While you might assume this to be a rather unbelievable notion, in truth not all of Autobytel.com’s road testers are human. No, we are not trying to say that Autobytel employs an army of the undead to aid in your quest for the perfect new vehicle. Although you might be excused for thinking that way if you saw any of us before our morning dose of caffeine; looking like extras that just walked off the set off Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, not that we are going to name names.
No, the “not quite human” individual we are referring to that aids in the testing of our press fleet vehicles is a creature named Daisy Mae Hamel and she just so happens to be a 65 pound dog, adopted by one of our staffers from Boxer Rescue Los Angeles. Although Daisy Mae’s new family expected a girl Boxer ready for a Regis Philbin-style retirement replete of 20 hour naps, her opinionated and headstrong nature meshed with her insistence to join in on every car trip we took, creating what we believe to be the world’s first true canine car reviewer.
So after three years on the job, does Daisy Mae ever get excited when she hops inside a new car? Well, she did once refuse to get into a Smart fortwo (who can blame her?) however she absolutely fell in love with the 2012 Hyundai Veloster while spending a week in the back seat. So in case you were wondering, now the complete editorial staff concurs that this rather revolutionary Hyundai “coupe” truly deserved to be Autobytel’s most recent “Car of the Year.”
Daisy Mae’s talents for sniffing out the best back seats in the new car market have made her well known in the industry and she loves the entire staff at Autobytel.com—even the one guy who left his entire Star Wars DVD collection to his cat and the funny lady who lives with a horse. But don’t believe for a second that Daisy Mae is the only wild animal on the payroll here at Autobytel. She may receive her salary by the bowlful but after having ridden in over 250 new cars, trucks and SUVs since beginning her new car reviewing career there is one thing that truly can’t be denied—Daisy Mae knows best what dogs and their owners are looking for from a new ride.