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User currently offlineMirrodie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1195 times:
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OK, we are going to be test driving a few cars and, well, we want to put them cars on the open road.

But we want to be able to assess these cars without a salesman in the car with us. My mom says that you can sometimes request that. That true?
Can you just walk into a dealership and say, "we want to test drive this car alone?"

Also, I have an 1990 Buick with a clothed ceiling. Over the weekend, it began to bubble out in some parts. Any quick ways to fix that ?


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User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

I don't know about the first question. But you can buy a spray on adhesive from an auto parts store that is made just for that purpose. But I guess and spray on adhesive will work.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

I think the first question is totally dependend on the dealer or salesperson. I'd say that for the vast majority of cases, they wont agree to it, and give some policy reason as to why they can't do that. In any case, I test drove a car today with a salesperson and I didn't mind it. What is it you need to do without the salesperson in the car?

User currently offlineRacko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

In Germany, you have to leave your passport and your car/some money (which you get back if you come back of course) at the dealer and then you're allowed to a test-drive alone. Same procedure at Audi, VW, BMW and Mercedes.

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

I had a salesman let me do it but the car was a Miata and the only way my dad could go with me was without the salesman. We did get lost and they almost called the police too.

User currently offlineWatewate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1146 times:

It should be no problem unless you look really young or irresponsible. However, don't ever get duped into putting down a desposit for a test drive.

User currently offlineSkystar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1140 times:

What I've found in Australia is that most modern dealers are happy to let you drive the car on your own, unless you request them to come along.

It's old fashioned it seems to have the salesman come along.



User currently offlineJwenting From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

I've never had a salesperson in the car with me during a testdrive.
Usually all you need to leave is a copy of your driver's license and a signed paper handing the car over to you for the drive (just so they have something to track you down if it disappears).
A time for returning the car is agreed upon and you get the key (normally an hour or so, depending on how many others want to try it).
If the model is unfamiliar, a short introduction of the controls is customary.

User currently offlineL-188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

To fix that headliner, you just need some contact cement. Usually that is all that it is, fabric glued to a piece of cardboard.

Not quite sure how you are planning on getting the glue under the fabic without first pulling it all off the headliner very carefully.

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

The headliner problem is probably being caused by moisture. You may have a leak in your windshield.

User currently offlineMirrodie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
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Thanks all for your input.

I'm on Long Island. So the test driving alone is because I want to be able to drive the car, observing all the minutiae without someone in my ear the whole time. Honestly, you hear so much abou the car before you ever enter it, so I like to put it on a highway and on a few ramps, take it up to speed and see the cars' powering and handling and road noise. So that's my motive.

As for the roof, AW, you might be 100% on the ball. I think I left the windows open the last few days and the NY humidity may have done it. Grazie!

mirrodie says THANKS ALL!!

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