<500 unless it was a dealer trade.
Most full PDI's are around 30 miles.
Inspired by the test drive thread, assuming you didn't order from the factory, what is an acceptable # of miles for a new, on the lot car to have? If I ordered it, it better have less than 5 miles on it. But given that people are so liberal to test drives, what would you be fine with? 50, 100, 400? Assume most test drives are a 10 mile loop.
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lustine toyota tried to sell me a corolla, in 2005 that had 3200 miles as brand new. apparently they used it as the test drive/loaner car. they wouldnt drop the price even with so many miles on it.
although, i test drove a CC that had 55 miles on it, and was still wrapped in plastic and vynil on the hood. no idea how they could drive so much with it covered like it was.
my car had 24 miles on it. that was enough
I like them to have less than 50, though I did buy my '03 Civic Si with about 250 miles on it. It had been on the lot for almost a year so I got it at a substantial discount ($15,990).
It it had 500 or more miles on it I would probably pick a different vehicle unless I could negotiate a really good deal.
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I dunno, maybe 100 or 200 miles?
Depending on the car company, your 5 mile expectation may be completely unrealistic. I question the rationality too, but that's your call.
And I feel sorry for people who fret about this.
Any number is acceptable if the price is right! My GTO had 300 miles on it, but it was a great deal, so I didn't care. It was also a lease, so I didn't care that those 300 miles were probably driven with some "enthusiasm". Like the Civic above, mine had been sitting around for quite a while.
I'm all over the place, the golf had 7 miles on it when we test drove it - it was right off the truck. The GTI, on the other hand, had 1100 miles on it and it was at the dealership for 11 months. Still a new car, without the new car price
Make a long story short, it depends on the situation. If the dealer is willing to deal on a car that's had lots of test drives/nights home with dealership staff, the miles on a new car won't bother me.
Mazda, Porsche, Volkswagen.
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Most of my new cars had <50 miles on them (we've had 15 new vehicle purchases in the last 17 years).
The Acadia was a leftover model that had been sitting around and had 500 miles on it. It has 20k miles now without any major issues, but second only to my 2001 Jetta TDI for things fixed under warranty... I really miss that Jetta
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The last new car we bought had about 2k on it, lot demo. It was the exact color/ model my wife wanted, warranty started then, and I made them knock another $1k off for trying to sneak it past me, like I wouldn't notice.
We've had it ten years now, I figure it all worked out OK in the end.
Ive never gotten a car with less than 5-10 miles on it, and none of them have been test driven before picking them up. Its standard from the shipping/PDI process.
ex's:'12 GLI | '12 Jetta SEL | '11 Jetta SE | '10 GTI | 09 Jetta TDI | 09 Tiguan | 08 2Dr GTI | 07 4Dr. GTI | 07 Passat pkg2 Sport, 6spd | 07 Jetta | 06 Audi A3 | 05 GTI | 05 GLI
The Veloster I test drove already had 150 miles on it, and it had only been on the lot for a week. I'm certain it sold pretty soon after that, but it was a 6 speed, and I know all 150 of those miles were hard.
Past: 1998 Accord V6 LX
2007 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 2-24-11)
2009 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 9-19-11)
Never bought a new car personally, but my parents have gone through a few over the years, trading around every few years
2009 (I think?) Honda Ridgeline - Dealer demo, was sold "new", but about $5k off the sticker, when it was all said and done. Car had roughly 1500-2000mi on it, from just under a years use. Dealer provided the service record (since, it was in for 2 oil changes) as well.
2011 Impala - 25mi. Dealer had the car for a few weeks, tested twice. Mom loved the car and color, so they got it
2008 Impala - Under 100mi, but was a car that was on the lot for 11 months. Purchased at a massive "fire sale" to clear the 08 models, to make room for the 09s.
2000 Focus + Explorer - Bought at the same time, and both were around 500mi. Both dealer demos, both bought a few hundred off sticker (and a free oil change for each).
Others, I really don't remember too well.
Having worked in sales for years and seen the full spectrum, I'd say sub 300 is fine. New car warranty starts at delivery mileage, so as long as the deal is right, it's no big deal.