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I haven't purchased a new vehicle in about eight years, times obviously have changed drastically since then.

To make things even more interesting we're dealing with a very limited run vehicle. I realize that these aren't going to be sitting on dealer lots for long, if at all.

Is it unreasonable to expect a test drive prior to signing everything and driving off the lot? Or are we expected to just rely on press release opinions?

I know on paper this is what everyone wants, but that doesn't always translate to the driving experience.
 

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I haven't purchased a new vehicle in about eight years, times obviously have changed drastically since then.

To make things even more interesting we're dealing with a very limited run vehicle. I realize that these aren't going to be sitting on dealer lots for long, if at all.

Is it unreasonable to expect a test drive prior to signing everything and driving off the lot? Or are we expected to just rely on press release opinions?

I know on paper this is what everyone wants, but that doesn't always translate to the driving experience.
You might be able to test drive a vehicle you reserved depending on the dealer but a lot of Yaris owners I’ve seen just bought it, some traded it in after a couple months realizing it was essentially a quicker basic commuter car (which a hot hatch is in ways)
 

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I dont think you're going to be able to test drive one, theres long waiting lists for it so they're pretty much all sold for at least the first year. Our dealers are not doing wait lists or deposits yet, so conceivably they could bring in a demo model for the floor and tests, but theyd have to take a hit when it comes to selling it. Would they want to do that versus a guaranteed sale at full MSRP? At most they'll have one out on the floor for look but no touch.
 

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Yup, wouldn't expect a test drive. Dealers would be taking on risks/decreased profits when they wouldn't have to. Realistically, if you get one and don't like it after you drive it for a month you can sell it for the same price.
 

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No way you’ll be allowed/offered a test drive. When I bought my CTR new in 2018 I asked and they said ‘no test drives period’. If you don’t like it you can bring it back and we will ‘unbuy’ it from you (whatever that means). And the GRC is getting way more hype than the CTR was back then. Just my $0.02
 

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No way you’ll be allowed/offered a test drive. When I bought my CTR new in 2018 I asked and they said ‘no test drives period’. If you don’t like it you can bring it back and we will ‘unbuy’ it from you (whatever that means). And the GRC is getting way more hype than the CTR was back then. Just my $0.02
I remember there was a whole bunch of people who sold it too because it wasn’t what they thought. Lol Same thing happened to the Yaris, but everyone gets hung up on the rave reviews
 

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Figured this would be the case.

Guess I will be relying on savagegeese and other youtubers.
I am really looking forward to youtuber reviews of this car, especially

Savage Geese
The Straight Pipes
Throttle House

And of course Doug Demuro so we can find out how cool the car is because he found a hidden Toyota logo under the seat 🙄
 

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I am really looking forward to youtuber reviews of this car, especially

Savage Geese
The Straight Pipes
Throttle House

And of course Doug Demuro so we can find out how cool the car is because he found a hidden Toyota logo under the seat 🙄
I look forward to their reviews when they get a car outside of the event. During the last ride along the cars were understeering and people were saying “you can feel the car rotate like a RWD car.” Lmao

Usually true car analysis comes out after the events. A lot of these people are pretty openly living off the hype.
 

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I am really looking forward to youtuber reviews of this car, especially

Savage Geese
The Straight Pipes
Throttle House

And of course Doug Demuro so we can find out how cool the car is because he found a hidden Toyota logo under the seat 🙄
True, and I'm interested in what Doug thinks of the car compared the GR Yaris. I think Doug's the only reviewer on that list that got to drive one.

During the last SavageGeese livestream, Mark said they were looking to buy one if they could (which they said they very much doubted). For as skeptical as Mark and Jack get, that statement took me by surprise.
 

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True, and I'm interested in what Doug thinks of the car compared the GR Yaris. I think Doug's the only reviewer on that list that got to drive one.

During the last SavageGeese livestream, Mark said they were looking to buy one if they could (which they said they very much doubted). For as skeptical as Mark and Jack get, that statement took me by surprise.
Jack’s trying to get one, Mark is trying to get a Type R for a comparison
 

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I have bought a few cars without test drives, most notably a Gen I TT-RS and a Gen III MINI JCW. Both were custom orders and they were delivered to me with minimal transport mileage. I am not expecting to get to test drive the GRC unless the they let me take the one allocated to me for a brief spin.
I think no test drive cars are more due to rarity than cost. I bought a new 991 911 in 2012 and test drove three $100K+ cars at two dealers before picking one. My longtime Audi salesman let me solo drive a $170K R8 V10 with only 12 miles showing because he knew I wouldn’t abuse it.
 
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