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Was This Car Dealer Employee Really ‘Joyriding’ In A Corvette?

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If a recent CorvetteForum post is to be believed, the owner of a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette took the car into a California dealership and got more than just service out of the visit—he also watched a “joyride” by an employee. The owner never said whether the service was successful, either. Man.


The person claiming to be an owner had the car’s “Valet Mode”—which, on this particular car, shoots dash-cam video once the engine comes on—enabled at the time of servicing, and had to watch the car make a close call through a yellow light and get up to 83 mph nearby what looks to be residential area at one point during the drive.

Below is the video posted by the owner, which lacks audio but shows someone having a bit of fun:

In the post, the person claiming to have dropped the Corvette off in Bakersfield, California said dealership employees “offered nothing more than a rude apology to make it right” upon being told about the drive. From the forum post, which may only tell one side of the story:

GM Customer Care also would not help. They basically wasn’t their problem, take it up with the dealership. This dealership definitely does not take care of their customers, especially Corvette customers.


It’s understandable to be upset upon seeing someone on the clock take risks in your car, but considering the vehicle and personally coming from the great state of Texas—where any speed limit under 75 mph feels slow—this video doesn’t strike me as particularly “joyride” like. But, really, anything could be considered a joyride when it’s done in your car by a person being paid to drive it.

Either way, you’d think the people working at the dealership would remember that Valet Mode exists by now.

H/t to CarScoops!

Staff writer, Jalopnik

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Flavien Vidal

Seems like a random 5 minutes test drive to me... A couple of short accelerations to test the car and back in the shop.