Sunday 25 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike
Hands up who’s ever test driven a car or test ridden a motorbike? I guess most of us have at some point or another, either in prospect of purchasing a new car (be that new new, or new to us), or perhaps for a business lease.
Ok, now hands up who’s told little white fibsters in order to ‘have a go’ just for the sheer hell of it when you have some time to kill?
Dunno about you, but I have to say yes to the first bit, and guilty to the second. You hear about some folk viewing real estate as a sort of hobby, well I am a self-confessed serial vehicle tester 🙂
All achieved with a disarming smile, a passion for the product and some honesty laced with a healthy dash of BS, the simple notion of “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!” really does work (some, if not all of the time anyway).
Over the years I have tried out vehicles as diverse as fully-dressed Harley’s to Mini Coopers, from a Mercedes sports coupe to a Transit van, from the latest Motto Guzzi to a reconditioned Daimler, and numerous others to boot.
At the end of the day, most sales folk are driven by the stars on the monthly sales chart in the managers office – and the remunerative effect of securing deals – so if you seem genuinely keen, possess a valid licence and can pull off an air of having the readies, the test driving world is your oyster!
Living in rural Turkey, the opportunity for such adventures are few and far between nowadays, but I have managed to test three Chevrolet’s, two Citroen’s, and last year added a rather nice Opel and a Mercedes to my list, so not too bad.
We are off to Ankara soon, so you never know… maybe I can add to the Opel/Mercedes – but from different dealerships of course. With my wife and outlaws being notorious connoisseurs or addicts of days spent roaming large shopping malls, I now just drop them off and return five hours later, and either read a book or head off to seek adventures elsewhere 🙂