The hidden value of demo cars

If you are planning to get a car, especially a new one, you will most likely find yourself test driving demo cars in dealerships in your quest to find that perfect car. But have you considered buying that demo car itself instead of a brand new one? Many people generally ignore them, but they could be the best decision you’ll ever make.

However, you need to know the pros and cons of a demo car before deciding on whether you want it or not, here we discuss that.


Brand New

While you might not be the first person to drive the car, and it might have a few kilometres in miles, a used car remains almost brand new because these cars are usually new models. Not only that, but they also come in good condition as the dealership will do everything to maintain their pristine state.

High Spec Car at a lower price

The vehicles used as demo cars by dealerships usually come fully equipped with all the features and specifications that will attract a buyer to make the deal. This means you won’t be getting a car with basic features. If you decide to go for it, you will be getting it for a lesser price than what you will necessarily spend if you’re getting a base model that is brand new.

New car warranty

While the demo car is sold at the price of a used car and it is considered used, the warranty on the car is like that of a brand new one. Warranty starts from the day of purchase, and in terms of kilometres, all you have to do is subtract the kilometres the car has already travelled from the kilometres covered by the warranty.


Limited Choice

When getting a demo car, you are likely to be limited in terms of trim, colour, engine size, fuel type, etc. This might not be a problem if your focus is on a good bargain. But if you have some particular taste in-car features, a new car might be the right thing for you.

Driven by Someone before

A demo car is what it is because someone has driven it before. While this might not be a problem on its own, the way it was driven could be a problem. Not every driver drives carefully enough, and some might have even revved it to the highest level. You might find out that the car has lots of wear and tear due to the number of people that have driven it in the past, which might not be limited to those who want to buy cars but include customers whose cars need repairs and even the staff.

Cosmetic blemishes

The number of people that have driven the car makes it likely that you will find scratches on the car. Not every driver will be as careful as you, even with a car they don’t own.


Despite the few disadvantages that come with a demo car, it still represents a good bargain that is worth the price you pay for it.

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