Driving a car is just one of many steps in the car buying process. Consumers who like to spend lots of time on this important step will want to check out the Avis and Budget car rental group’s new program dubbed the Ultimate Test Drive.
All cars available for sale can be located on Avis’ and Budget’s site. The cars are located at rental offices where consumers can kick the tires and choose between two test drive programs. The first option is a two-hour drive, which is free of charge regardless of whether you purchase the car. The second choice is a three-day test drive that’s free only if you purchase the car afterwards. Decide against the car and you’re responsible for a “nominal rental fee” (both test drives require filling out rental agreement paperwork).
Regardless, either option should provide ample time to get to know the vehicle as opposed to a typical test drive that usually consists of a trip around the block and a few minutes on the freeway. Two hours should also give you plenty of time to take a car to your local mechanic for a quick inspection.
The purchase transaction is handled through AutoNation Direct, a subsidiary of the national car dealer group AutoNation. All cars are offered with no-haggle pricing, which is good news if you think the $15,155 2011 Suzuki SX4 available in the L.A. area is a good deal.
What do you think about the Ultimate Test Drive program: Will Avis and Budget see quicker sales of off-rental vehicles or be stuck dealing with those out for a two-hour free drive?