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Test Drive tips

Many drivers fall into the trap of buying a vehicle that is a good deal from a financial perspective but doesn’t fit their needs. Whenever you’re in process of purchasing a new car, it is vital that you take it for a comprehensive test drive prior to acquisition.

Here are some helpful tips for test-driving a new vehicle:

Comfort

If you’re going to be spending hours upon hours driving, you better make sure you’re comfortable in your vehicle.

Take the time to ensure your vehicle fits your body type. If you’re a tall individual, you may notice your head touching the roof of a small vehicle when you sit up straight. If you’re on the shorter side, you could have difficulty seeing over the dashboard. These things should be considered a red flag, as they’re usually unsuitable to work around.

A minor annoyance may not seem like a big deal when you test drive, but it will likely turn into a bigger problem the longer you spend behind the wheel.

Even if you intend to drive the vehicle the vast majority of the time, you should try to bring other family members with you when you go for a test drive. If your passengers aren’t comfortable, you could be in for some long and painful road trips. Make sure everyone is happy.

Test out different terrain

Unless you live and work in the heart of the city, you’ll likely be driving on different terrain on a daily basis. Therefore, you should try driving in the city, on the highway, and on side roads. If all three feel comfortable, you’re good to go.

How difficult is it to operate?

As you’re well aware, some vehicles are just easier to drive than others. When you go out for a test drive, make sure to test out your full arsenal, from completing a three-point turn to parallel parking. If driving seems a lot more difficult than normal, it may not be the car for you.

It’s also important that you pay close attention to how the car feels. Did you feel comfortable when turning or driving over uneven terrain? Did anything change when you sped up on the highway?

Visibility

It should really go without saying, but it’s extremely important that you can see the road clearly when you drive. This means reducing blind spots to a minimum and not relying on backup cameras to see nearby vehicles.

Ideally, you should test drive the vehicle twice: once during the day and once at night.

Drive more than one

Even if you’re completely satisfied following the test drive, there’s no need to get ahead of yourself by buying the car right away.

Consider test driving a second vehicle to see which one you like better. Compare the pros and cons of each before arriving at your final decision.