Road & Track

The best auto show chatter happens when people let their guard down and just shoot the shit. After getting the lowdown on the new MINI Cooper and wide-eyed John Cooper Works, I hung around for a while with a few of the product specialists at their booth at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

There, I learned that MINI dealers have one surefire question they ask all owners to gauge their willingness to sell.


Not selling? No problem. It's still a perfect icebreaker to share stories about owners' driving adventures.

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