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I was just told by my dealer that my car is ready but that the dealer must test drive it for 40 miles before I can pick it up. He also told me that this is per Fisker's instructions to dealers. Have any of you heard this before? Just wondering if my dealer is looking for an excuse to drive around in my car:dodgy:
 

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I have to admit, sounds kinda fishy. I would give David Harris a call and see what he says. His number is on the thread "Dharris we see you."
 

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karma1 said:
I have to admit, sounds kinda fishy. I would give David Harris a call and see what he says. His number is on the thread "Dharris we see you."
This does sound odd. I wonder if the dealer is using this excuse to use your car as a demonstrator. Definitely ask for confirmation from Fisker.

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I think that after quite a few customers having encountered software glitches, Fisker has now demanded that dealers do a thorough(er) check of each car before delivery, including a long test drive. That will give a higher chance of discovering any bugs than when they take the car for a spin around the block.
 

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Dutch said:
I think that after quite a few customers having encountered software glitches, Fisker has now demanded that dealers do a thorough(er) check of each car before delivery, including a long test drive. That will give a higher chance of discovering any bugs than when they take the car for a spin around the block.
Possibly, but I would not be happy to get a new car with 40 miles on the odometer. Given the option, I would take car and do my own testing. And in any event, if the dealer encounters a software glitch, they can't really fix it. All they can do is report it to Fisker and wait for the next update.

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This is exactly what I had been told by my dealer weeks ago. I didn't mention it because it seemed logical to me and was unaware that others did not know this.
 

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Possibly, but I would not be happy to get a new car with 40 miles on the odometer.
I have picked up several Mercedes from the factory in Germany. It is not unusual for the factory cars to have up to 40 miles on them from fine tuning the suspension. A bit different than the dealer doing the testing, but the 40 miles would not bother me.
 

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karma1 said:
I have picked up several Mercedes from the factory in Germany. It is not unusual for the factory cars to have up to 40 miles on them from fine tuning the suspension. A bit different than the dealer doing the testing, but the 40 miles would not bother me.
@Karma1: I would not have a problem with that either since the factory technicians can actually do something about whatever problem or issue they discover during the test drives. The dealer driving around for 40 miles is pretty useless, IMHO.

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My dealer told me the same thing before my car was delivered. They called me to ask if I consented, which I did.
 

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My dealer rep has said that he would see if I could do the initial driving with him, since I live in the same town as the dealership and see him on a fairly regualr basis.
 

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Here is my dialogue with Fisker on the subject of the 40 mile test drive:

ME: Is it in fact the case that Fisker Automotive has asked their dealers to drive the Karmas for 40 miles prior to delivery to customers? If so, why?

FISKER: Fisker Automotive has never specifically requested our retailers to test drive each vehicle for at least 40 miles. Each vehicle is looked at individually, case by case. With that said, each vehicle goes through a PDI test at which point depending certain issues that may have arised, some vehicles are further test driven to establish whether the issue has been resolved or not.
 

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The vehicle I picked up on Saturday had 12 miles or so on it.
 

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I picked mine up with 50m on the odometer. I was told the car would be test driven but without any specifics as to the mileage.
 

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Urojet said:
I picked mine up with 50m on the odometer. I was told the car would be test driven but without any specifics as to the mileage.
My car had 8 miles on it when I picked it up yesterday. I think the dealer decides how much test driving to do before releasing the car to the customer.

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Mine had 105 km (65 miles). The dealer apologized for that. He said they do quite some testing on all cars before they deliver them.
 
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