Don’t you wish you knew if a car would feel like the right one, the moment you get behind the wheel? Unfortunately, when most people buy a car, they don’t have a chance to truly get comfortable before they make the sales agreement. They think every vehicle is going to feel alright when they get home and get used to it. But that’s not always the case, which is why you need to know how to make your test drive count.
You have a limited time to take that test drive, be it minutes, hours, or overnight. Compared to the years you’ll own it, that’s a short time. Use these tips and you’ll know how to make your test drive count, and you’ll find yourself in the car that’s best for you.
Tips on How to Make Your Test Drive Count
Set A Day Aside for Car Shopping
Clear your calendar. When you’re shopping for a pre-owned car, you need to take your time. If you’re watching the clock because you have to be somewhere, you aren’t focused on the test drive.
When you get in the car, don’t slam it in gear and hit the highway. Get comfortable with the car’s interior and features, and adjust your seat, mirrors, and steering wheel. If you don’t do it before you drive off the lot, it will be a distraction while you’re out and about.
Drive Where You Normally Do
Take your normal routes in KCMO, driving through the same bumpy streets and stopping at the same intersections you normally do. It’s the best comparison you can make to your current vehicle. Plus, you don’t have to worry as much about where you’re going and that means you have more attention on how the car drives.
Make a Pit Stop
Know someone whose opinion you want, or feel the need for an iced latte? Make a pit stop so you can get out of the car while you’re not at the dealership and take a look at the car with fresh eyes.
Press Every Button
Maybe don’t press all the buttons while you’re driving, but do it before or after you take the test drive. Know what features the car has and how to operate them. Plus, who isn’t tempted to press all those buttons anyway?