Everything You Need To Know About Buying an Ex-Demo Car

Ex-Demonstration Cars Provide An Excellent Money Saving Opportunity As Opposed To Forking Out For A Brand New Car. Find Out Why!

May 23, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Buying an Ex-Demo Car

If you’re looking for a great deal on a new car then you may have considered buying an ‘ex-demonstration’ model. Somewhere between a new and a used car, ex-demo cars are used by dealers to show off particular models to potential buyers.

Our guide looks at the pros and cons of buying an ex-demo car. Keep reading to find out more.

What is an ‘ex-demonstrator’ car?

Ex-demonstrator cars are those which have been used by dealers to persuade new car buyers to choose a particular model. Once they have served their purpose dealers then sell on these cars, often at a discounted price.

Ex-demo cars are generally well-looked after as they have been used to show a new model in its best light. They are almost always well presented and they will typically have a very low mileage as dealers change stock regularly in order to show their range in the best possible light.

Three advantages of buying an ex-demo car

1. ‘Nearly new’ condition

Almost all ex-demo cars will come with a very low mileage. Some cars will have been used for test drives with potential new car buyers while others won’t even have left the forecourt.

Some ex-demonstrators will have less than 100 miles on the clock if they have been used as a display model in the showroom. As the car has been registered in the dealer’s name it is technically a ‘used’ car and so you are paying a used car price for a model that is almost brand new.

Even ex-demonstrator cars with higher mileage are generally in excellent condition. Most will have been regularly serviced, washed and valeted and all paperwork will be guaranteed and in order.

It can often pay to head to a dealer of the brand of car that you are looking to buy. These dealers are likely to have a wider choice of ex-demonstrators in the specification you are looking for.

2. High specification

Ex-demo cars are designed to show the model in its best light to potential new car buyers. So, you will often find that they come with a high specification of equipment. It’s not unusual to see a demonstrator fitted with a range of optional extras in order to convince buyers to add these little improvements to their order. Improved external styling features, alloy wheels and improved upholstery are also not uncommon.

3. You’ll keep the warranty

When you buy an ex-demonstrator you are buying a car that is generally a matter of a few months old. This means that as you’re buying nearly new, you’ll benefit from whatever manufacturer’s warranty remains on the vehicle

Points to bear in mind

If you’re considering buying an ex-demonstrator you may not have the same range of choice of options as you do when buying new. For example, the dealer may not have the exact colour or interior specification that you want.

In addition, some dealers treat their demonstrators like hire cars for their staff. Look out for marks or stains on the interior of the car, scratches on the dashboard or exterior or blemishes on the roof or windscreen where prices may have been displayed.

Buying an ex-demo can get you a great deal

If you choose to buy an ex-demo car you can snap up a nearly new model at a price that may be thousands of pounds lower than the recommended retail price.

Once you’ve chosen the brand of car you’re interested in, head to your local dealer. They are likely to have a wide selection of ex-demo models that fit your requirement. You’ll also benefit from all the perks of buying from a reputable franchised dealer.


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