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Old 07-20-2019, 12:57 PM
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Oh. My. Goodness! DH decided itís time for me to get a new car, so we drove to Texas to look for one.
Test drive 1- hit a bird (I have NEVER hit anything!)
Test drive 2- I got pulled over!!! The car didnít have a sticker on it, and I got a warning for driving it! What?!? (I have only been pulled over once in my life! Iím too scared to see what would happen if I tried driving a third time.).

At first I found it kind of comical that I got pulled over. Now Iím just mad. I now have a warning on my record when I didnít do anything wrong! We even drove past other car dealerships to see whether they had a tag on the back, but they didnít either. It was very obvious that it was a brand new dealership car.


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Old 07-20-2019, 01:25 PM
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the dealerships have dealership tags that they stick on the back. It clips into the trunk and hangs down the back of the car.


I'm sorry this happened to you.
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:58 PM
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Don't think warnings show up on your record, but someone related to law enforcement might know better.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:56 PM
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Wasnít there a salesperson from the dealership in the car with you? Iíve never test driven a car without a salesperson without me. If so, couldnít they explain it was a test drive?

Regardless, I would be livid. That would be the end of any sale.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:01 PM
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Yes, the salesman was in the back. When I rolled down my window, he also rolled his down.

Officer: Do you have registration on this car?
Salesman: We're on a test drive. I work at Whatever Dealership. All paperwork is at the office.
Officer: So, you're the one I write the ticket to?
Salesman: Well, I hope not.

Then he asked me for my license. (He didn't ask for insurance, which seems odd. Not that I would have had it on me...) He was in his vehicle for awhile before returning with a warning for me to sign. Then he had the nerve to tell me good luck car shopping.


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Old 07-20-2019, 07:16 PM
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If I understand correctly, your warning is for you to make sure the dealership put their tag on the car before you test drive it. And the sales person, whose actual responsibility it is to put on the tags, doesn't get any consequence.

Here a warning doesn't go on your record and stays within the local department. If you are concerned, on Monday take a ride, in your properly tagged car, to the police department and ask to speak to someone about your "warning". You have a good argument to ask for them to rescind it.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:20 PM
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Or work it to get a better deal on the car. After all, you were humiliated and quite upset about the whole nasty business. That is ridiculous.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:27 PM
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The officer handed me a business card that something to the effect of "we appreciate your compliments or complaints" along with an email address and phone number. I'm going to write the email tomorrow as soon as I figure out what I want to say. I do know that I'm going to include the fact that my car will now be purchased in Oklahoma (where I live) instead of Texas. No sense in giving money to that town.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:38 PM
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Was it a written warning? If so, it will be on your record. If not, it won't. If it is written I would go to the dealership and see what they can do to help you with this. It is their fault. I am sorry about your bad experiences today.

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:59 PM
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Yes, it was written. I signed it and asked what else I needed to do. The officer said that was it and it was a record of the stop.


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Old 07-21-2019, 05:30 AM
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#1 mistake- you went to Texas
#2 mistake- you drove in Texas


Ive heard Texas police are hard on drivers.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:07 AM
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I wonder if the police officer has to write a certain number of tickets and warnings. I would be in the police station talking to the police chief. While it may technically be something to write a ticket about, it seems like a stupid thing to do to a person test driving a car. I also would have a conversation with cat dealership.
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