In Reply to: Test driven cars posted by Areg Sarkissian on August 10, 1999 at 13:10:01:
Areg, I am probably old-fashioned, but I have never bought a car off the lot. I have always special ordered. My dad was this way; probably where I learned it. I had to wait 3+ months for my 540i 6, but it was worth it. I didn't want to spend this kind of money on a car that some yahoo like me (or several!) had test driven. I asked my dealer not to wash it, not to let anyone drive it, etc. They delivered it to me dirty, with the sticker on it (odometer showed 1.8 miles). If any mistakes are to be made with the break-in or how it is maintained (I am trying hard not to make any!), I will be the one to make them. I know this sounds very compulsive, but so be it.
: 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?