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The irony of why they refuse test drives... (archive)

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Posted by SL on February 08, 2000 at 10:54:45:

In Reply to: People praise their cars (more + long) posted by Esteves on February 08, 2000 at 09:37:07:

One might wonder why they won't allow test drives in a S2000 (accompanied of course) when any Honda salesman will kiss a** beg you to test drive if you're trying to decide between a Civic and a Corolla. It's just another Honda.

The only reason I can figure is that it reduces the car's gouge price potential. People paying above list are being abused enough (and they know it) without the added insult of having to take a car that has been deflowered by demo use. But ironically these people paying over list are themselves buying a car based on what the trade rags say rather than really knowing whether they will like it. So they are having insult added to injury anyway you slice it IMHO.

My advice to anybody wanting to test drive an S2000 is to find one on a used car lot. YES there are some already because that's where I looked at one (salesman said test drive no problem if I came back when weather was better, but after sitting in it I wasn't interested anyway). They were asking $36K negotiable which meant you could probably buy it in the ballpark of sticker with 400mi. He claimed he "wasn't sure" how the dealership's buyers got hold of it. Could it be that somebody got rid of the thing after driving it 400mi? Go figure.


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