: Will Dealers Allow Test Drives?



BaseBoy
09-28-08, 03:28 PM
When the V1 first appeared, Cadillac dealers did not allow test drives. Buy on specs alone. Can we expect the same policy with the V2?

Flyboy
09-28-08, 03:55 PM
Just an FYI My dealer in Michigan tossed me the keys and said go for a drive. I did and bought the car the following day.

330toSRT8
09-28-08, 06:18 PM
You can always find at least one dealership willing to let you test drive. I've seen people test driving Lambos and Ferraris, which are obviously significantly more expensive. I was able to test drive the CTS-V V1 in CA shortly after it came out.

RightTurn
09-28-08, 07:03 PM
I've never bought a car without a test drive. Of course, on the high-dollar vehicles the salesman usually rides along. :D

Jayrcr3
09-28-08, 11:06 PM
I hope that if you are serious about buying a V2 that the dealer would let you drive it. With that being said I would think they should be able to tell a serious buyer from a joyrider.

EricVonHa
09-29-08, 01:04 AM
go to the test drive in your Caddy, Vette or high powered German import, and you will be viewed favorably for a test drive.

If you go there in your Kia ? Forget it!

Art138
09-29-08, 09:40 AM
My contact at Bayview Cadillac in Ft. Laud claims that if you have a current V, they will allow a test drive provided a salesperson accompanies.....

RightTurn
09-29-08, 10:41 AM
If they want to sell me a car, they will "allow" a test drive. The End.

bruff1977
09-29-08, 11:05 AM
I may not be able to pick up my V2 immediately once it's delivered. That being said, if my dealer allows ANYONE to test drive it, the deal is off. I gave my salesperson specific instructions and my deposit justifies my request.

Cadillac Tony
09-29-08, 05:38 PM
If the car is already spoken for, a test drive is absolutely out of the question. Our technicians are required to test drive all new cars before we sell them to check for quality, tire balance and operation, but they never hot-rod them. I'll be calling several of my customers who are "on the fence" about the new V to come in and look at Chris's when it comes in, but sitting in it or driving it is strictly out of the question.

As far as units that are actually being offered for sale, I recommend dressing halfway decent and acting professional. I'm not speaking specifically about myself, but I will tell you that most Salespeople or Managers are less likely to let a person who looks like a joyrider take the keys to a 556hp car- here's what can happen when joyriders test drive fast cars: Audi R8 in a canal (http://jalopnik.com/5039330/audi-r8-jumps-into-roadside-canal-cant-swim)

If you drive up in a decent car and act like a serious buyer, most places should be happy to let you take it for a drive. If you pull up in a crappy Civic wearing dirty jeans and say "Grab the keys to that V- let's go see what this baby'll do!!!", you might not be so successful.

csp3000
09-29-08, 10:54 PM
If the car is already spoken for, a test drive is absolutely out of the question. Our technicians are required to test drive all new cars before we sell them to check for quality, tire balance and operation, but they never hot-rod them. I'll be calling several of my customers who are "on the fence" about the new V to come in and look at Chris's when it comes in, but sitting in it or driving it is strictly out of the question.

Thats right you can look all you want but you are not getting in or taking a ride in my 09 with out me...:yup:

Man I can't wait...:cloud9:

StangCrazy
09-30-08, 09:01 PM
If you drive up in a decent car and act like a serious buyer, most places should be happy to let you take it for a drive. If you pull up in a crappy Civic wearing dirty jeans and say "Grab the keys to that V- let's go see what this baby'll do!!!", you might not be so successful.

I must say I totally disagree with this statement. :thehand: I hate it when I walk into a store where I am judged before a sales person even says Hi to me.

They all think the same thing...young guy, dressed in a jeans, t-shirt, and flops can't afford anything here when the truth is, I spend 5 days a week dressed in $1000 suits, make a LARGE 6 figure income, and to be quite frank, on my two days off from work, I want to be comfortable and the above attire is comfortable for me.

I own a very nice house in a nice area, drive a decent car (08 Trailblazer SS) because it could tow my trailer and race bikes yet while giving me 400hp on a day-to-day basis. IF I am going to give that to my wife to drive and get the V for myself, I don't want to put on my pressed pants, polo shirt, and nice shoes and then drive my 2007 Lexus to the dealer just so I can be treated right.

