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Test Drives of my past.
We seem to have lost the other sales guys and gals that used to post here so this may be a short lived topic.
I quickly learned when I was in the business to not enjoy going on test drives and my store required us to go along which is actually a smart idea.
People usually behaved themselves but there were times I thought I might die.
I learned that newcomers to our country and anyone with an International Driver's License were the WORST! I would keep these people off the freeway and on a VERY tight leash.
I was never in an accident but three times that I remember I made the driver pull over and I drove back.
I really enjoyed the "testers" that would jerk the steering wheels back and forth or take their hands off the wheel and tell me IT PULLS TO THE RIGHT on a crowned road. Not a pull but a slight drift as all cars will do.
I had a predetermed course that gave them a lot of driving conditions including a short hop on the freeway, a nice hill to test the power and a road with some gentle curves. This was usually enough to
make them happy but sometimes they would get creative and want to do things like drive fast over
speed bumps or make tight circles over and over in a parking lot.
Then there were the bratty kids and people with B.O. so strong I thought I would vomit.
I once had a lady ask to drive a used Prelude and we did. A LONG, creative test drive on a busy Saturday. When we got back I asked her if she wanted to proceed.
" Oh, I would NEVER buy a red car and the back seat is too small"
Funny, the color didn't change during the demo drive and the interior didn't shrink.
Then there were the people who would test drive four cars and tell me..." Oh, I'm not in the market at all, I just wanted to see what they were like...I've never driven any of those"
I had a Microsoft executive waste an entire Saturday driving cars and grinding me to death on the price. This guy fooled me and I didn't get fooled easily. His credit was so bad he couldn't have bought the steam off a hot dog.
Or the people who would coyly conceal the fact they had a trade only to spring it on me after a long ordeal and the deal was done. I could usually smell these coming " Oh, I'm selling it to a neighbor".
Trade get's sprung the seller wants 5000.00 more than it's worth or owes 7500.00 more than it's worth.
Ah...now I feel better! Sometimes I miss the business but a visit to the Prices Paid Forums or thinking about some of the bad things quickly sets me straight.
I do miss the people I worked with and most of my loyal customers. We worked hard but had a lot of laughs and good times too!