42K to 43K is what you should spend on that car...
1 They are (probably) paying for floor planning (meaning interest to the manufacturer) on 2 a car that is probably not extremely desirable given its mileage, despite being "new". Definitely not as desirable as a barely-touched new car, yet that's the price you're being offered at $48k, IMO.
3 With the new model year rolling in, the car is going to depreciate even faster because it will be a 2 year old car. 4 They have no choice but to clear it out for new inventory anyhow.
Someone p*ssed in your Wheaties didn't they. Don't know where you get the idea that I think a demo is "just like [a] new car.." But Lotus and the dealers can certainly, legally, sell them as "new." Enjoy your rant. Demos are there to drive. It is the dealer's responsibility to assure that the Lotus is broken in properly, etc, or not. It is not the responsibility of the test driver/customer. If you were told "you can not drive this demo car over 5000rpm, no WOT, etc." you may be less likely to purchase the vehicle as you really haven't seen it perform, etc. And like BMW said above, that's what demos are for -- potential customers and MotorTrend/TopGear/etc to drive and see what they can do. Enjoy the rest of your day.If you continue to think that demos are really just like new cars, well great! Knock yourself out. And always buy demos at prices that are little off what you can get a new, non-demo for. The dealer has to sell 'em to someone.
:shrug:Hey, at least the tasteless moron blacked out the headlights...no sense in actually being able to see where you're going at night. Oh, now I remember. The OEM headlights are so good that blocking 75% or so of the light isn't even noticeable.
Idiots who black out their headlights or taillights should have their driver's licenses revoked and their cars crushed. What possesses these people to so drastically reduce their ability to see and other driver's ability to see them? Oh, now I remember on that one, too...it looks cool. In a worthless teenager sort of way, anyway.
I don't think it's abuse. I think a car that's babied constantly when driven is more abused than a car that sees its peak power every now and then.