Bottom line, it should not matter how you are dressed or what you drive up in; if it is a sales person is worth dealing with, they should ask enough qualifing questions to determine weather or not the person they are talking to is capable of affording the car they are looking at and then use their best judgement based off building a rapport with their customer to determine if a test drive is appropriate or not.

Sorry for the long post, but this is the story of my life and it pisses me off! :rant2:

Cadillac Tony
09-30-08, 11:01 PM
I hear you brother. Prior to getting into Auto sales I ran my own retail store in Orlando and made great money, but I had a ponytail and tattoos that showed in a T-Shirt. The same people who would fall all over themselves helping me when I was in my tie would follow me like a shoplifter when I had my hair down and my ink showing. I didn't mean to imply that prequalifying someone based on appearance is fair or right, just that it happens.

Every time a hot new performance car comes out, Dealers are inundated by joyriders who have no intention of buying, but just want to go peel out in someone else's car. The truth is that most Salespeople and Managers take your appearance into account when deciding whether or not you're one of those people, as well as whether to hand over the keys to a $60,000 vehicle. I wasn't implying that everyone who can afford one is going to go shopping in Armani, just that it couldn't hurt to toss on a golf shirt instead of the wifebeater before heading in to take a test drive.

atdeneve
10-01-08, 09:57 AM
There you have it, folks. Right from Tony's mouth. The V will be priced at $60,000. Yay!

Cadillac Tony
10-01-08, 10:40 AM
:thepan: :lol:

Cadillac Tony
10-01-08, 11:09 AM
Thats right you can look all you want but you are not getting in or taking a ride in my 09 with out me...:yup:

Man I can't wait...:cloud9:


You might have to change your signature again Chris, because your TPW date got moved up to 11/3. If it sticks, that means your car will get here mid-November instead of December.

:woot:

csp3000
10-01-08, 11:48 AM
You might have to change your signature again Chris, because your TPW date got moved up to 11/3. If it sticks, that means your car will get here mid-November instead of December.

:woot:

:cloud9::cloud9::cloud9::cloud9::cloud9:

CIWS
10-01-08, 12:19 PM
I'm not saying who, because they might get into some kind of trouble, but a local dealership has already offered me the chance to swap my STS-V for a day to drive an 09 CTS-V and see what I think of it. Now this will certainly be after all initial orders a filled and they have a car to do it with, but still a fair gesture.

Z06CTSV
10-06-08, 12:39 AM
My local dealer, that closed after Katrina. Let me drive three different V's (2 blacks, 1 silver) before I picked one. I would hope that the remaining local Caddy dealer would do the same. Good Luck...

bakersdozen
10-07-08, 11:28 AM
I must say I totally disagree with this statement. :thehand: I hate it when I walk into a store where I am judged before a sales person even says Hi to me.

They all think the same thing...young guy, dressed in a jeans, t-shirt, and flops can't afford anything here when the truth is, I spend 5 days a week dressed in $1000 suits, make a LARGE 6 figure income, and to be quite frank, on my two days off from work, I want to be comfortable and the above attire is comfortable for me.

Not to be mean my friend, but actions have consequences. Yes, it's a free country and you're entitled to wear what you feel is comfortable. However, society does have expectations that aren't going to change just to make you happy. If you want to test drive a $60k car, or eat at a fine dining restaurant, or attend the opera, don't expect to be able to waltz in with your grunge look and get the same level of attention and respect as someone who took the time and effort to dress appropriately for the occasion. Is it fair, no. Is it always the correct indicator of which person is the best customer, no. It is the reality, and not likely to change just because Gen X and Y like to be lazy and comfortable (and I'm in that catgeory so I can throw stones).

onebadcad
10-07-08, 05:39 PM
I bought my V at Ed Morse Sawgrass, they let me and my biz partner test drive it-he was heavier on the pedal than me. I bought mine there, just not that one:sneaky:.
If I could not test drive a car, I would not consider buying it. I saw a show on SpeedTV where Mekhi Phifer, he was a doc on ER (died a few weeks back) got to test drive a Ferrari 599 GTB for about an hour (he bought the car), not sure if they would let me do so,,,

BTW, Tony, I spoke to Chris today, he will be out of town when his car is delivered, so he asked me to pick it up, much grasses senor!

