As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing extended test drives, spotting online scammers, and the best car for a tall teenager. First up: What if you want to test drive a car and really try it out, but the dealer only lets you do so for a short period of time? My wife is handicapped and has some difficulty getting in and out of cars. Sometimes, it’s not immediately evident how a car’s door sill or passenger-side floor pan will affect her for a few days after she’s banged her ankles or shins on the door sill while hoisting herself up and into the seat or while shifting her weight to get back out. We’ve thought about possibly looking for a short-term rental of the following cars to do the evaluation, but local dealers aren’t interested, and car rental companies don’t have these vehicles: Toyota RAV-4 (we’d be looking for a hybrid), Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forrester, Honda CR-V Any advice would be appreciated. For most car buyers the actual test drive is the least important part of the process. You would be surprised how many people have made their decision on what to buy our lease before they even get behind the wheel. That’s not a method I recommend, but it’s not uncommon. However, in a scenario where the buyers really need to see… [Read full story]
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