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test drive carIt’s time for you to buy a new car! Buying a car can be stressful and overwhelming at times. There are plenty of options, with all sorts of vehicle sizes, colors, and special features that you might not be able to live without. There are reviews to read, information to consider regarding gas mileage and engine reliability, and so much more!

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s time to go for a test drive or two. The test drive portion of the buying experience is often the determining factor as to what vehicle you choose. Here are some important tips to remember when it comes to test driving cars.

When you get into the car…

When you first get into the car, note how easy or difficult it is to get in and out of. Do you have enough space? Do you have enough leg and head room? Take a look around the car and see if it’s easy to maneuver. Can you reach the controls with ease? Take a thorough look around the interior and be sure that it is in good shape and that there are no obvious signs of damage.

When you test drive the car…

During the test drive, there are a lot of things that you should be looking for. Pay close attention to the front panel and dashboard to make sure the car’s engine, brake or airbag indicator lights don’t go on. These could be potentially expensive fixes. If any of those lights come on during the drive, be sure to ask questions and have a mechanic look at it. You may need to rethink your purchase if there is a serious issue.

While driving, pick roads that are both smooth and rough. Take notice as to how the car shifts gears – is it smooth or does it jerk before it engages? Also, pay close attention to the brakes. When you press on them, do they respond slowly or are they quick to help you stop? Most importantly, listen to the motor while you’re driving. Does it make any loud, unusual sounds? While you’re on bumpier roads, does it make any rattles or squeaks?

Paying attention to how the car drives is also an important part of the test driving process. If it starts veering to different sides, the car may need to be aligned. When you’re steering, the car should easily respond to your movement.

The car buying experience can be exciting, and rewarding, if you know what to look for during the test driving process.

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