Test-driving a vehicle is a critical part of the buying process. And while you may be familiar with the basics, there are a number of things you can do to save time and streamline the process. Here's how to hack your way to a better test-drive experience. APPOINTMENTS ARE KEY Most people walk into a dealership thinking they'll hop into a car and go straight into a test drive. But salespeople are often busy, and it might take a half-hour or so before someone is available. Plus, the car you want to drive might be in an overflow lot, which is sometimes far from the main dealership. You'll wait while they find the car, wash it and bring it to you. An appointment can put an end to these delays. Call to let the dealership know you're coming and that you want the vehicle to be ready when you arrive. Some forward-thinking dealerships employ an online appointment tool, including one version that will note your coffee preference so the dealership can have a cup ready when you arrive. It is a … [Read more...] about Edmunds: How to hack the traditional test drive
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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 … [Read more...] about How Can You Test Drive a Car For More Than Just a Few Minutes?
Ignorant car buyers are risking being ripped off by not even test driving a car before handing over their cash. According to a study by online sales site Gumtree, an astonishing 51 per cent of drivers said they wouldn’t drive a car before buying it, with even more failing to carry out basic checks to protect themselves from being left out of pocket. The poll of motorists found half were scared of being ripped off by a used car seller and a third were concerned about not knowing a car’s service history. Yet many failed to take simple precautions. As well as not actually driving the car, 71 per cent go into a deal without researching the vehicle’s value using a price index, 56 per cent don’t ask to see the log book and 64 per cent don’t ask for a receipt. Read more: Used car scams are “off the chart” – here’s how to protect yourself Such a lack of preparation not only leaves buyers open to paying too much for a car but also to … [Read more...] about Half of drivers won’t test drive a second-hand car before buying
The name Amazon is well known to Volvo enthusiasts, having adorned one of the company’s longest-running models. But with that line long since retired, the Swedish automaker is teaming up with another Amazon to launch something of a ground-breaking new service. Similar to what VW has offered with the Atlas, certain customers of the online retail giant will now be able to book test drives through Amazon Prime Now and have the car delivered straight to their door. No need to go to the dealership. Just sign up online from your computer or phone, and a trained specialist will bring it to your home or office, show you the ins and outs, and Bob’s your uncle, as they say. All of which sounds pretty cool, but there’s a few catches. For starters, the pilot project is being launched first in the UK. And even then, it’s only being offered in four major cities: London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Edinburgh. So if you live elsewhere, you’ll have to wait. For another, … [Read more...] about Book A Volvo Test Drive On Amazon Prime And Have It Delivered Right To Your Door
What can't you order online these days? Volvo has teamed up with Amazon to offer tech-savvy potential buyers a test drive, provided they live in a specific part of the UK.Starting in London (June 9/10) and running through Birmingham (16/17 June), Manchester (23/24 June) and Edinburgh (30 June/1 July), the program will allow Amazon Prime Now subscribers to book a test drive of the V40 and have the car delivered to their door.Once it arrives, they'll have 45 minutes on local roads with the car. If they're keen, they can continue to testing or purchasing process at a Volvo dealership."At Volvo, we aim to make people’s lives easier. Our Prime Now test drive offer does just that, allowing potential customers to try our V40 on their terms and in familiar surroundings," said Jon Wakefield, Volvo's boss in the United Kingdom."We’re proud to team up with Amazon to deliver this unique initiative — the first of its kind in the UK and the latest in a range of … [Read more...] about Volvo and Amazon Prime Now combine to offer test drives