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I tried to test drive a BMW i8. I was told, "Sure! Come on down." When I get there, I was told, "We don't have it available. We only have the one on the showroom floor. Or we don't let customers test drive them unless they have bought it." This occurred at three different dealerships in Los Angeles. So, I didn't know if it was because I was a woman, Black, or I just looked like I couldn't afford a BMW i8. I figured it was the price of a HOUSE! Why wouldn't I get to drive it? $140,000 is a lot of money to spend on looks alone. One dealer did let me "TEST RIDE" it.
When I leased my i3, I passed the time spent waiting on the finance guy, by exploring the i8 that was on the showroom floor.
After they checked my credit and saw that it was "as good as it gets", I asked about the i8 and I was told that I could buy anything at this dealership, and that I could take the i8 for a test drive anytime.
That being said, I have no intention on buying an i8. Just because I might have the money, does not mean it would be a prudent move.
I can't see myself ever spending that kind of money on a car, period. I'd rather buy an airplane,... oh wait, I already did that.
I think that once a dealer knows that you are capable of buying or leasing one, they will be willing to let you test drive it.
If they don't do that, then everyone will be stopping by to take a spin in it.
When I was in my first year of college, I stopped by an Audi dealer in Texas. I was sitting in my favorite car at the time, an Audi Quattro.
I was just checking out the interior when one of the salesmen came up to the car and said to me, "...you don't look like the kind of person that could afford this car so I'm going to have to ask you to get out of it,..."
Needless to say I was speechless. Never had anything like that happen to me before.
In the years following that incident, I have often dreamed of becoming insanely wealthy, then going back and purchasing that dealership just so I could fire that salesmen. That experience drives me to succeed to this day.