RightTurn
10-07-08, 09:21 PM
SHOTGUN!!!!!



heh.

HPCC
10-07-08, 11:03 PM
Not to be mean my friend, but actions have consequences. Yes, it's a free country and you're entitled to wear what you feel is comfortable. However, society does have expectations that aren't going to change just to make you happy. If you want to test drive a $60k car, or eat at a fine dining restaurant, or attend the opera, don't expect to be able to waltz in with your grunge look and get the same level of attention and respect as someone who took the time and effort to dress appropriately for the occasion. Is it fair, no. Is it always the correct indicator of which person is the best customer, no. It is the reality, and not likely to change just because Gen X and Y like to be lazy and comfortable (and I'm in that catgeory so I can throw stones).Yes, it's all about respect; if you want some, show some. True, they don't know you, but that's the point. Dressing decently while visiting a finer establishment--especially for the first time, shows that you respect the place and the people that work there and they would do well to treat you in kind.

csp3000
10-08-08, 12:49 PM
BTW, Tony, I spoke to Chris today, he will be out of town when his car is delivered, so he asked me to pick it up, much grasses senor!

:rofl::rofl::rofl: That was a good one Darren. But again if you want to get in my 09 I am going to have to be there.
It will be watched...:bananasplit:

Cadillac Tony
10-08-08, 12:54 PM
Gotcha covered, Chris.

http://www.ladonia.net/new_herald/wp-content/SecretSErvice.jpg

RightTurn
10-08-08, 01:29 PM
Is that TaVern? :coffee:

onebadcad
10-08-08, 03:16 PM
Gotcha covered, Chris.

http://www.ladonia.net/new_herald/wp-content/SecretSErvice.jpg



Those dudes are weaker than circus lemonade:thehand:, two-hit fight, I biotch slap 'em and they hit the ground. I will be there soon, make sure Chris's V2 is shiny and purdy!!!, oh, and a full tank of 101 octane would be gracious.

onebadcad
10-08-08, 03:18 PM
SHOTGUN!!!!!



heh.

You can drive it too:thumbsup:!!! We all can!!!

RightTurn
10-08-08, 03:48 PM
:woot2: Yay.

onebadcad
10-08-08, 04:15 PM
Woot! Woot! Everyone is invited, Tony is paying first-class airfares, six-star hotels, some of that there Filet Mignon, 21-year scotch and drifting in Chris's V2!!! It will be a great time courtesy of Plaza Cadillac----TONY ROCKS!!!

csp3000
10-08-08, 05:37 PM
Woot! Woot! Everyone is invited, Tony is paying first-class airfares, six-star hotels, some of that there Filet Mignon, 21-year scotch and drifting in Chris's V2!!! It will be a great time courtesy of Plaza Cadillac----TONY ROCKS!!!


It is now getting directly shipped to my house...:yup: But we can still have a party at my house as long as Tony is buying...:thumbsup:

Cadillac Tony
10-08-08, 05:47 PM
Woot! Woot! Everyone is invited, Tony is paying first-class airfares, six-star hotels, some of that there Filet Mignon, 21-year scotch and drifting in Chris's V2!!! It will be a great time courtesy of Plaza Cadillac----TONY ROCKS!!!

whut? :pwn: :suspense:


:lol:

Civardi
10-14-08, 11:43 PM
Woot! Woot! Everyone is invited, Tony is paying first-class airfares, six-star hotels, some of that there Filet Mignon, 21-year scotch and drifting in Chris's V2!!! It will be a great time courtesy of Plaza Cadillac----TONY ROCKS!!!

What no Vegas strippers?

onebadcad
10-15-08, 01:55 PM
What no Vegas strippers?

Not sure if Chris will appreciate sequins strewn over his new V2, so the inclusion of such will be added to the itinerary for the third evening/early morning of the week-long delivery process. Last day of the delivery process will include reservations for the Betty Ford Clinic.

RightTurn
10-15-08, 04:42 PM
WHAT??? No sequins you say? :dammit:

concorso
10-15-08, 05:03 PM
Sorry to go off topic and back to the V... :) Id have no problems buying a car thats allready been test driven by the dealer, as long as I trust the salesmen when he says it hasnt been beaten too badly... I mean, its almost hypicritical of me to say that I demand a test drive before purchase, but the car I purchase better not have been test driven. :)

Back to sequins!