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How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

Finding a reliable car is something everyone wants to do. Test drives are one of the best ways to test reliability so you know whether or not you're getting your money's worth. Let’s take a look at how to make the most of your test drive.


Take a Friend Along



When you're trying out a new car, it can be hard to know whether or not it's going to be a good fit for you. You're making a big decision, and there are many factors that go into it, like the size and feel of the vehicle and how much it costs. Taking a friend along can help you get an unbiased opinion.


Be Prepared



Before you head out on a test drive, make sure you're prepared with these four things:


  1. A list of questions to ask the salesperson
  2. The stats of your current vehicle, so you can compare driving experiences
  3. A camera or video recorder, so you can take pictures or record your thoughts about the test drive
  4. A pen and paper (or laptop), so you can write down important information about the car's features and options that you discover during your test drive.


Plan the Ideal Route



The ideal route for the test drive should be short, and it should include different types of roads. The test drive should be conducted in a safe area with minimal risk of accidents or injury.


Inspect the Car Thoroughly


When you are test-driving a car, it is important to inspect the vehicle thoroughly. This is your chance to make sure that the car is in good shape and that you're ready to work with it.


Here are some things you should look for:


  • Check the engine compartment for leaks and oil stains
  • Make sure that all lights on the dashboard are working properly
  • Look under the hood for any signs of rust or damage
  • Check all gauges for accuracy and make sure everything is working properly
  • Look at all tires for wear or damage 


Test All the Cars Features



During the test drive, you should take the car out on roads that are familiar to you. This will give you a better idea of how the car handles in your normal driving conditions. You should also take note of how well it functions in different weather conditions, such as rain and snow, as well as how well it performs at different speeds.


In addition to these things, make sure to test all of the features of the vehicle during your test drive. This includes everything from air conditioning to Bluetooth connectivity and navigation systems. You should check out all these things in order to make sure they work properly before purchasing a new car.





Hopefully, we've given you some good ideas to work on. Make a list of these handy tips before you take a test drive, and see how much functionality your new car has. Then take note of the ones lacking, and see if you can sway the dealer to a hard bargain.

Categories: Car Purchase FAQ