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    Default Turned down for a test drive

    So I went to South Bay Land Rover yesterday to test drive a RR Sport SE. The salesman refused to let me drive it because according to him, they don't get many in and if they let anyone test drive, their trucks would have over 200 miles on them.

    Is this a normal occurrence? I selected this dealer because according to cars.com they have over 20 RR Sports in stock so I would have never thought they didn't allow test drives.

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    Did they check your credit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonSav View Post
    Did they check your credit?
    Nope. I would not go that far without a test drive. I've test driven plenty of cars worth the same amount without a credit check.

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    Call before you show up. You will have a better chance.
    Personally I only have been refused a test drive once and it was at aston martin dallas.

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    Go elsewhere. You can't be expected to buy a car without driving it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonSav View Post
    Call before you show up. You will have a better chance.
    Personally I only have been refused a test drive once and it was at aston martin dallas.
    Will try that next time.
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    Go elsewhere. You can't be expected to buy a car without driving it first.
    Exactly

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    Bring a brief case of cash and "oh, well I guess you guys don't want this then...." next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by owned4u View Post
    Bring a brief case of cash and "oh, well I guess you guys don't want this then...." next time.
    LOL. Great idea.

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    There are plenty of high-end dealers that don't allow test drives. There has to be a certain level of filter; otherwise, Joe Blow 1/2/3/etc. would rack up miles. My credit has been checked for a GT-R test drive. I don't consider a GT-R high-end, but it's 100% understandable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H J View Post
    There are plenty of high-end dealers that don't allow test drives. There has to be a certain level of filter; otherwise, Joe Blow 1/2/3/etc. would rack up miles. My credit has been checked for a GT-R test drive. I don't consider a GT-R high-end, but it's 100% understandable.
    Agreed, If I was going to a high end car dealership and they asked to check my credit before a test drive I'd have no problem with it. Imagine being the GM/owner of that dealership, how would you feel if you had to give everyone who came in a test drive? That would make the cars value go down drastically.
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