Easy win: $160 in Visa Gift Cards for test drives

Both a family member and I are in the market for new vehicles, and as such I’ve visited a few dealer websites as of late. I’ve come across several test drive incentives at various dealers — which led me to poke around and see some others I could find. At the moment, I see offers from VolvoHyundaiSubaru, and Polaris. If you did all four, you would come out with $160 in Visa gift cards.

For the record, I always use a Google Voice number with this kind of thing (discourages a lot of dealers as soon as they call and have to give a name and gives me the ability to easily screen the calls or ditch the number if they annoy me too much). YMMV with how much follow-up is necessary to receive your gift card — occasionally these deals go smoothly and you get the gift card as expected a few weeks after driving. Other times, you need to follow up several times with the dealer and/or tweet the brand on Twitter for help and/or contact corporate or the BBB. However, if they go smoothly and you have some dealers nearby, it could be easy money. Check the fine print of the offer, but most just require that you show a driver’s license and proof of insurance (though I can’t ever recall being asked to show proof of insurance).

I found each of these offers by simply going to a dealer’s website (any dealer seems to work) and then clicking “New Inventory–>View New Inventory” or “All new inventory” or something like that. Most dealer websites are very similar.

Then, as soon as I went to scroll the list of inventory, I got the following pop-up offers (again, not dealer-specific — I did them at multiple dealers and different parts of the country):

Volvo: $50 Reward Card (Amazon, Visa, or Nordstrom)

 

Hyundai: $40 Reward Card (Amazon, Visa, ?)

 

Subaru: $25 Prepaid Reward Card (Visa)

Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: $25 Reward Card (Walmart / Visa / ?)

 

Polaris Slingshot**: $20 Visa gift card

**I assume that the Polaris offer requires a motorcycle license in order to test drive. This one has a direct link — click the image above to go to the offer. Hat tip to Doctor of Credit on this one.

Bottom Line

This is a pretty easy win if you don’t mind telling the dealer no. Some dealers are easier about this than others — I’ve read some reports where the dealer won’t even make you test drive, but there is some paperwork that needs to be done. If you’re going to take advantage of the offer, I’d suggest taking the vehicle out and at least feigning some interest in buying. If you’re truly in the market for a car, there’s no reason not to take them up on an incentive. And if you buy a Volvo, check out the Overseas Delivery Program. It looks like fun, even if it’s not the best value anymore.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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    • I would imagine doing this would take less than an hour. Even if you are employed, doing test drive for volvo would net you $50. Thats $50 an hour. So unless you make over $104k a year, it is absolutely worth it

      • How would you like to double your money Jake?

        Blog and post your test drive showing it takes under an hour to go in and out and I’ll pay your another $50. A few stipulations. You have to go through the whole process without rushing or walking out on the person helping you. You can be stern and straightforward as much as you want, but you can’t be an ass and rush or walk out on them. No editing the video to prove time length.

        I’ll be waiting for your sub one hour video and looking forward to paying you $50.

  1. I test drove a Hyundai in response to a similar offer a few months ago and I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time with a similar offer. Fulfillment was completely up to the local dealership. I completed all of the necessary steps but they never submitted the paperwork I left them with. I called and emailed to follow up and neither the salesperson or the contact person for this program bothered to return my messages. I came away wiser but very frustrated at the waste of time. There was no recourse with Hyundai. If the dealer doesn’t come through you are out of luck.

    • That’s a bummer. I read some similar stories about the last Hyundai promotion. Did you try tweeting Hyundai? I saw over at Slickdeals that some users reported tweeting Hyundai and the local dealership and getting the situation resolved pretty quickly that way. Too bad — it shouldn’t have to be that way. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

  2. I love test driving cars for incentives. Test driving cars for Visa gift cards is one of the best legal methods available to get extra cash in your pocket. Bank sign on bonuses rank higher. Now is the golden age of that.

  3. As someone who found the Hyundai experience last year frustrating (lots of annoying calls and emails and actually getting the gift card required several follow-ups with the dealership), I was wary about doing another “deal”, but I decided to do the Volvo offer, since there is a dealership on my way home from work, and I wanted to look at one of their cars anyway. This experience was much better, from the low pressure approach in the dealership to having the gift card fulfillment email in my in box minutes after I left the dealership. I don’t know if Volvo dealerships generally are better than Hyundai dealerships, but the Volvo dealership I visited handled this promotion well.

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