Hate scheduling test drives by contacting a dealership? Do you fear walking onto a car lot? Apparently Amazon and Hyundai feel enough people do, because they’re teaming up to arrange test drives where the car comes straight to the person.
Before you jump on Amazon.com to schedule a test drive, know this service is only good for the Los Angeles area. You also must be a Prime subscriber. And only the Elantra is available for a test drive. Dealerships shouldn’t worry too much, because the partnership is only lasting until the end of August. After that, car shoppers will have to venture onto lots again.
Nobody will be buying a Hyundai through Amazon. They’ll still have to haggle with dealers over the particulars of the deal, so Amazon is just arranging more convenient test drives. This is obviously a pilot program, so no word on if it will continue later.
This isn’t the first time Amazon’s been involved in delivering vehicles to people. In Japan, the company’s been selling BMW i3s since last year.