Is buying a demo a good idea?
An Auto Advantage customer recently went to a Toyota dealership and found a new demonstrator (demo) with a $3,600 discount on the new car price.
Dealerships are always trying to sell demonstrator cars (or ‘demos’). A demo is a car that is driven by managers, salespeople or test driven by many prospective car buyers but are still technically and legally referred to as new.
Dealerships may tell you that the demo has been immaculately maintained, citing its use by a dealership executive. They may also say that you can get a far better deal on this demo than you would get on a brand new car.
Our advice is – beware.
While a discount may seem generous at first glance, our experience tells us that the selling price of a demonstrator car is often not much less than if you purchased the same brand new. In some cases there is considerable mileage on a “new” demo car, which for some manufacturers, is subtracted from the mileage allotment of your Factory Warranty. Many demos also have wear and tear that may not be noticeable at first glance. All of this means that the demo suddenly doesn’t seem so attractive.
Auto Advantage specialised in providing our customers with great discounts and deals on all makes and models. In fact, we guarantee to save you time, money and stress, so it’s worth talking to us about how much we can save you on your next car.