Are you looking to purchase a new car? Doing your research is crucial in making sure you are getting a vehicle that fits your needs, and also to make sure you are not overpaying for a car. Along with being well informed, making the most of your vehicle test drive is also very important. Here are some do’s and don’ts for the next time you get behind the wheel and test drive a new car.

Test Driving Do’s:

Do Your Homework Ahead of Time

Before you go to test drive a car, be sure you do your research and learn as much as possible about the vehicles you’ll be test driving. Get familiar with the car’s specifications, like mileage and engine size. Learn about the options that come standard with the car, and any upgrade options available. Have any questions you have about the car ready before you get to the car dealership.

Inspect the Interior

Whether the car is new or used, testing the features of the car is important. Turn the lights and wipers on and off, open and close the windows, adjust the seats, test out the radio, and try out any other features inside the car.

Check the Gears

Be sure to test out all the different gears when driving the car, going both up in gears and down.

Test the Breaks

Use an appropriate stretch of road to make sure the breaks are functioning properly. They should pull the car up straight with no noises or pulling to one side.

Drive on a Variety of Roads

Drive on freeways, back roads and windy roads to test the vehicle’s handling, suspension and speed. It’s also a good idea to try to car during the day and also when it’s darker out (if possible) to test the vehicle’s headlights.

Test Driving Don’ts

Bring Your Family Along

You don’t want to bring the entire family along to a test drive, especially if you have small children. They will only serve as a distraction when trying to make the most of your test drive. Do, however, bring along a spouse or partner who is sharing in the decision- making process. If you are purchasing a vehicle on your own, it’s still a good idea to bring someone with you.

Rush Your Test Drive

Plan ahead and make sure you allow plenty of time for your test drive. You may even want to think in advance about the route and roads you would like to take the vehicle on. Don’t let the sales person rush you when test driving the vehicle.

Let the Salesman Dictate the Route

Make a map or plan a route ahead of time on a GPS so you are in control of where you test drive the vehicle. Don’t liket he saleman determine where you’ll be test driving the car, as you want to make sure you are able to test the vehicle on a variety of roads.

Let the Salesman Distract You

Salesman are there to ultimately sell the car, but it can sometimes be distracting if they are going on about the vehicle’s features while you are driving. If this becomes a distraction, politely but firmly let them know you’d like to focus on the test drive. It is better to wait until they have your full attention to learn more about the vehicle’s features.

Forget to Ask Questions

Make a list of questions you’d like to ask ahead of time, so you are prepared. It’s also a good idea to takes notes on the vehicle, and follow up later with any further questions you may have after your test drive.

By following these do’s and don’ts on your next test drive, you’ll be sure to make the most out of test driving a vehicle. You’ll feel confident that, if you do ultimately decide to purchase the vehicle, you are making the right decision.


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