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 Volvo, Hyundai, Subaru, 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.
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.