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S3 Ex Demonstrators - Good Buy?

Tooks Dec 11, 2006

  1. Tooks

    Tooks Active Member

    Hi all,

    I've just been browsing the Audi UK website looking at new S3's, and there are numerous Phantom Black examples identically specified available from Jan 07.

    I'm presuming these are soon to be ex-demo models, so I'm wondering how many of you would be take the plunge and buy one of these, knowing full well how demo models often get treated? I know the warranty is there etc etc, but even so...

    Also, although most of them seem to have a decent spec with DVD sat nav etc, they seem a little on the pricey side, ie almost list?

    I'm contemplating taking the plunge, but I'm an impatient so and so! In this case though, would most of you order new and then savour the wait, especially as there doesn't appear to be a decent financial saving involved?!
  2. Eeef

    Eeef Lord of War

    Have you ever driven a demo car considerately?
  3. Tooks

    Tooks Active Member

    Good point!! :)
  4. JohnS3

    JohnS3 Active Member

    You may find you can negotiate a deal (discount) on an ex demo car. No dealer I spoke to was even willing to discuss discounts on new cars. Would I have bought an ex demo? well I'm a very picky so and so. I didn't want to risk not being able to find a car in the exact spec I required.
  5. DPM

    DPM Site Sponsor Site Sponsor

    I wouldn't buy an ex demo personally!
  6. Ess_Three

    Ess_Three Active Member

    Nope, nor would I.
    I guess if you want to keep it for only a short time and have a warranty...fair play.
    But for me, I wouldn't.
  7. Tooks

    Tooks Active Member

    I guess opinion is going towards the 'avoid' sign! I might canvass a couple of dealers and see if a deal can be done as suggested. If the financial saving is worthwhile, then that and the fact I'd probably change it after 2 years might tempt me.

    Mind you, the fact that it was registered to a dealer first would tell any buyers it was an ex demo, so that would probably eat into any savings made now.

    I usually trade my cars in though. Would a dealer offer less for such a car do you think?
  8. markwiggy

    markwiggy Third Gear

    Demo's are are usually driven to within an inch of there life, even from zero miles. The S3 I drove had only 60 miles on the clock and I certainly was not going to stay below 4000 revs, I will with my own for a bit.
    Also I was unable to negotiate any discount and was told Demo cars will be sold for full list price as the customer does not have to join the waiting list and would have a car immediately, that is the only real advantage. If I were you i would get one ordered !!
  9. johnmv55

    johnmv55 Member

    Whats the problem? the car will still have the 3 year warranty, how many people keep the car for 3 years?

    I went around the Porsche factory some 10 years back, EVERY engine had a 20 minute dyno run where max torque and BHP were achieved, and then the owner runs it in!!!!!!!!!

    I have an ex demonstrator, it's now covered 15000 miles, it does not use any oil at all and has been fault free (except rattly rear shocks) it saved me nearly £5000 over the price of a new one
  10. rickquattro

    rickquattro Member

    Glen, I think I remember you saying that a new car would have a 3yr warranty which gives you three years to try and break it !! .... so why not a suitable ex demmo? They are usually 3 months sub 5k miles... As such they still seem like a safe deal.
  11. rickparmar

    rickparmar Active Member

    whats the difference buying a demo car which is only couple of months old then buying a second hand car,

    lots of people buy second hands, but get put of by demo

    just asking why really
  12. steeve

    steeve Well-Known Member TeamMisano Team Ibis Audi S3

    Modern cars are pretty robust, I dont think they get treated any worse than perhaps your own car when your giving it gip. It wouls seem difficult to me to drive something with 260 plus BHP within an inch of its life.
    There's a big band who feel that running in is a waste of time.
    I work for a company that is one of the worlds largest diesel engine manufacturers and because of the type of honing we use there is no need to run them in, indeed doing so will cause high oil consumption.
  13. Tooks

    Tooks Active Member

    Well, I've got next week off work, so I think I'm going to get in touch with some of the dealers and see if any of them want to work something out at a time when hopefully business for them is thin on the ground. The S3 might be different of course!

    If I can't get a good deal on an ex demo, then I'll maybe look at getting on the list. What's the average delivery time for a private order at the moment? (Nothing outrageous I fancy specification wise, and not too fussy about colour either if that makes any difference)?.
  14. newbiecrg

    newbiecrg windsurfer

    Demo cars suffer from a chronic problem! Very low mileage when acting as demo cars so running in procedures do not exist!!

    I test drove a TT with 200 miles and I really wanted to see how it handled and I did pushed it a little bit, something I would not do in my new car with 200 miles....

    In the end you will probably be fine and have no problems, but take that chance only if you have to!

  15. benw123

    benw123 Moderator

    With demonstrators, it's not the potential customers you want to be worried about. Its condition is more likely to be affected by the lucky salesmen who get to drive it home.

    I used to work for a company that provided IT services to a premium manufacturer, and one morning I arrived early on one of their dealer sites to install some software. While waiting for it to open (in my trusty black Ford Escort, happy days), the salesman continued to arrive in their demonstrators, all of them blasting into the car park like it was Brands Hatch.

    Although these were models from the lower end of the model range, there's little doubt that a few members of the buying public would eventually end up with these cars, probably excited at the deal they got for an ex-demo but not knowing how badly they were treated. Buyers beware!
  16. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

    I bought a new car and had lots of niggles and still have. I don't accept it. If I had bought it 2nd hand and saved 3k I still would not accept it but at least I would have 3k in my back pocket. Demos get driven hard, who cares! More shake down time as far as I'm concerned.

    Equally Audi and the stealers could not care less if it was a new car or one with 400,000 miles on the clock, you would get treated with the same amount of distain.
  17. johnmv55

    johnmv55 Member

    Thats another plus point for an ex demonstrator, at lest you can have it for maybe a day and find out it's faults, then decide whether to buy or not.

    I have bought one new car in my life time (A3 2.0 fsi) I can honestly say after 30 plus years of motoring that POS gave more trouble than ALL the rest of the cars I have ever owned, no, for me I will test drive the car I am going to buy, not one like it.......................
  18. tomsinclair

    tomsinclair Member

    I do not think there is any problem buying an ex demo. I for one would have no problem as I have bought ex demo VW's before and had no problems with them.
    If the spec was right why not.

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