Drivelist is a new startup service that aims to take the hassle out of buying a new car via a simplistic booking system that brings the vehicle straight to your door. You can even shove your kids in or test-drive a luxury convertible.
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Developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s business accelerator program INCUBATE, Drivelist is an online car booking service that attempts to make the test-drive process more useful and less time-consuming.
Customers can tee up test-drives with participating dealerships by selecting from a range of available car models on the Drivelist website. You then request the preferred time and place and Drivelist delivers the vehicle straight to the location of your choice, for free.
In addition, the dealer who delivers the car will perform a curbside walkaround while pointing out the car's key features. They'll also talk you through the interior features of the car once you return from your test-drive.
"Drivelist lets customers skip the showroom pressure, by trying out cars on the roads they know best," explained Drivelist’s managing director Shane Herft. "Last week one of our first customers used us to find out whether the SUV she wanted would fit in her garage."
The service is supplied free of charge to the driver and you can select from a dizzying array of models including deluxe sports cars. You can even "load it up with the kids or the things you travel with", according to the Drivelist website. Test drives generally last around an hour.
As you'd expect, the service requires proof of a valid driver's licences to comply with its insurance and safety regulations. We also recommend carefully reading through Drivelist's terms and conditions before you sign up to the service. That said, if you'd prefer to test-drive a new car on the roads you regularly use, this seems like a pretty good solution.