Reason why I’m curious, is because last weekend, I stopped by a local used car dealership, to test drive a car (that wasn’t mine, or a friend’s) for the first time: A 2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback. I know, I know, nothing special, but I’ve always liked first gen 3's and would seriously consider replacing my Camry with one. - Especially after driving one.

Being only 19, I was a little nervous going in, because I thought I’d get laughed at or turned down. I’m glad that the dealer I stopped by was so genuine and accommodating - not what I expected. When I asked to test drive the 3, at first he was a bit hesitant, because he said that they typically don’t do test drives under 21, but he said that I seemed like a “sensible young man” and gave me the keys.

After test driving the 3, and now feeling confident, I remembered that there was also a Toyota dealership down the street...

I decided to stop in, not at all expecting to test drive anything. I walked in, asked a salesman if they had any Camry brochures. He goes and grabs a brochure for me, then we start getting into a conversation about why I was in the market for a Camry. I explained to him that I wasn’t in the market, but I just wanted to “check out” the new Camry. Since they didn’t have a Camry in the showroom for some odd reason, he grabbed some keys and took me outside to look at a 2018 Camry SE. After starting it up and looking around, he asked if I wanted to test drive it. I was quite shocked when I heard him say that, and immediately told him that I didn’t want to waste his time, since I had no intention of buying. He assured me that it was not a waste of his time and that they weren’t busy at that time.

So, of course, I accepted his offer and test drove the 2018 Camry. To be honest, I guess I was so surprised that I was even allowed to test drive a brand new car, I didn’t really pay much attention to how the thing drove.

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What did surprise me on that test drive, was how clueless this salesman was about the 2018 Camry. He mentioned that it was only his 4th day, but I mean come on. As a salesman, when I ask some thing as simple as, “Does this have LED headlights?”
(It did). I don’t expect to hear: “Huh. I don’t know.”