One MSC has in their guidelines to not do the test drive alone. So how are we supposed to have control over that? Many times the salesperson is busy with other paperwork or phone calls, or even selling to another customer when you arrive at your appointment, and sets you up with a car to test. Sometimes they don't even tell you they won't be accompanying you until the last second, when they say sorry I can't go, I have a call to make... or they just say have fun - take as long as you want!
The least I've ever done a car shop for is $40 (the no-test-drive one bonused up), and I probably won't do one for that again, even without a test drive. I got a chatty salesperson who had to tell me everything about the car, so I was on-site for an hour. Otherwise, I'll do them for $50, minimum, but have done one for $75. I like doing them, but they can be time-eaters. Depending on how far the dealership is, I like to get at least $60.
I've always had to take a test drive because they always ask, and the salesman always comes with me. I have had salesmen recommend another car, especially if my first choice isn't to be had, guess they train them better in CA....just sayin'. I think many people shop around before buying a car to get the best deal, so salesmen are used to "trying" to sell, and getting lookelou's.....
Can't believe people are getting $40 to $60 on car shop. In my area they never go above $20. I did a few and stopped.