Purchased a 2016 Accord from my local Honda dealer. Car was new, except for 200 miles or so driven after car was in dealer’s possession.
The title mailed by DMV weeks later lists car as “new” and having 8 miles. I assume the dealer provided this information. Given the car was used for demonstrations or even personal use by staff, is this accurate, or should the vehicle have been sold as “demonstrator” or “used”?
At what point does a new vehicle become a demonstrator or used?
UPDATE: I’ve summarized my findings below.
The word “demonstrator” is ambiguous; but I will use the definition from Merriam-webster.com:
‘… a product (as an automobile) used to demonstrate performance or merits to prospective buyers’.
From my vehicle manufacturer, I was told that the dealer can sell the car as new, regardless of mileage, as long as it was never titled.
From my state DMV:
‘A new vehicle has a certificate of origin and a used vehicle would have a previous owner title. This is how new or used is determined. We do not have a “demonstrator” category.’
From the Washington State Department of Licensing, Vehicle Dealer & Manufacturer Resource Manual September 2012, page 17:
‘Used Vehicles RCW 46.04.660 WAC 308-66-110
A used vehicle is one which has been titled into the name of a retail purchaser (final consumer), also known as pre-owned.
New vehicles remain “new” regardless of the number of transfers of interest in the vehicle prior to the purchase of the vehicle at retail.
An automobile does not become a “used” car simply because several potential buyers have driven it for the
purpose of demonstration.’
However, legal definitions aside, what I have gleaned from other threads is that a truly new car is one that arrives from the factory with fewer than 10 miles clocked.