Buying tips: Ex-demonstrators
You're heading to a car showroom looking to buy a new car. But have you considered buying the dealership's demonstrator instead? You could bag a real bargain, says Jonathan Crouch.
WHEN you decide to replace your current vehicle you'll have to make the choice between going for brand new or buying used. The trouble with travelling down the new route is the D word: depreciation. So, you decide to buy a used instead – but what if you really want a new car that's still feels and smells factory fresh?
How about buying an ex-demonstrator? These cars must be well maintained by dealerships to persuade new car buyers to part with their money.
Ex-demonstrators are regularly serviced to ensure that every aspect of the vehicle is in good working order. In other words, a demo is often better maintained during its early life than your average nearly-new or used car.
Demonstrator vehicles are always well presented inside and out, scuffs on the interior trim are almost always removed and most will look as good as new, which, of course, they very nearly are. What's more, ex-demos invariably come with low mileage as stock is regularly turned around to ensure test fleets look as fresh as possible.
Even manufacturers with the highest quality standards occasionally produce new cars that come with minor niggling faults. By buying an ex-demonstrator you're saved from having to worry about these particular issues as they should have all been corrected before you buy.
Dealers usually choose their demonstrators carefully so that they arrive with the most attractive paint finishes and highest level of trim and equipment, which obviously enhances their desirability.
Buying an ex-demonstrator can be an excellent way of obtaining a recently released model at reduced cost, but this is not a hard and fast rule because when it comes to certain prestige manufacturers, demand for new product can be so great dealers can sell a demo vehicle at virtually the same price as a new example.
Marehay Vauxhall in Derby Road, Ripley, for example, has a 62-plate Vauxhall Meriva with 4,000 miles on the clock for £10,995, a saving of £6,895 on a new-to-the-showroom car. It's also got a Vauxhall Mokka that has only done 2,000 miles for £16,995, and that's a saving of £4,230.
Sales manager Russell Prime said: "As well as big saving on the price, the benefit of buying a demonstrator is that the owner keeps the Vauxhall lifetime warranty."
By opting to buy an ex-demonstrator it's also very possible to purchase a well-specified vehicle that's as good, if not better, than new at a price that's hundreds or even thousands of pounds lower than the recommended retail price. Buying an ex-demonstrator is a very sensible, cost effective option. You'll gain a lot of car for your money so it has to be the way to go!
For more details, contact Marehay Vauxhall on 01773 570470, email sales@ marehayvauxhall.co.uk or click on www.marehay vauxhall.co.uk.