• Nov 30, 2012
Actually, it's not Rick Wagoner all by himself, but the ex-GM chairman is working with a team of tech entrepreneurs who make up Tred, a new test drive concierge service. Tred is still in beta, but the idea is that you pick the cars you'd like to test drive, schedule delivery by concierges who are working to get positive feedback from folks like you and then try out the vehicles you're considering on the roads you know.

There's been good in-roads for Tred in the Seattle area for both dealers and shoppers. How Tred manages to convert a delivery service that's asking for feedback into actual profit will be something to watch. Ask our auto-test fleet people, delivering cars is a time-intensive undertaking that requires people and insurance above and beyond the lot attendants at most car dealerships. Also, dealerships themselves can offer this kind of service, especially a multi-line dealer group, and they've got a book full of relationships from which to start.

In other words, Tred may have a long road to ... tread. We'll be watching.


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK Wagoner, I would like to sample some cars made from around the world: Monday Japan- Lexus LFA Tuesday USA- Mustang GT500 Wednesday Germany- Porsche 911 turbo Thursday UK- Jaguar XKRS Friday Italy- Ferrari F458 Please have each one ready at my house by 8:00am with a full tank of gas.......
        RUDEBOi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Please send us your Flight Itinerary showing that you will be present on Monday in japan, Tuesday in USA, Wednesday in Germany, Thursday in the United Kingdom, & Friday in Italy. Please be sure to include an address and a phone number where u can be reached, so that we can send you a very special "PACKAGE" in the mail and add your phone number to our spam list. Cheers Wagoner!
          RUDEBOi
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RUDEBOi
          @MF: i'm aware of what he Implied. Read it the way he wrote it and you find the humor in my answer. But as i was being WHOLLY sarcastic i figured that would have been taken in context. Apologies for the confusion! ~R~
          MF
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RUDEBOi
          pretty sure he means cars from these countries, not being in the countries himself
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        I would like to sample: Monday Japan- Nissan GT-R Tuesday USA- Mustang Boss 302 Wednesday Germany- BMW M5 Thursday UK- Mclaren MP4-12C Friday Italy- Ferrari F458 That is all.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, why did this guy work for GM when he was clearly named after a Jeep?
      Luis Vendrell Dumeng
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be happy if they dropped off a lexus LFA for a few hours. They will get hours of feedback that same day.
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      SERIOUS QUESTION: Does anyone actually do test drives anymore? The last few cars I've bought have been bought through the internet sales dept, confirm transfer, drive off. Dealerships are a dying breed, give it 10 more years.
      joeski
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is something to this. I loth taking a test drive with a salesperson. I want to take the car for an hour or two by myself. Drive it on all road surfaces or take it on my daily commute or however you use your car daily. This is why I kept with Lexus, I schedule a appointment to test drive new cars. Meet with the salesperson take a quick spin with them so they can go over the features then they let me go for a couple of hours. It's worked every time! I'm not sure this will work in all situations. But when I went to some other dealerships, they didn't allow this, and this was for lesser priced cars?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see how they can screen out the tire kickers and joy-riders from the serious buyers. It will just become joyride central.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      baldheadeddork
      • 2 Years Ago
      And while they're unloading the car you can get approval on a mortgage with his other new venture, Trytech.
      SYE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wagoner must be bored with counting all of the money he stole for running GM into the ground. Go play golf old man
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