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Acceptable Kms on a new Car

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Acceptable Kms on a new Car

What is acceptable odometer entry of new car? The car that dealer showed for test drive had 91 Kms on it. Can it be considered a demo car?
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Really depends if they have the car in their inventory I would expect no more than 14km on the odometer lowest possible being about 8km.


Now if the dealer needs to source the car outside their own facility you can usually expect anything under 150km if the distance is justified.

Many dealers also sometimes outsource their PDI and dealer accessories such as ppf, window tint and remote starter etc so that could add another 30-40 km to the mileage.

I’ve bought cars brand new with 8km, 43km 75km 90 km highest being 150km but in all cases I was told in advance to expect this mileage.


If the dealer sets the expectation that’s fine. If you want the lowest possible km source something that they have in inventory on their own Lot.
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Off the truck <10km.
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It’s been used on a few test drives @91km
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GuddaKaka wrote: What is acceptable odometer entry of new car? The car that dealer showed for test drive had 91 Kms on it. Can it be considered a demo car?
91km is NOTHING!

Come on.

Anything under 200km is acceptable!
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Look underneath the car, there's a Best Before date... after that date expires the car is then stale and will be sold as used
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Never had one over 50km...
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Should be no reason for it to be over 50km other then its being used as a demo...
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I accept anything under 100km especially you know they are not made to order one, Sometimes dealer just send someone to drive the car down to another dealership if they don't have enough cars to order a big haul truck.

91km is too little for a demo. Demo usually have few thousand Km on it.
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Depends.

If they had to transfer it from another location, they may just drive it over.

If it's fresh from the dock, it should only have less than 10km. I hear the dock drivers "help" break in your engines well :)
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Search a topic first:

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Explanation of Demo Vehicles at Dealerships for you people:

https://www.autotrader.ca/newsfeatures/ ... -demo-car/
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GuddaKaka wrote: ... The car that dealer showed for test drive had 91 Kms on it. Can it be considered a demo car?
It is better to be considered as new car, because your warranty starts on the day of purchase. And the dealer can apply new car finance rate, promo to it.

If it is sold as a demo, warranty probably has already started a few month, and not so much incentive.

Last time I got a "new" car with 500kms on it. But I got $6000 off msrp for a $28k car, plus the lowest possible finance rate at that time.
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It depends. If its a commonly available car like a say a civic or a Rav4 then there's no reason it should have been test driven and it shouldn't have more than 50 kms on it.
On the higher end however there are more chances the few new cars on the lot have been test driven. if you're buying a new $150k Range Rover, expect the only 2 on the lot to have some mileage on them.
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For future buyer, if you are that strict about the new car should be 10km or less.
Have it written on the sales agreement, this way you protect yourself and also don't waste other people's time.
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MP3_SKY wrote: For future buyer, if you are that strict about the new car should be 10km or less.
Have it written on the sales agreement, this way you protect yourself and also don't waste other people's time.
at that rate ... the dealership will really have to work for their money ... hahahahahaha
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10km requirement is pretty ridiculous.

My new car (VW Golf) had 45km. They had to drive it as a test drive as part of the PDI, drove it around the lot (it was in the showroom) and drove it to get gas before I picked it up. They said off the truck they show up with like 15-20km.

My sisters new Prius had like 30ish km... and trust me no one is taking a Prius on joy rides.

91km just means it went for a test drive or two, not a big deal imo. Or maybe it switched dealerships (if its close they just drive between them). I think the demo's I've seen usually have a few thousand km.
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Ecsta wrote: 10km requirement is pretty ridiculous.

My new car (VW Golf) had 45km. They had to drive it as a test drive as part of the PDI, drove it around the lot (it was in the showroom) and drove it to get gas before I picked it up. They said off the truck they show up with like 15-20km.

My sisters new Prius had like 30ish km... and trust me no one is taking a Prius on joy rides.

91km just means it went for a test drive or two, not a big deal imo. Or maybe it switched dealerships (if its close they just drive between them). I think the demo's I've seen usually have a few thousand km.
None of the vehicles I purchased required a "test drive" as part of the PDI.

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