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Freight + PDI on a Demo vehicle?

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Freight + PDI on a Demo vehicle?

A dealer in BC is selling a demo vehicle with over 10,000km It was used by an employee. They still want to tack on freight and PDI on top of the taxes. Is this standard or normal practice?
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Speak with your wallet. You can choose to buy your car elsewhere.
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When they give you the paperwork with those charges tacked on just use white out to take them off and adjust the final price yourself Face With Tears Of Joy
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This is a big KM for a demo car...

Not sure in BC, but Ontario, they dont charge freight PDi on demo cars, some dealers still charge it tho and try to make a few extra buck from innocent customers.
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a dealer tried to do the same with me in Quebec two years ago. i bought my car from another dealer.
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Yeah it’s big mileage for a “demo” for sure, as it was used by a manager as their personal vehicle for 2/3 of a year.
I think it’s total bs and I wouldn’t take a deal where I am paying for that but I am curious as to why they think it’s even plausible/acceptable to add on those charges.
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RaiderX wrote: I think it’s total bs and I wouldn’t take a deal where I am paying for that but I am curious as to why they think it’s even plausible/acceptable to add on those charges.
Its preying on the ignorant, car buying is a totally different world than even car fandom, its why I rarely venture into car finance threads. Effectively they're testing the buyer, I suspect enough buyers would catch at least this...its definitely possible to find someone even more naive about car buying or perhaps they're charmed by their salesman. Typically the fees they hit people on and get far less push back are the fees that are seemingly reasonable like admin fee, licensing fee or a fee disguised as a tax.

Probably the easiest target would actually be the foreigners. They're the ones least likely to understand car buying world in North America even more so if the industry is actually more upfront in their home country.

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