If you've spent any amount of time online reading about the car you're thinking of purchasing, you've probably come across the term "demo vehicle" and wondered, "What's a demo vehicle?"

Simply put, a demo (short for "demonstrator") vehicle is a new vehicle that has been driven but never registered. Friendly demos sometimes include vehicles we use to take Friendly Honda customers on test drives. Vehicles we use as courtesy cars in our Friendly Service Department -- for customers who we need to keep their vehicle for a period of time -- may also be classified as Friendly demo vehicles.

But the most common demos at Friendly Honda are those which we allow our managers and Friendly sales team to drive on a regular basis so that they can effectively answer questions customers may have.

From the HR-V to the Ridgeline, Friendly Honda vehicles are tried and true, and we want to be able to help you find the best vehicle to fit your lifestyle. The best way to help you get this information is to find out firsthand.

For example, how the vehicle handles different types of drives or accommodates different kinds of activities. Can an Accord fit two sets of golf clubs in the trunk? What about four kids and all of their gear in a Pilot? Can I fit a set of skis in the back of the CR-V? Have you ever taken a Clarity Hybrid on a road trip?


The actual number of Friendly demos we have varies from month to month, but they won't all be Civics or all Odysseys. We generally choose a couple vehicles from each model line for that particular model year, since we want to be able to answer questions customers may have for every new Honda model.


This will vary depending on the demo vehicle. Some vehicles see a few more test drives than others, some have been driven for a longer period of time, etc. However, the most number of miles we allow a Friendly Demo to accumulate is 6,000. And the mileage on these vehicles does affect Honda's standard new vehicle warranties.

All new Friendly Honda vehicles are covered by a 3-Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty, plus a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The demo's final mileage will be deducted from the factory warranties, and the demo will be covered for the remaining balance of miles.

For example, if a demo has been driven 5,500 miles at the time you buy or lease it, your warranties would be for 30,500 miles on the Limited Warranty and 54,500 miles on the Powertrain Limited Warranty. It may sound complicated, but don't worry. When you sign the final paperwork, we will inform you what precisely how many miles your warranty coverage will be for.


At this point, you might be wondering to yourself, "If it affects my warranty, why would a Friendly demo be the way to go instead of buying a lightly used vehicle?" That's a great question, and here are three great reasons:

1. Friendly demo vehicles are offered at a lower price than other new vehicles to make up for the additional mileage.

The amount discounted is relative to the price of the vehicle and the number of miles it was driven, but it can range anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars off the retail price of the same vehicle brand new. If your goal is to negotiate the best price, then a Friendly demo is a great choice because they're priced lower than other new vehicles.

2. We have the full service and detail history of the vehicle, which is not always available for every used vehicle.

Friendly demos are cars that we drive and interact with on a daily basis - if we rely on them to help sell cars, you can bet that we put every effort in to make sure that they're taken care of very well. Even the most minuscule noise or tiny blemishes on our demos are taken care of as soon as we hear or see them. Our Friendly Used Car Department does a great job of this with our used car inventory as well, but here's the difference: we know who drove that car on what day and where, and that kind of information just doesn't show up on a CARFAX.

3. There are far more options available for leasing or financing a new vehicle than a used vehicle.

Because they've never been registered, Friendly demos are still classified as new vehicles, and new vehicles have different finance programs available than used. The special finance rates advertised nationally for new vehicles still apply to a demo. So do the Friendly & Honest Leases we offer. On the other hand, financing a used vehicle can be a completely different ball game (depending on the car), and leasing a used vehicle is not available.

So, if you're the kind of person who would only consider buying a used car (probably because of the price, and because you don't mind not being the first person to drive that vehicle), then a Friendly demo vehicle is a great option to get the best of both worlds.