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Old 05-10-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Safety Prep + Dealership Tech driving new cars for 5 miles???

Looking into purchasing a WRX this weekend, just delivered and already have the saleswoman holding it so it has ~5 or 6 miles on it and she says
"It has not had its safety prep through the shop yet and that involves a 5 mile or so drive by the tech who preps the car"

Is this normal? Why would they have to drive it for 5 miles for safety prep??? Is this some kind of buffer answer so if she decides to let people take it out for a test drive I won't know? I'd be most upset by that because she said as a main selling point vs. the other dealers that it was fresh off the truck and it wouldn't even have test drive miles on it. I of course would understand a new car getting test drive miles but this sounds fishy...

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Old 05-10-2006, 10:04 PM   #2
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They have to drive the car first. It's a common thing for liability issues.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:05 PM   #3
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Never heard of it. Our WRX had 7 miles on it when we got in to test drive it, and the Legacy had about 30 miles. So it could be true.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:11 PM   #4
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Yep, perfectly normal.

Our's is only about 4 miles (nice loop that includes a section of freeway, some rough pavement, a few turns and a ****load of stop signs).

Basically the tech drives the car to make sure it drives o.k. Better to have it act up on the tech prior to sale than when you are driving it home for the first time, right? They usually gas it up on the road test as well.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:40 PM   #5
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the factory does some tests on the vehicles and then ships them out, at least that's what I heard.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:46 PM   #6
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They have to drive the car first. It's a common thing for liability issues.
I'd sign a waiver.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:04 PM   #7
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Yeah, I don't really see a need for putting another 5 miles on the car... I can come back if it's not working properly... after an extensive drive of my own ... under 4k
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:14 PM   #8
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Seriously, its 5 miles. Not that big of a deal.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:23 PM   #9
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Seriously, its 5 miles. Not that big of a deal.
Usually I would have pity on the "anal" car enthusiasts but ^^^^^^ +1!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:06 AM   #10
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Usually I would have pity on the "anal" car enthusiasts but ^^^^^^ +1!!!!!!!!!!
The point was I was curious if the saleswoman was just covering herself in case she wanted to show the car to some unscrupulous test driving type and was then being deceitful to do so. 5 miles w/e if that's actually protocol, less 5 miles I have to drive until I hit 1000
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:44 AM   #11
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The point was I was curious if the saleswoman was just covering herself in case she wanted to show the car to some unscrupulous test driving type and was then being deceitful to do so. 5 miles w/e if that's actually protocol, less 5 miles I have to drive until I hit 1000
well, I can tell you that I work at a dealership and have for the past 2.5 years. Every car that we've gotten in has gone thru prep and has been driven, if there is a problem with the car as soon as they get it in and it's identified the manufacturer takes care of it.
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:44 AM   #12
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The point was I was curious if the saleswoman was just covering herself in case she wanted to show the car to some unscrupulous test driving type and was then being deceitful to do so. 5 miles w/e if that's actually protocol, less 5 miles I have to drive until I hit 1000
well, I can tell you that I work at a dealership and have for the past 2.5 years. Every car that we've gotten in has gone thru prep and has been driven, if there is a problem with the car as soon as they get it in and it's identified the manufacturer takes care of it.
No, she wasn't covering herself...procedure



EDIT: WOW!! I ninja editited in the last sentence and got 2posts outa it
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:44 PM   #13
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alright, sounds fine by me, thanks Draven
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:49 PM   #14
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Draven, What's the average milage of cars coming in to your dealership? I'd
think there would be at least a mile or two on the odometer when it comes off
the truck. I'm curious because when I picked up my car, it had 3 miles on the
clock. I'm not certain that my car was even off the lot before I picked it up.
I saw it the day it came in but didn't see the milage. I only live about 15 miles
from my dealership but put 135 miles on it before I got home.

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Old 05-11-2006, 01:14 PM   #15
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Draven, What's the average milage of cars coming in to your dealership? I'd
think there would be at least a mile or two on the odometer when it comes off
the truck. I'm curious because when I picked up my car, it had 3 miles on the
clock. I'm not certain that my car was even off the lot before I picked it up.
I saw it the day it came in but didn't see the milage. I only live about 15 miles
from my dealership but put 135 miles on it before I got home.

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there is usually close to a mile little over, nothing is exact...too many variables.
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:16 PM   #16
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Its 5 miles... thats not making a huge difference. Id rather them put 5 miles on the car and find a problem than me having to spend valuable time in the service department to get crap fixed
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:20 PM   #17
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Dont work man. The tech probably only dropped the trans at 6k and smoked all 4 tires a few times. Probably only broke from 100mph to 0mph about 5 times. No biggie.
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:29 PM   #18
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Draven, What's the average milage of cars coming in to your dealership? I'd
think there would be at least a mile or two on the odometer when it comes off
the truck. I'm curious because when I picked up my car, it had 3 miles on the
clock. I'm not certain that my car was even off the lot before I picked it up.
I saw it the day it came in but didn't see the milage. I only live about 15 miles
from my dealership but put 135 miles on it before I got home.

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I don't know about teh Subaru's but 99% of GM cars (in Ok at least) hit the lot with 6-8 miles on them. i assume this was for testing reasons etc at the factory. Furthermore the dealerships I;ve worked at had a strict policy of no test drives on the luxury/sports cars. You buy, THEN you drive. I remember when we got the Z-06 in and even the owner of the lot wouldn't drive it. It was started, all functions checked(that could be without moving) and turned off without moving an inch. it was then rolled into the showroom floor and parked till sold. The first person to drive it was the owner AFTER he'd paid his $90,000
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:38 PM   #19
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When I went looking for my STi, all of the ones I looked at had exactly 7 miles on them...and this was in both california and AZ. The dealership test drive is normal, but you should be able to request that it not be taken. If they really want to do the test drive, ask them if you can ride along. If they are a good dealership and you are cool about it I doubt it would be an issue.
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the factory does some tests on the vehicles
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Old 05-11-2006, 02:24 PM   #21
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^^^ lol
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:04 PM   #22
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yea, one lap around the rally course.....
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:54 PM   #23
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At the end of the Pre-Delivery Inspection the techs I work with take car around the block which is about 2 miles. Its required.
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:16 PM   #24
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my sti had 3 miles on the ODO when it arrived on the trailer and 3 when I picked it up.
They did the normal tests( connecting the OBD2 thingy ), no joy testride.
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wow, that's pretty hilarious
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