Car-Buying FAQ: Should You Buy a Demo Car?

October 17th, 2018 by

Many people think buying a demo car is a great way to save money.

It may be.

But only under certain circumstances.

Let’s take a look at what a demo car is and what’s involved with buying one and then you can make an educated decision for yourself.

What is a demo car?
When a certain new vehicle is in high demand, car dealers will use one vehicle for test drives.

Sometimes, salespeople may use the car for their own commute.

Because the dealer doesn’t register the vehicle, they’re still considered new.

Once the car’s no longer needed for these purposes, it’ll be for sale with between 1,000 and 3,000 miles on it.

Demo cars usually come from the dealership’s own inventory, though they could come from an auction.

Should you buy a demo car?
It depends.

There are some things you should think about before purchasing a demo car.

Verify the history. Get the details about how the car was used and request a vehicle history report.

Check the warranty. Make sure your salesperson can provide you with proof of the in-service date, which is the date the warranty begins. When you purchase a demo car, you may be missing out on months of coverage. If the dealer doesn’t want to extend the warranty, request that the price is lowered to compensate.

Compare the demo price to the cost of a new car. Once you have the quote for the demo car, look up the price of the same brand-new vehicle. Make sure you’re saving enough money to justify the extra wear and tear, miles, and possibly-shortened warranty.

Making the right choice for you
It’s important for you to be totally comfortable and free of qualms when you buy a car.

Do your research and make the choice that’s best for your family, budget, and needs.

At Serra Honda, any of our People Pleasin’ sales staff are happy to help you find the vehicle that’s perfect for you.

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