Well, here goes another one of my stories:
On four occasions, I have crashed a car that I was road testing;
First one in 1976, it was a legitimate road test, I hit a car that took my right of way. We fixed both cars, minor damage to both.
Second one in '78, I was backing a car off my rack and the throttle went to the floor! I crashed into the service drive pillar with both feet on the brakes! It still hit pretty hard. The customer had declined some work that would have prevented that.
Third one in '82 I had just finished a PDI and test drove the car on my loop of about 5 miles. It was raining and I was on my way back, when a woman driving a Nissan 310 made a left turn in front of me. That car should have been totaled, but they fixed it and sold it as a demo.
Fouth one in '88 I was on a legitimate road test that the manager told me to do, before we call the customer to pick their car, a woman ran a stop sign and hit me on the right rear and spun me around. I actually saw she wasn't looking and tried to accelerate out of her way, I almost made it.
These are just for me! I could tell stories well into the night about others in our shops!
So,...I know that things can happen, and you do risk something happening to your car when you take it in. This is why I go through the trouble that I do to try to avoid a lengthy road test in the first place. Don't do anything stupid with someones car. Get owners permission, in writing, before any lengthy road tests, for me or the tech.
2015 Cadillac SRX Premium(current wifes car)
2003 Silverado(SOLD 12/2019)
2002 Infiniti Q45(traded in on SS)
1988 Mazda RX7-Anniversary Edition
1986 Mazda RX7 Sport(race car)
1983 Mazda GLC(race car)
1973 Mazda RX2(race car)
1981 Mazda GSL(bought new)
2007 Cadillac STS-V
1999 Cadille Seville STS
1995 Cadillac Eldorado
1990 Cadillac Eldorado
2002 TransAm Firehawk
1977 TransAm - Black and Gold Bandit Ed.
...that's far enough
Last edited by willy92; 07-16-2019 at 06:31 PM.