In Reply to: Test driven cars posted by Areg Sarkissian on August 10, 1999 at 13:10:01:
: Does anyone have any thoughts on ordering their car from the factory through the dealer vs. buying one off the dealers lot? My question pertains to the fact that all new cars have a break in period where they should not be driven hard. Yet people who test drive cars on the dealers lot push the cars(especially BMWs) to get a feel of the performance of the car. If a lot of people test drove, the car you bought, in this manner, is that going to cause the car to have more problems then one that has never been test driven? Could this be the reason why some people have a lot of problems with their new cars while others don't have any?
I believe the break-in period is there for a reason. I did not buy any of my cars with mileage for that reason. Many car dealers try to find the exact car you want on their lot, and have you drive that specific car hoping you fall for it. I always test drive a car I definately will not buy, for that reason. I push the car as much as I can to see how it performs under extreme conditions.
There may be cars, depending on the model you want, that are on a lot without miles. You may get lucky, otherwise, you will have to order one. It has been hell waiting for my car. It has been 3 months (new model year).