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Pros and Cons of Buying an Ex-Demo Vehicle

Oct 22, 2018 | Insights

We look at the Pros and Cons of Buying an Ex-Demo vehicle.

Buying a vehicle can be one of the biggest purchases of your life. But did you know you could save money by purchasing an ex-demo vehicle from the dealer. Buying an ex-demo car, motorcycle, or any kind of road-vehicle may present great value for money. So what is a demo-vehicle?

A demo-vehicle is a vehicle that potential new buyers can test drive at the dealership. They are also vehicles that the sales staff may utilise for personal use, so the vehicles will have accumulated kilometres for these purposes.

So how do you know if a demo-vehicle is right for you? We hope our list of Pros and Cons can help you to make an informed decision.



In many cases, demo-vehicles are considerably cheaper than a brand-new version of the same model. Negotiate with your dealer on the best price they can offer for their demo vehicles.

In top condition
In most cases, demo-vehicles are in excellent condition. A dealer is unlikely to display a vehicle with any visible damage. The vehicles used to reel customers are kept in excellent condition to help entice prospective buyers.

Drive away
One of the advantages of buying a demo-vehicle is that they’re ready to be taken home. There’s no wait for your vehicle to arrive from the supplier. As soon as it’s paid for, you can drive away from the dealers.

More features
Dealers may use a model with many of the features or accessories available to that make and model. Again, these features can be used to entice prospective buyers to buy that particular model and get the appropriate extras.



Higher mileage
Naturally as a test vehicle, many prospective drivers may have taken the demo-vehicle for a drive. As such, the odometre will record every kilometre covered by these drivers.

Less variety
Dealers may only have one demo for a particular make and model. Therefore, you may have to settle for the colour or features that have been added to that demo model.

Other customers have been inside of the vehicle
As a demo-vehicle, naturally many prospective buyers have been inside the vehicle to see and test it. Keep in mind, that the vehicle is likely to be cleaned after every test.


In summary

When it comes to demo-vehicles, keep in mind that test drivers shouldn’t have gone too far from the dealers. We recommend checking the odometre to have a better idea of how much the vehicle has been driven.

Also, any vehicle that’s practically new and considerably cheaper than a newer model may be sold quickly.

Safe travels!

The information contained in this blog is accurate only at the date of publication.


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