I am buying a new car from a dealer who located the car for me in a neighboring state. I was told they would ship the car on a flatbed, but instead they drove it. It now has 250 miles on the odometer. Is this something I should be upset about? Is this too many miles for the car to be considered new?
Technically, your car is still considered “new” because it has never been titled to an individual. Mileage has little to do with whether a dealer describes a car as “new.” It’s more of a legal term stating the car has never been owned by anyone except the dealership.
Dealerships have demonstration vehicles for test drives and such that can be driven up to 10,000 miles and still be considered “new” because they were never registered to an individual, although sometimes those cars are available cheaper than if they were fresh off the assembly line.
We think you have the right to be upset in that the dealership told you one thing and did another (guaranteed it’s not the first time that’s happened), and you may be able to negotiate an extended warranty or even maintenance services. If you’re really peeved, let the dealer know, but 250 miles isn’t that many. In the end, though, you’re the one who will have to live with the car for the next few years, so if you make your feelings and expectations known and still don’t get satisfactory results, buy a different car.
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