If you are thinking of buying a new car or a pre-owned car, you can’t skip the test drive. A test drive will give you a sense of the car, how it drives and will help you to decide if it is the car for you.
When test driving a car, you need to do more than just drive it. Here are our top tips to test driving a car.
The Prep Before a Test Drive
It is a good idea to first do some research about the cars you want to test drive. Based on reviews, you will know more or less what to expect from the car and on a test drive, you will discover if it lives up to these expectations.
If you know what you want from your next car, then make a list and compare it to the car you are test driving to see if it lives up to your wishlist.
If you can, test drive multiple cars on the same day. You can compare the cars and how they drive.
Before You Go On a Test Drive
Before you head out on your test drive, you should look at the following:
· If the style of the car is for you
· Ensure that the panels line up
· Check the paintwork
· Open and close windows and doors to make sure they are working.
· See if the boot offers enough space and all the extras are there.
· Sit in the seats, check the adjustments, where the controls are etc and see if it is comfortable.
· Make sure the seatbelts are working.
· Have a look under the bonnet to see where the battery, oil dipstick etc is and if they are easy to get to.
Now It’s Time to Get Behind the Wheel
Once, you have checked the car, it’s time to sit behind the wheel and take it for a spin.
On the actual test drive, listen for any noises that could indicate something is wrong with the car.
Ask yourself if the car is comfortable, if the ride is smooth, if the is acceleration enough, do the brakes work and react, if the gears change smoothly, if the steering wheel responds correctly, if the car is quiet and so on.
Having a friend or family member go with you, will give you another opinion about the car and how it handles.
After the test drive, draw up a list of what you did and didn’t like and compare other cars you have test driven. If you are still not sure then go for another test drive.
You should never skip a test drive as it is an important aspect of the buying process. Also, don’t settle. Try and find a new or pre-owned car that meets your needs and your budget.