You are better off renting one. A $1k car will not make it across the country and you'll have to rent one anyways.
Just be present when the rental agent documents current damage on your lease and don't let dents, dings, rips et cetera go unmakred.
Then don't fuck up the car. People treat rentals like shit and then blame the agency for collecting like they said they would. It's never their own fault of course, for leaving cigarette burns and spilling taco sauce.
/soap box. I just hate the mentality and it applies to much more than rental cars. I rent cars frequently and have never had a problem.