7 Points to Check During a Test Drive

Test Drive Checkpoint 

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with the shiny new look and great new car smell when shopping for a new vehicle that you can easily forget the most important parts of a test drive. Much like shopping for a new home for your family, there are a number of very important points to consider very carefully from the moment you slide into the driver's seat.

From Start to Finish

If you really want to learn as much as possible about any vehicle you are considering, you should plan to allow for about half an hour for your test drive. Cutting down on this time simply doesn't give you enough time to get a good feel for the way the vehicle handles, how much you like the overall comfort and fit of the interior, and whether or not it has all of the features you want in your next vehicle. Here are seven very important factors you should consider during your test drive.

  1. How Does it Fit: If you are like most buyers, you will spend a lot of time sitting in the driver's seat, and so will your family in the remaining seating. Be sure to try getting in and out of the vehicle several times to make sure doing so will be easy under any conditions. When you are sitting behind the wheel make sure you can reach the pedals, steering wheel, and controls easily and without being distracted. Try all of the other seats or get your family to ride in them to make sure everyone will be comfortable.
  2. Get in Touch with Everything: Not only do you need to try all the features, you need to touch all of the different surfaces. Do they feel and look good or do they seem cheap? If you don't care for them on a test drive, imagine how you will feel in a few months or years.
  3. A Place for Everything: Before taking off, take a good look at how much storage space the vehicle has. Is there enough for your bigger shopping trips or luggage for that next vacation, if not consider another model.
  4. Time for a Ride: Now it's time to fire the vehicle up and go for a ride. Start out with a nice slow drive through town. Try parking it in a tiny spot and then backing out. It needs to be relatively easy to park and have minimal blind spots to ensure your safety.
  5. Go for a Cruise: Once you are sure that the vehicle is right for city driving, take it out on the highway. Does it accelerate quickly enough, and how does it downshift for passing? If not time to move on. If the engine sounds like it is working too hard for this or for your style of driving, you may want to consider a bigger engine or a different vehicle.
  6. Night Moves: Few buyers stop to consider how comfortable they will be driving their new vehicle at night. If possible take a test drive at night or when you need to use the lights. With so many different colors of backlighting, be sure the one that comes in your car doesn't hurt your eyes.
  7. After you Get Back: Once you are happy with the way the vehicle performed on the test drive, take it back to the dealer, park it, and shut it off. Now is the time to look at what comes standard with the vehicle and to view the different trim levels available.

By following these simple guidelines, you will learn far more about the car you are taking for a test drive than from any publication. Remember, you are investing several years in payments on a vehicle that you are going to spend countless hours sitting in. It needs to fit you well enough to become an extension of your body.

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