When you are ready to buy a car, it is important to test drive the car first. You want to make sure the car works for you in every way. When you head to the car dealership, follow these steps for test driving a new car.
Have an Idea What You Want Before You Go
You want to research the cars you are going to look at when you get to the dealership. This will save you time and help you know what type of features you want in your new vehicle. Once you have started your research, you will know what you can reasonably get for your budget. Check the dealership’s website to see what inventory they have that meets your needs, wants and budget.
Make an Appointment
When you make an appointment at the dealership, it will save you time. If you know what cars you want to test drive, the dealership can have the vehicles ready for you when you arrive. It is also an easy way to have someone ready to help you when you arrive. Sometimes there can be a wait to see a salesperson.
Before the Drive
When you start to look at the car, check the outside. How is the paint? Are you happy with it or will it need to have paint job or bodywork? Is it big enough? Do you use a car seat? If so, will it fit in the car easily? It is important to bring the seat with you. Install it and make sure it fits properly, or will you need a new one. Can you get into the car seat easily? Do you have enough space in the seats? Check the cargo storage area. Is it big enough? Know the amount of space you have in your driveway or garage and then measure the car? Does it fit? Get in and out of the car. Is it easy to get in and do you have enough space to feel comfortable when you are driving? Can you see the gauges easily? Can you see all angles of the car? How are the blind spots?
Sometimes, the dealership has a certain test drive route. Some let you take the vehicle where you want. If the dealership has a set route, ask if you can go off route. It is important to test drive the car in the type of conditions that you will be driving in. This is how you will get a true feel for the car.
If you travel on the highway, it is important to take the car on the highway to see how it handles. If you travel on hilly roads, go on hilly roads.
If something doesn’t feel right or is an annoyance it might be something small during the test drive, but it can be something that you grow to hate. Since buying a car is a large financial commitment, you want to make sure there are not things that bother you about the feel.
If the car has technology, like a built-in GPS, back up camera or Bluetooth, try it all out. If these are important features for you, you want to make sure they work and that it works for you. You want to be happy with it if you are going to be using it.
After you have test driven a few cars, and you find the car you like, it is time to start the buying process.