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Post by crosgor on Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:58 am

I contacted the above with a view to buying a new, new van on asking for a test drive I was told that it was not possible as they didn't want to put mileage on it. I suggested that I could drive the same model which was nearly new and was again refused as it is their policy not to put mileage on any van
 Is this a general rule or just particular to them?
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Post by Roopert on Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:34 pm

I've never come across that before at a dealer's. I would not have bought my current van (bought brand new) if I had not been allowed to test drive it.

Having said that, I've come across a private seller who would not allow me to test drive - all I did in that case was to make an AA inspection a condition of sale, knowing that the AA would not complete an inspection without being allowed to drive it!
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Re: Tyne Valley Motorhomes

Post by Dbvwt on Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:54 pm

I’m not sure if this is similar but I bought my unregistered Symbol before Xmas with 12 miles on the clock and just took it for granted that a test drive wouldn’t be allowed.
With this in mind I had already made sure beforehand that a Symbol was the right van for me.

It still feels wrong though that you can’t test drive something that you might actually want to buy.


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Post by crosgor on Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:13 pm

With a bit more persuasion we are to be allowed to drive the van after all.
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Post by Bobskate on Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:24 pm

If it's a new van you presumably have had a good look round at what is about and decided what is best for you. When I picked up my new van it had 12 miles on the clock. As a buyer of a new van I would expect very few miles on it. It is for that reason that the vans are delivered by low loader from AS. Imagine a dealer up north having the vehicle driven from the factory putting 150 miles on the clock then having a few prospective buyers having a trial run, it would not be long before it had 500 miles on the clock thus reducing the value. No longer a new van. This was explained to me by the dealer and I understand his position. Having said that the first van I bought was second hand and already had 14k on the clock so a test drive was not an issue.
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Post by Pnefan on Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:44 pm

Dealers come up with strange reasons to avoid a test drive. When we asked a dealer for a test drive we were told it was raining and because the vehicle was clean they didn't want it to get wet. I would have thought with someone showing a great deal of interest in a MH it would have been worth risking getting it wet and having to dry it.
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Post by crosgor on Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:33 am

We turned up to Tyne Valley for the test drive and everyone could not be nicer or more accommodating, it seems as if my first contact got out of the wrong side of the bed that day.
Now wrestling with the spending bit.
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Re: Tyne Valley Motorhomes

Post by AndyLouch on Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:22 pm

Hi there, glad it worked out in the end for you. Personally, I wouldn't consider buying any vehicle without some sort of test drive! If the seller doesn't want to get a new van dirty etc. they surely should permit at least a test drive in a similar vehicle?
Although the van habitation layout etc. is very important (and something you can get a feel for on the forecourt!) you do spend a considerable amount of time 'up front' and I think driving position, ergonomics, and not least comfort is a vital part of running a motorhome.
Best wishes for your purchase, Andy
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Post by inspiredron on Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:36 pm

When I collected my brand new Lancashire in 201# I noticed that the odometer was at zero. When I mentioned this to the salesman he informed me that digital odometers have a just once zero option. It had been zero'd just before we arrived to collect it.

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