The Hidden Secrets Behind Demo Vehicles

By: Castlegar Toyota   |   24 Oct 2016
Lots of cars at dealership

When you visit any dealership, you can’t miss the dealership lot, where you’ll find tons of new and pre-owned vehicles on display. In amongst the vehicles for sale are demonstration vehicles, which are in fact one of any great dealerships best-kept secrets. A demo vehicle refers to any new car that has been driven by the dealership’s staff or used to book a test drive with a prospective client. Despite sometimes having a few kilometres on it, demo vehicles are still considered “new”. Once their purpose as a showpiece is over, they go up for sale at the dealership, and often at a much better price than a truly new vehicle.

Is a Demonstration Vehicle Worth It?

If the price is right, a demo vehicle could make for a great investment. Because a little wear and tear has already occurred on the vehicle, you’re likely to get a better bargain. Requesting a full vehicle history report will let you know exactly what your vehicle was used for, where it travelled to and any minor or major damages incurred out on the road. If you’re in the market for a brand new vehicle, it’ a good idea to compare the price difference of a demo vehicle and a brand new model in order to identify where you’ll get more benefits. Purchasing a demonstration vehicle saves you a significant amount of money and eliminates any waiting period between the initial purchase and driving it right off the lot! Better still, because the vehicle has no previous owners, if you’re looking to sell your vehicle later on down the road, you’re more likely to get a better resale value. So, is buying a demonstration vehicle worth it? Let’s take a look.


  • Steep pricing discounts.
  • “Like new” condition.
  • Verified vehicle history report.
  • New and extended warranty options.


  • Existing mileage.
  • Potential wear and tear.
  • Shorter warranty period.
  • Driven by other of people.

How Much Should You Pay?

While there’s no golden rule about pricing on demo vehicles, your dealership will be ready to offer you a competitive rate, because demo vehicles must be cleared off the lot to make room for new inventory. After inquiring about the overall condition of the vehicle, you and the seller should be able to arrive at a fair conclusion for the vehicle. Most demo vehicles also come with a warranty, which comes into effect at the time of purchase. If the warranty has already come into effect, it’s a good idea to ask the dealer about extended warranty options to make sure you are covered. At Castlegar Toyota, all of our demonstration vehicles are in outstanding condition with low mileage. Our demo models come with a full vehicle history report, and our staff are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding pricing.

Are you interested in learning more about our demonstration vehicles? Castlegar Toyota has a wide selection of demo vehicles on clearance! Shop our demo inventory today, or call us at 1-(877) 969-1929 or reach out online for more information.


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