Can I go on a test-drive without a car salesman? Do I need to go to a car dealership? We hear those questions a lot, and as it turns out, the answer is no! Well, at least in relationship to test driving a car. In most major cities, manufacturers conduct test-drive events that allow you to test their cars against competitors. It's done in a single place without the pressure and hassle of a car dealer.
Our tips to make the most of these events are to go on a Friday, go early, don't just drive the car you think you're most interested in, don't expect apples-to-apples comparisons since the manufacturers will be likely to make their cars better equipped, and make sure to drive as much as you can.
Also, make sure to read the Edmunds article "5 Tips To Make the Most of Test-Drive Events" Video.