What Was The Most Nightmarish Test Drive You've Ever Been On?

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Being a car salesperson can be a tough job. I mean, you have to deal with customers, who you and I know are usually the worst kind of people. Then again, the sales people can have their own issues. I feel like no place makes these issues come out more than the test drive. What’s your horror story?


We’re talking about the test drive today and we want your most memorable stories, whether you were the prospective car buyer or just a sales monkey trying to seal the deal and get home at a reasonable time.

Personally, I can’t imagine being willing to go on test drives. I am uncomfortable with the idea of putting my life in the hands (and passenger seat) of an unknown person with unknown driving capabilities. You are already braver than I am if you do this for a living.

Did the customer speed dangerously and excessively? Did they crash? Were they pulled over? Did they vomit in the car? Oh, God, did they try to steal the car?

And on the other side of the equation: did the sales person do something batshit crazy? This is your space to vent. What was the most nightmarish test drive you’ve ever been on?

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.


Car Buyer here. Worst test drive I’ve ever been on was a test drive in a lightly used BRZ. The salesman had ZERO idea about the car and I had to correct him as I was trying to concentrate on driving and how the car felt.

No the car does not have an inline 4 cylinder. No it is not a “completely different car than the Skee-on.” Can you just shut up and let me drive? I’m planning on a ton of seat time in this car so let me try and decide if I enjoy being here....

I ended up not buying the car just out of sheer frustration.