So I just got a job as a salesman at a dealership.. Not a very prestigious job, but I needed a change of pace from a desk job and let's see how it goes, I'll probably run screaming back to a cubicle before long. A demo car allowance ($400/month) was mentioned during the hiring and I'm not quite sure what that means. I'm sure HR will fill me in on details on monday but, coincidentally, I'm in the market for a new (to me) commuter car and was going to buy a beater over the weekend. Can someone share some info about what allowances generally entail in the industry, so I don't blow a few grand on a 98 civic needlessly (I kinda need the car right away, have 1 car and my wife uses it daily and my new gigs a good 30 miles away with no public transport). Does "demo car allowance" = you don't really own the car at the end of the day? Does that go toward financing? A lease?