If you’re in the market for a vehicle, whether new or used, you probably understand the importance of taking a test drive. Test drives allow you to get the feel of how a car behaves on the road, and it saves you from spending money on a vehicle that may not meet your expectations.
In the excitement of a test drive, however, it can be hard to focus on the important details. That being said, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your test drive experience.
1. Check the interior before leaving the lot.
Before you even put the car into drive, take note of the car’s interior. Questions to ask yourself at this stage include:
- Is the visibility good in the rear and side mirrors?
- Is there ample leg and headroom in both the front and back seats?
- Are the gauges readable?
2. Take a familiar route.
Does your commute include interstate or winding road travel? Ask to take the vehicle on a route that includes not only a variety of terrains and road types but that is also similar to drives you’ll take on a daily basis. Take note of how well the vehicle accelerates and handles on these roads.
3. Check the vehicle’s handling.
The vehicle’s handling may be the deciding factor for you. Some questions to ask yourself on the road may include:
- On rough roads, does the vehicle’s suspension hold up?
- Is acceleration untroubled and efficient?
- Are the brakes sticky, too sensitive or not sensitive enough?