"CPO" can mean different things to different manufactures. I went and drove a "CPO" Volkswagen for my brother a few months ago. The car was dirty inside (pretty sure there were little ketchup stains on the interior carpet), the front brake pads were gone, and the car was just overall beat. None of that was obvious in the photos. I would have noticed the cosmetic stuff without a test drive, but the test drive was very revealing as to the car's overall condition.
In any event, I don't see any reason not to allow a used car test drive. If anything, it should be a much smaller deal than a new car. The car already has umpteen miles on it, what's a few more from test drives?
For me it is always need to do a test drive. Not to see performance or how it handles but to make sure there is nothing wrong with how it drives. My Uncle purchased a new Ford Explorer from a dealer after he test drove at another dealer (didn't have the options he wanted) and bought it sight unseen. He figured new car any issues would be addressed. The car had a major issue with the steering that Ford could not fix. It was something you noticed pretty quickly as it felt like the car would be wandering all over the road. So he had this car that would cause fatigue on trips for 100,000 miles and no fix in sight.
Other example is when my wife went to purchase her Sonata. The dealer had one on the lot that we wanted and when we test drove it we found the infotainment system didn't work. They argued we could purchase it and they would fix it later. We said no, walked away and purchased the car down the street for the same price after a test drive.
While I understand things can break or not work the test drive is the only chance you have to find these up front.
Maybe if I was buying an expensive Sports car I could see not being allowed to test drive it but other than that for me no test drive no purchase!
Short of some super exotic collectable, I wouldn't (and haven't) ever buy a new, used, or CPO car of any sort without at least a short test drive.
Heck, I get annoyed enough if the sales person rides along, or worse, needs to drive it off the lot "because of their insurance."
And the age thing--I look about 10 years younger than I actually am, and in my professional role get judged for it from time to time. It's not winners that are doing the judging.
1) Tesla doesn't have enough sales staff to give used car customers the time and attention required to allow a test drive of a specific vehicle.
2) Because Tesla doesn't follow the dealership model, Tesla has their used car inventory at multiple service locations and sales locations. They don't want to ship a car from place to place for test drives as that would be costly for them.
3) Tesla is a disruptor and they can do whatever they please in the name of market disruption. Even at the customer's expense.
Um , no I won't and haven't. When then , don't attack me , EVO X returned I wanted one . But the dealerships wouldn't allow test drives . I understood they didn't want random joyriding . But not when I drive onto lot in an 07 Eclipse Spyder GT Loaded . Not like I pulled up in a beater backfiring . So , no sale for them . So , they sat and sat and sat ....
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Bought my 996 off BaT without a test drive first. It had the right options in the right condition for the right price, and I was willing to fly out to get it. But I feel like I did my due diligence by getting a PPI, inquiring about questionable things up front, and the seller / BaT did a good job documenting the vehicle history with detailed pictures of the car and service history and receipts. Also checked the seller's history, who had a positive reputation. It made me confident enough top pull the trigger. Sure enough, the car drove exactly as advertised.
For daily driven stuff, a test drive is a must for me before buying.
Dude is a douche.
Tesla should offer test drives.
I wouldn't buy a used car sight unseen unless it was from a very trusted source and the car was rare. My dad bought his '55 Austin Healey sight unseen out of Australia. First time we saw the car was when we opened up the shipping container and that turned out well but we knew and trusted the guy representing the car and it's a very rare car.
Does "we don't allow test drives without a contract" count?
I tried to drive a C63 a few years ago at a 'high end' used car dealer and they said no test drives. The old crazy Euro salespuke even told me that he'd had some guy come in and almost get in a fist fight over the policy.
Whatever. I moved on. Screw that crap.
New halo/special edition car? maybe, but they better have one they use for "test drives". An Audi dealer wouldnt let me test drive their RS3 unless I was ready to sign paper work. That I understand. But a used car that already has miles on it? Absolutely not.
have walked into audi/porsche/bmw and test drove new and cpo without a bat of eye. local porsche dealer offered to have me take the vehicle home for the day/night since my wife was busy and could not check it out. (should have bought it ).
local dodge dealerships was no go for test drive on a durango SRT (but offered r/t ), walked over to jeep side and no issues with their SRT
walked into a vw dealership for a new R32 and no test drive. still bought it.