me.T boothby

  9. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Terence, I’ve forwarded your query on to my colleague who deals with the sale of ex-rental cars. She will be in touch to help you with this.


  10. roy Says:

    hi i am wondering how to go about buying ex rental cars from you regards roy

  11. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Roy, at the moment we currently have put the sale of ex-rental cars on hold. However, we are planning to re-launch this programme over the next month or so, so watch this space!


  12. Omar Says:

    Hi there, I am interested in the purchase of ex hire vehicles. Could you please send me some further information?



  13. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Omar, unfortunately, we do currently have an ex-hire cars available to sell, although we are planning to do so again in the future. I’ve updated the blog post above to make this clear. I will update this again as soon as cars become available again!


  14. Nigel Marsh Says:

    Please could you let me have a contact phone number, I have a question about a car I purchased that belonged to Avis. many thanks Nigel

  15. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Nigel, you can call the team on 0844 544 5305.


  16. Chris Turner MBE Says:

    Hi, I am a founder member of AVIS, (although I can’t find my paperwork,it’s been that long)can you tell me what advantages this gives me when hiring a car from you?? Hired in the past and told dealer I was a member and basicaly got a ‘so what’. Any info gratefully received.

  17. Vicki Wilson - Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am afraid I do not know the full details, but I do know that you should get some form of discount off your rentals with your Avis founder member number.

    I will look into this further and get back to you with the full details.


  18. Jeff Hallam Says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am interested in buying a used hire car(mondeo 2.0 diesel zetec spec or above)and I would appreciate any information from you concerning the availability of such cars.

    Many thanks,
    Jeff Hallam.

  19. Vicki Wilson - Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I have passed your query on to our fleet team and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

    If you have any other questions please let me know.


  20. roy Says:

    you will be lucky mr hallam they told me a month or so before being available again that was almost a year ago this appears to be a waste of time posting here unless avis has anything to tell me ????

  21. Vicki Wilson - Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Roy,

    I am sorry to hear of your frustrations with Avis.
    If you email me at with your details and the details of the car that you are looking to buy I will pass these on to our fleet team and hopefully they will be able to help you.


  22. Jeff Hallam Says:


    I have received an e-mail from Chris Lamb of Avis UK regarding its policy of selling their hire cars to the general public.AVIS UK DO NOT SELL THEIR CARS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.To stop any further confusion,I think it is best if Avis now remove any reference to this found on this page. Many Thanks Jeff Hallam.

  23. Chris Turner MBE Says:

    Just like Roy, I have asked to be informed when cars come up for sale, and this is going back almost 2 years, still waiting. I also asked about Founder member priviliges back in November – glad I didn’t hold my breath otherwise I would have been a record holder – or dead.

  24. Vicki Wilson - Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Jeff, Roy and Chris,

    I am sorry for any frustration or inconvenience that has been caused.

    As you know we are currently not selling individual cars to our customer and we do not plan to do so again any time soon. If this changes please be sure to know we will update our customers via this blog.


  25. Samual Warn Says:

    great post, thanks for sharing with us.

  26. Rob Says:

    any idea if AVIS is going to sell their used cars to general public in near future?
    thanks you

  27. Sabrina, Marketing Says:

    Hi Rob- I’m afraid not. This isn’t something we’re currently able to offer.

    If this changes we will do a new blog post so watch this space.


  28. jon sanders Says:

    Looking to purchase an MPV from Avis. Please advise on how I can go about doing this.

  29. Claire Says:

    Hi Jon, on the website you can enter your dates and location. On the second stage of booking look for a people carrier.

  30. Gavin Says:

    I was wondering rather,or not I’d be wasting my money on a Exhired car?

    I’d like to go for a Ford Fiesta one,or two years old with low miles even if its between 10,000 and 20,000 miles as a 5door hatchback?

    At some point when I can afford I want to go for a Ford Fiesta.

  31. Harminder singh Says:

    I would never recommend avis to anyone. I rented a car about six weeks ago and the the experience I had was the worst one could have. I made my booking through website and made a booking for bmw or similar and paid 304 pounds for a week and in return I got a Hyundai I40 which can never be compared to bmw, audi or Mercedes. After asking a member of staff why I was being given a Hyundai not bmw or similar. He had no good answer than that’s what we have and asked me if I could swap after two days. When returned for swap she tried to charge me for upgrade. I had return without a car and till date no answer for my complaint from customer services and CEO of the company.

  32. The Avis Blog Team Says:

    Mr Singh,

    We’re sincerely sorry for the poor experience you have had on this occasion. We can see that a response was sent to you from our Customer Service department on the 25th of January confirming that no upgrade had been charged and that you were only charged for the car group you had ordered. We’re also sorry you were unhappy with the vehicle provided and that when you returned after two days to exchange the vehicle and were advised the second car would be subject to an additional upgrade charge.

    Your booking, in this instance, was for a large: saloon automatic, the example given on the website is a Peugeot 508 automatic. We are unable to guarantee the make and model of vehicle you will be provided with due to the changing nature of our fleet, however you will be provided with a vehicle from the same group as that requested. The vehicle you are provided with will have similar specifications to the example vehicle given. We currently have several vehicle types in this group which includes the Audi A4, Citroen DS5, Hyundai I40, Skoda Octavia, VW Passat and Peugeot 3008. The vehicle you were provided with, the Hyundai I40 is within the group that you reserved. Please note we do not currently have any BMW, or Mercedes vehicles within the group you requested.

    The Avis Blog Team

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