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#1 of 37 Would you buy a car without test driving it?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 15, 2011 (9:35 am)
More people are researching cars online and opting to order a new car to buy or lease without first test driving it.
Some of us will do anything to avoid the dealership!
"Skipping the test drive can also eliminate what for many people is the most annoying part of car shopping -- the hard sell. Already, roughly a third of buyers who purchase their cars over the internet say they do so to avoid face-time with car salesmen, reports Edmunds.com."
Car Buying, Without the Test Drive (smartmoney.com)
Would you be willing to do a "blind transaction?
#2 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [steve_]
Sep 15, 2011 (9:45 am)
For the right price, yes. Let's say 300SL gullwing, looks mint, $100. I won't need to drive it.
#3 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [fintail]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 15, 2011 (10:39 am)
I mail-order sneakers all the time.
But the lasts haven't changed and they always fit the same. Different styles but I buy the smae brand every time.
If the leg to gas pedal angle is off or my knees bang the door or console, I'm not going to be a happy camper.
#4 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [steve_]
Sep 15, 2011 (11:25 am)
Very interesting question. Like you I buy a lot of clothes on the internet. I did buy a car on Ebay but that was the Celica convertible. As long as it was as represented there wasn't too much to go wrong.
On a new car I'd have to have driven an example of said car. Just to get a hang of possible killer quirks.
I will say when we bought our 00 Accord I'd only test driven automatics and bought a stick but that's OK....
#5 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [steve_]
Sep 15, 2011 (11:53 am)
I've bought clothes and shoes online too, as most sizes are the same.
If it was a car I had sat in and drove before, I wouldn't feel too bad about buying one without driving that exact unit, if I had some kind of recourse about the vehicle not being correct anyway. I wouldn't jump sight unseen into a make and model I had never touched though.
#6 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [fintail]
Sep 15, 2011 (12:10 pm)
I'll say one thing about not test driving first. That 00 Accord right off the beat did not have the super smooth shifting that I expect of Accords. It shifts Ok but not like the previous two. When we replaced the clutch (a first on a Honda for me - but it happened at 175K and with my daughter driving it) didn't improve things. When we replaced the tranny (at like 215K - replacing it with a junkyard one) that fixed it!
#7 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [steve_]
Sep 16, 2011 (4:22 am)
Yep, have done it at least a couple times. Most recently with the Terrain.
Research online including reviews and others experiance and if nothing blatent stands out don't need to drive one prior to purchase. Don't want to waste a sales persons time either if I've already decided on vehicle to purchase.
#8 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [steve_]
Sep 16, 2011 (5:32 am)
My short answer is, yes, I would, with the caveats that some of the responders above have already mentioned.
#9 of 37 Re: Would you buy a car without test driving it? [hpmctorque]
Sep 19, 2011 (12:23 pm)
I couldn't do it.
I guess it comes down to whether or not you 'bond' with the car or not. More than just fitting behind the wheel, I guess I'm talking about something more 'spiritual' in nature.
Yes, even if it's a 4-door appliance, you've got to be comfortable with it since you'll spend so much time behind the wheel.
Back in '02, I was looking for a V6 powered sedan with leather and a sunroof. Test drove both an Altima and a Saturn L300. For some reason, I thought the interior of the Saturn (redesigned for the '03 model year) was nicer than that of the Altima.
I did get 97,000 miles out of the Saturn, however, so I guess it was an OK choice.
#10 of 37 NEVER DO THAT !!!
Sep 19, 2011 (2:24 pm)
I would advise people to NEVER EVER do that....
Too many unknowns.
I did that once (at the request of my then-wife) and it was a huge mistake....
Don't go there !!!