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    R. Alan Monroe
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    Default The test drive catch 22

    I'm looking around for something to replace my 94 Altima... I don't
    have a particular make/model in mind, and in fact want to give all
    makes/models a fair shake. Probably something sportier, though. Thus
    the test drive catch 22: It seems like a bad idea to make what will
    become a 5-10 year commitment based on a mere 15 minutes of trying a
    car. A dealer might let you test drive something for a day (I'm
    guessing, not having tried this) if you were on the verge of buying
    it, but trying this with more than 1 car would be frowned upon, and
    rightly so. A glance at the chain car rental web sites doesn't look
    promising because they don't rent sportscars. Thoughts?

    Alan



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    R Flowers
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    "R. Alan Monroe" <amonroejj@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:5NfXg.10327$OE1.5175@tornado.ohiordc.rr.com.. .
    ....
    > the test drive catch 22: It seems like a bad idea to make what will
    > become a 5-10 year commitment based on a mere 15 minutes of trying a
    > car. A dealer might let you test drive something for a day ...

    ....

    You could attempt to rent one. It would be expensive, and the model in
    question may not even be available.

    I think the best bet is to research as much as possible (Consumer Reports,
    owner opinions online, etc.) and use what you find in conjunction with the
    15 minute test drive.

    When it comes right down to it, this is the way cars have been bought since
    there were dealerships. You have to learn what you can, then buy and don't
    look back.

    There was an auto manufacturer that touted the overnight test drive a few
    years back. (I think it was GM.) I have not seen that promoted lately.

    -- R Flowers



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    R. Alan Monroe
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    In article <9ZSdnYVtv5Eu37PYnZ2dnUVZ_tCdnZ2d@insightbb.com> , "R Flowers" <rflowers@TinBowlingGreen.com> wrote:
    >"R. Alan Monroe" <amonroejj@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >news:5NfXg.10327$OE1.5175@tornado.ohiordc.rr.com. ..
    >....
    >> the test drive catch 22: It seems like a bad idea to make what will
    >> become a 5-10 year commitment based on a mere 15 minutes of trying a
    >> car. A dealer might let you test drive something for a day ...

    >....
    >
    >I think the best bet is to research as much as possible (Consumer Reports,
    >owner opinions online, etc.) and use what you find in conjunction with the
    >15 minute test drive.


    Yeah, that probably works for 80% of the people out there. I guess I'm
    just weird, because I heavily weight the decision on the intangibles
    like seat feel, road noise, cockpit ergonomics, handling, which aren't
    things you can really get from a magazine.

    Alan

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