Test Driving a Car During a Pandemic
It wasn't until the last few months, when my current car ended up in the shop twice within a few weeks, that I decided I'm in the market for a new vehicle. The question is, how do you go about doing so during this pandemic?
Now I would suggest shopping online and inquiring there before you contact the dealership. I did just that and actually ended up seeing a few cars I might be interested in at a few dealerships. I got to decide the price range and the exact car I wanted to test drive before I even got to the dealership.
At all three dealerships I contacted, you had to make an appointment to come to the showroom. This was to ensure they could help you right away and reduce the number of people in the showroom at one time.
Two out of the three dealerships had plexiglass at each sale person's desk. Each one let me test drive the car I wanted by myself. It was my experience in the past that I always had to have the salesperson with me.
Masks were worn the entire time and all three dealerships. I felt pretty good about my experiences at each of them. Two out of the three had disinfectant wipes or antibacterial lotion in the car. Luckily I had a travel-size antibacterial with me.
One observation I did notice was that all three dealerships were actually pretty steady. Lots of people are buying cars right now and it appears there are some incredible deals to be had.
If you're in need of getting into some new wheels, I'd say it's pretty safe to do so – just do your homework and call ahead.
I hope to get into my new ride this weekend.