Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 21:05:57 -0800
From: "Ken Ferguson" <>
Subject: Re: Saab Dealer

When I was shopping for a car it was a usual thing for me to either let them copy my license or for a sales associate to come with me. If you owned a car dealership, would let a total stranger drive off with one of your cars without knowing how to find him or her when they don't return the car? I understand your concern about the personal info, but I guess there is a real problem with people not returning cars from test drives. They aren't worried about whether you have a driver's license, they are looking for a way to find you when you don't come back. Scott C <> wrote in message news:382cdbe0$0$ > I live in the San Jose area of California. There is only one Saab dealer in > this area, B&B Saab I think it's called. I went in to drive the Aero and > they wanted to make a copy of my drivers license. I told them I do not allow > this, but was happy to show them my license. They told me I could not drive > the car w/o making a copy of my license. I calmly left w/o driving the car. > > Here are my concerns... only 1 dealer in the bay area. BMW has 3 I think - > as do most others.. San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, Hillsdale, ... Saab only 1. > This dealer is about 40 minutes from my home and it's the closest one. Given > all the competition out there (and please don't tell me the Aero is "one of > a kind" and better than all others) the turning away of potential buyers > does not make sense to me. After leaving, I was thinking, I really don't > want to travel all that way anyway to get service... it's a pain. They are > not alone, Volvo is the same, but here there was no copying of my license, > just get in and drive... and very nice folks. But Volvo is even a little > farther than the Saab dealer. > > Anyone know what's with copying the drivers license? I think there is to > much info there to just give out to drive a car. I have no issue showing it > to the manager / salesman, but letting them make a copy to keep... not for > me. > > Scott > > > >

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