Having good credit is essential to many financial milestones of life. Good credit is needed for things like renting a nice apartment, buying a house, getting a business loan, even some employers check the credit history of potential employees. However people do not usually associate good credit with test driving a car; financing a car sure but a test drive?
It looks like a new trend is starting to develop among dealerships. If you want to test out their flagship cars then better be ready to have your credit run! User “aj996tt” of the 6SpeedOnline forum (lets call him “AJ”) from Texasfound out the hard way. See, AJ was in the market for a new car. Hes a family man so he had a few trucks and SUVs on the top of his list but he kept his options open for sports cars as well. On his list of potential sports cars was the upcoming Corvette Stingray and the current Nissan GT-R
He stopped by one local Nissan dealership to check out the GT-R for himself. The staff at the dealership seemed to be from the “pinky ring and gold chain” crowd as AJ described it but the manager was nice and gave him a quick tour around “godzilla. Unfortunately, the weather was bad that day so he never went on a test drive.
Later, he was contacted by a sales rep from the Orr Nissan dealership in Corinth, TX. The rep invited AJ to check out a 2013 GT-R they had in stock. The listed price seemed like a good deal so AJ took them up on their offer and went out to the location of the car which was actually a good 50 miles away from Corinth, in Greenville, TX.
Once he reached the location he was told only a manager could show him the car. Once he finally met said manager he immediately informed AJ he could only test drive the car after filling out a credit application and being approved for financing. AJ promptly expressed his displeasure of being subjected to a credit check for a car he wasn’t even sure he wanted and then left the dealership after some choice words were exchanged.
AJ happened to have a friend who works in the legal dept at Nissan corporate and she informed him that the “credit before drive” policy is something being adapted by many OEMs with their dealerships. AJ says he has never been asked to do such a thing when shopping at Mercedes or Porsche dealerships. Frustrated, he vented to his fellow forum members.
Many users agreed that the practice smacks of “poor business etiquette” and that they have never been subjected to such a thing in their past dealings. However a user “YellowBull” who also happens to be a GM of a dealership chimed in and made some good points.
YellowBull’s take is with a car like the GT-R which is just as popular with young broke college kids as it is with affluent older adults, dealerships need to take measures to weed out the “tire kickers” and joy ride seekers, from serious buyers.
But AJ was a serious buyer and the whole experience has turned him off to GT-R’s period. What do you think? Would you be willing to submit a credit application to test drive a GT-R? Or do you think its wrong for dealers to demand such a thing from customers, even if it is in regards to a high-dollar sports car?
GReddy continues to make GT-R owners very happy with a continuous turn out of performance improving awesomeness. The newest choice on their menu is a High Flow Fuel Rail that promises to improve fuel flow over the stock unit by increasing the inner diameter of the main fuel tube to 14mm. The connecting line to each bank has also been bumped up to 10mm. This should be more than enough room to feed your hungry GT-R no matter what your air/fuel mix is. Nice work Greddy!
The sound of COBB Tuning’s GT-R time attack car is pure music! Check out this in car video of driver Brian Lock’s hot lap of Spring Mountain Motorsports Park at Round 8 of the Redline Time Attack series.
If you’re looking to tighten up your Nissan GT-R’s handling beyond factory levels then you should probably pay a visit to COBB Tuning. They just released these new adjustable end links to help sharpen steering response for various conditions and situations. The best part is they will bolt right up to the OEM sway bar with no modifications needed. The only catch is that COBB did a super limited run of the endlinks and once they’re sold out they will not re-stock. So get them while you can!
When the new Nissan R35 GT-R was released its transmission became a topic of controversy as some speculated it wasn’t up to the task of all the horsepower Nissan blessed it with. Since then Nissan has addressed the problem but if you want a little more insurance Greddy announced on their blog that they’ve just released a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) cooler for Godzilla. The set up even comes with a special duct to send air to the cooler’s 13-row core. This is good news for GT-R owners out there who like to drive a little harder than the user manual suggests.
Here is a short flick from SP Engineering that features the Nissan R35 twin-turbo kit by Greddy which allowed them to build not one but two record-breaking GT-Rs! Its worth the time to check out; trust me!
I just saw the news on COBB Tuning’s blog that AMS Performance’s Nissan GT-R equipped with their SR850 performance package broke the 10 second mark which officially makes it the fastest R35 GT-R in the world right now. Check out the record breaking pass below.
Let’s face it as great as the Nissan R35 GT-R is, its backseats are pretty much useless unless you are younger than 10. Despite this fact they are inundated with leather and plushy stuff under said leather. Nice to look at but utterly useless! What’s the solution? Rip them out and replace them with these FRESH carbon fiber seat deletes by Password:JDM. These deletes were carefully shaped to perfectly fit the contours of the rear seats and are made from 100% dry carbon fiber. I wonder if there is a way to transform these things into bar stools?
A’PEXi is officially on the GT-R bandwagon now and I mean that in a good way. They’ve stepped up their classic “RS Evolution” exhaust to create the “RS Evolution Extreme” or “RSX” for the GT-R. It has beautiful 4-into-1 piping and some flamed exhaust tips to finish the look. The MSRP is about $3,400 which sounds like a lot at first but actually isn’t so bad when you compare that to the price of other GT-R exhausts. Hopefully A’PEXi will post up an audio clip of this unit in the near future.
I know, I know another GT-R product. I’m sorry but I can’t help myself. The car is just so damn cool and so far everything I’ve seen for it is pretty freakin’ sweet too. Check out this front lip by C-West. I wouldn’t expect them to be able to pull something off that is aggressive but isn’t over the top. Looks nice doesn’t it?