Demo Car vs. Program Car

A "demo car" is one used by the dealership as a demonstrator to potential buyers. In addition, dealership personnel sometimes use demo cars as personal transportation.

A "program car" is one that was owned by the manufacturer and given to employees for a short time to use for company business and later purchased at auction by the dealership. Sometimes former rental cars turn up on used car lots advertised as "program cars"; this will be revealed if you run a vehicle identification number (VIN) check using a service such as CARFAX or AutoCheck.

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