Web Exclusive: More people skipping the test drive

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(CNN) - If your weekend plans involve some car shopping, you're not alone.  Auto sales numbers that came out late Thursday show many major auto manufacturers had better sales last month than they did in April of last year.  Now a new survey looks at how we're buying those cars.

It's often said a car is the second most-expensive thing we buy, after a house and Kelly Blue Book says we're paying more than we did last year with the average price for a light vehicle now running at $32,141 dollars, almost 400 dollars more than we paid in April 2013.

So before you spend that much, you want to take a spin behind the wheel, right?  New research says maybe not.  A study by auto marketer DME-automotive found that one in six car buyers chose to take no test drive.  One third only tried out one car. And potential shoppers are doing their share of looking around but they're doing so online. 80% of people use the internet, visiting 10 auto websites and they only go to about 1.6 dealerships before they buy.  A decade ago, they checked out five car lots.
Researchers found the most likely test-drivers were people under the age of 35, those who may be a little more excited about buying a car.  Women were the most likely to skip the test drive -- 19 percent avoided it, compared to just 12 percent of men.


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