For most people buying a new car is one of the most significant purchases that they will ever make, often only second in cost to their home. What’s more, it’s a purchase that many are predicting will become more expensive over the next few months. So with so much at stake it’s important to feel 100% confident that it’s the car for you before you commit to buy. So far, so logical, but the standard dealership test-drive can only tell you so much. For example you’ll probably have the salesperson by your side who will be doing their utmost to play up the benefits and features of a particular model while glossing over any shortcomings that it may have. You’ll also probably be directed over a route by them – and one which will only last a few minutes. So most people would agree that this is hardly enough time to judge how a car performs in a number of different driving conditions. That’s why more and more people are choosing to hire a model … [Read more...] about Try before you buy – hire cars as an extended test drive
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2016 Scion iM 2016 Scion iM automatic Class: Compact Car Miles Driven: 158 Fuel Used: 5.1 gallons Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway Real-world fuel economy: 30.1 mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy: 28/37/32 (city, highway, combined) Base price: $19,200 (not including $795 destination charge) CG Report Card Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Room and ComfortB+ Power and PerformanceC+ Fit and FinishB+ Fuel EconomyB- ValueA- Options on test car: Floor mats ($185), wheel locks ($65), rear-bumper protector ($89) Price as tested: $20,334 Quick Hits The great: Dollar value The good: Fuel economy, front-seat passenger space The not so good: Not as sporty to drive as it looks Check out our Compact Car Best Buys The 17-inch … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2016 Scion iM (automatic)
2016 Scion iA 2016 Scion iA Automatic Class: Subcompact Car Dates tested: 10/26/2015 – 11/09/2015 Miles Driven: 427 Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 35.3 mpg Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway EPA-estimated fuel economy: 33/42/37 (city, highway, combined) CG Report Card Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Room and ComfortB Power and PerformanceB Fit and FinishB Fuel EconomyA ValueA Base price: $16,800 (not including $770 destination charge) Options on test car: None Price as tested: $17,570 Quick Hits The great: Dollar value, fuel economy The good: Handling, ride quality The not so good: Rear-seat and cargo space Check out Consumer Guide’s Subcompact Car Best Buys The iA is sold “as is,” … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2016 Scion iA
For job seekers who believe that driving new cars is a calling, there are a few avenues that might be worth your consideration. (Hans-Peter Merten/Photodisc/Getty Images) "If only I could get money for this," you might sigh as you cruise around happily on a gorgeous day. Well, you could. But there's a lot more to becoming a paid test-driver than just picking out any car you want and grabbing the keys. The easiest way to become a test driver is to join up with a mystery shopping company. These companies pay people to visit stores and other services, while pretending to be a regular customer, and report back on their experiences. Some mystery shopping companies even specialize in visiting car dealerships, so prospective mystery shoppers who really want those test drives can sign up with certain companies and can be selective about the kinds of assignments they take. Mystery shoppers and the companies that organize mystery shops sign contracts saying that they can't disclose … [Read more...] about Can you get paid to test-drive cars?
As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing extended test drives, spotting online scammers, and the best car for a tall teenager. First up: What if you want to test drive a car and really try it out, but the dealer only lets you do so for a short period of time? My wife is handicapped and has some difficulty getting in and out of cars. Sometimes, it’s not immediately evident how a car’s door sill or passenger-side floor pan will affect her for a few days after she’s banged her ankles or shins on the door sill while hoisting herself up and into the seat or while shifting her weight to get back out. We’ve thought about possibly looking for a short-term rental of the following cars to do the evaluation, but local dealers aren’t interested, and car rental companies don’t have these vehicles: Toyota … [Read more...] about How Can You Test Drive a Car For More Than Just a Few Minutes?