There will be a lot of bad decisions in your life, choosing a car shouldn’t be one of them. Test driving a car be a nerve wrecking experience. How do you know it is the right car? What if you like it on the lot and drive, but hate it when you get home? Here are some tips to help you make a sound decision while test driving a new vehicle.
Do Your Homework– If you have a certain model in mind research your choice online. What is the gas mileage? What size is the engine? What options are standard and which ones do you have to pay for? These are all questions you should have answers to before test driving.
Do Try Different Roads– If the dealership will allow it try different roadways. Especially the highway. You should also try it on country roads so you can test the car’s suspension and handling.
Do Test The Brakes– Make sure they are functioning and not pulling to the side. Also there shouldn’t be any noises like crunching or squeaking.
Do Inspect The Interior– Check the radio, windows, wipers, and lights. While these may not keep you from buying the car they are things that should be fixed before purchasing. You shouldn’t have to fork money out to fix things after driving off the lot.
Don’t Forget To Ask Questions– If possible have a list of questions with you. If you are buying a used car you will definitely want to ask if it was in an auto accident and when the last upkeep was done. There is a big difference between a little old lady driving it on Sundays and a speed demon driving it all day. Ask questions!
Don’t Rush Your Test Drive– You are going to have this vehicle for at least two years so make sure it is definitely what you want. Some recommend that a test drive should be at least 45 minutes.
With these tips your test drive should go a lot smoother and your car buying experience even better. Know what you want and what you are willing to pay before even stepping on the lot.