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Difficult to get a test drive

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I put a deposit on MDX 2022 and arranged that i would come for a test drive later. I’ve been not able to do so yet. The dealer finds new and new excuses to skirt the appointment.
I feel that all this situation with “chip shortage” made the dealers and manufacturers somehow arrogant. A friend of mine just bought a Lexus GX and was bragging about the great deal he got by shopping around and driving 100 miles to get a better deal. His deal was “only” $2000 over MSRP while the local dealership was asking $10,000 over MSRP.
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After looking at several different manufacturer (BMW, Acura, Mercedes, Lexus) and dealer sites, finding out that some manufacturers have gone to "regional sales only" models (BMW in my area says can only buy from local dealer, so even if dealer in another city 50 miles away has what I was looking for, they cannot sell if I don't live in their "region"/city) and determining for others such as Acura, the listings in my area "pre-sold", I decided to order a 2022 MDX Type S at my local dealer. They had one that was going to be delivered that I could look at and they had another demo that I could drive (the only demo they had was a Type S). After I drove it and loved it, I asked the GM if they ever sell the demos. Of course they do and it just passed the 60 day demo use period, so I bought it with 2,000 miles and $1,500 off. They cleaned it all up and I picked it up the next day.

I do understand the test drive discussion. Glad I had this opportunity.
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