Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:30 PM
This may sound a bit silly, but is it okay to go to a dealership and have a test drive when you have no intention of buying the car in the near future? I have been interested in a Mini for a couple of years but have always been put off by tales of unreliability (my friend works for BMW) and therefore I've never actually got round to test driving the car....I was just wondering, if I go to a dealership and book a test drive and end up not buying a car, are they going to blacklist me or be annoyed?
I know it sounds a bit stupid but in the past every test drive I've ever had has been with the intention of buying a car and in every case it led to a sale.
Thank you :)
Mar 2nd, 2011, 07:33 PM
No, the dealership understands that test driving a car is just that, seeing what it's like to help you make up your mind. I love cars, and often go out to test drive cars when I have absolutely no intention of ever buying them just to see what they are like to drive.
My local BMW dealership even has special days where they invite everyone to come in and test drive the latest model.
If they do get frustrated with you because you don't buy a car, they are a terrible dealership and aren't worthy of your business.
Mar 2nd, 2011, 08:38 PM
It's a good moral question and I suspect that unless they think you're interested, they won't let you waste their fuel and put miles on their car ;)
I've been in your position and gone and driven cars (with the pretense I am interested in buying) and then found something about the car that stops me wanting to purchase that particular one. You'd be amazed at the discounts some dealers then offer to get you interested and a Renault dealer asked me "what would it take for you to buy this car today". Fortunately my cheeky half-price offer was refused :biggrin: