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My local UK dealer insisted on coming along on the test drive which is a real pain as he didnt stop talking and wanted to dictate the route. It felt like a driving test :evil: He also got extremly edgy when I took the car home to try it in the garage. What's everyone elses experience on your test drives, did the salesman come with you ? Apparently its dictated by the dealerships insurance policy. I've looked into hiring a CH-R for the day as would like to drive it alone for a day. Another Toyota dealer 30 miles away does this so will have to give that a go.
 

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Same here spent all his energy trying to be my pal. Didnt shut up, but I was responding and do have amazing stories.

One guy also kept resetting the mpg on the centre console like I wouldnt notice.

Both didnt know how to change drive modes. One even denied it had a sports mode. Useless.

They let me take a rav4 out on my own when busy and not convinced I was buying as Im scruffy.

So if they dont know the car Id say better off without unless theres something in particular you need to be shown.
 

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They do not deserve your business. My experience at my dealer last Friday was, I could arrange to drive any Toyota Demo, for any time, on my own. They simply log your details on-line from your licence, you take a copy of the printed out insurance and approval document with you (just in case) and off you drive. Whole thing took maximum 15 minutes to set up at the dealer, including the introductory chat. No pressure just drove off and did what I wanted, obviously respecting their trust in me. Gave them my feedback today. Now discussing next steps.
 

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Here in Holland I never heard it that a sales person drives along.
You leave a copy of your driverslicence and sometimes sign a form of own risk of €250 in case of an accident inflicted by the driver.

But that's it.
 

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Salesman came the first time, but I told them I wanted the car on my own for at least fours before I would make a descision. No problem, on the second test drive they let me have the car as long as I liked
 

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My salesman came with me but I had already pretty much decided that I would buy the car anyway. We got on really well and ended up talking about all sorts of things, I'm no stranger to the sales patter and just told him what I could afford and was prepared to pay and we came to a deal.

My local Toyota dealer has been very very good, great staff and very helpful with my cars, I had a new engine put in my old Avensis without having to ask, they rang me and said there was an issue and my engine would be replaced immediately.
 

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I went to two local Toyota garages both run by the same firm. One salesman insisted on coming along, the other just gave me the keys nad told me to bring it back in an hour ( took copy of licence).
 

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In Lithuania they ask if you want them to go with you. I personally asked to. I told them I want to try motorway and really rough terrain so we drove for an hour all kinds of roads. On myself I wouldn't have known such bad roads existed in my city :D
 

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Germany's the same as Holland, copy of your licence, etc. I did two test drives, one on the first visit in town, which lasted as long as I wanted it too and then I arranged a second so that I could take it on the motorway and for longer.

Although in my experience Salespersons rarely know everything about the car, which always amazes me :eek: I always find that me as a punter know more than the so called expert.....
 

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Mine was most definitely with! I didn't even get a look at the key till I'd paid for it!! It's only my second 'new car' so thought that was the norm! :-(
 

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My local dealer just gave me the keys after copying my licence and left me to it. Was very relaxed about the whole thing.
 

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My sales guy came along but as I had already got the car on order it was more of a question of familiarising myself with the car and the differences with the Prius.

In fairness the guy had been on the course the previous week so he did know what he was talking about, plus the fact that he was taking every opportunity to ride/drive a C-HR that he could - and who could blame him? I think that as they had only had the car for two days he was not too keen on letting it out of sight!!
 

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I had two test drives, the first with the salesperson who was very relaxed and allowed me to chose the route, and the second I was allowed out on my own. Only drawback the first drive was in a highly spec'd Dynamic and the second in a basic Icon.
 

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My test-drive was organized in 5 minutes and no documentation was necessary. Maybe because my car stayed with them for servicing helped a bit, but I had it for a full day alone in December.
 
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