What Does ‘Fleet Vehicle’ Mean on a Title?

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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


, - October 24, 2018

A fleet vehicle is a type of car that was owned or leased by a business, government agency, or other organization. Simply put: it was a commercial vehicle, never owned by an individual or family. Many times, fleet vehicles are cars that were used by car rental companies, taxicab companies, and police departments, to name a few. This type of title doesn’t mean it necessarily has a bad history, it just means it was a commercially-owned vehicle.

Types of Fleet Vehicles

A fleet vehicle is a branded title, and there are different types of fleet cars out there. If you’re considering buying a used fleet vehicle, you should know about these four types of fleet titles:

  1. Used rental car – These are the most common types of fleet vehicles you can find on the used car market. Although these ex-rentals can be relatively cheap, finding a former rental car that doesn’t have high mileage can be tough since rental companies tend to keep these vehicles for a few years.
  2. Used government car – Vehicles that were owned by government agencies and municipalities are usually well-kept. But these agencies tend to get rid of these cars once they feel they aren’t safe enough for daily driving or worth keeping in service.
  3. Used company car – Similar to a used government vehicle, a used company car is generally in good shape. Sales reps and executives typically drive these cars with more care than delivery and service employees do, and the vehicles are replaced more frequently.
  4. Used manufacturer and dealer car – Also called “program cars,” dealerships and car manufacturers maintain a fleet of vehicles they use as demo models, service customer loaners, training, and as a benefit for executives and managers, to name a few.

Buying a Used Fleet Vehicle

Even though a fleet vehicle is considered a branded title, many cars with fleet titles are well maintained. But, you should still double check to make sure the vehicle is in as good of shape as it claims to be. This means you should run through a used car buying checklist, and treat it like any other used car. Check the VIN number, have a trusted mechanic look at it, and test drive it before you sign any paperwork.

If it’s a private sale, you don’t want to be stuck with a vehicle with a washed title or that has hidden damage. Just because it looks good on the outside doesn’t mean it’s functional. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions about the car and its history. If they’re hesitant to disclose any important information, it’s best you walk away.

Looking to Finance a Used Car?

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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


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