Before you head to your local dealership, it’s in your best interest to first conduct some online research. Narrow down which type of car you are seeking and set your budget limit. Research the pros and cons of certain vehicles and check out all safety ratings. Once you have found some vehicles online that appear like a good fit for you, it is time to visit a reputable dealership and test drive your top choices.
Here are a few suggestions on what to look for during your test drive:
- How does the car feel? Test driving a car is a lot like trying on clothes. A shirt may look great on the rack, but when you try it on it is the most uncomfortable thing you have ever put on. It is the same with a car. The vehicle may look great on the lot or online, but then you sit in it and realize that it doesn’t offer the comfort or feel you are seeking.
- Head and leg room? Make certain the vehicle is the right size for your needs and that you can adjust the seats to be as comfortable as you can be.
- Don’t forget the backseat! You may rarely sit in the backseat of your car, but others will so make sure that it is comfortable and offers enough room for the friends and family you will be transporting.
- How is your visibility? Check all rear and side view mirrors, making sure you can see well out of the vehicle.
- Are you comfortable with reading the gauges? Are all the controls and gauges easy enough for you to read?
- Adjust seatbelt and mirrors before driving. To ensure the vehicle is a good fit for you, be sure to move the seatbelt and mirrors to your specifications.
- Turn radio off so you can hear any engine noise. Although it’s tempting to blast the speakers, turn off the music during the test drive so that you can listen for any strange noises.
- Take a test drive that matches a typical drive. If you live in the mountains, make certain you drive hills. If you drive on highways on a regular basis, ask to take a test drive on a highway. Try to simulate the conditions you will be driving the vehicle in to the best of your ability.
- Evaluate acceleration. Does the car accelerate quickly enough for you?
- Check the brakes. Just as, if not more important: does the car stop quickly? Are the brakes sticky?
- How is the suspension? Can it handle rough roads? If you like to go off-roading, making sure the suspension is solid is essential.
Following the test drive, other parts of the car that should be checked out trunk space and storage area, color, lights, etc.
The test drive is a vital part of the car buying process. If you feel rushed or that the salesperson is annoyed that you are asking for a test drive, that dealership is probably not the best place to be.
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If you live in or around Fulton, or anywhere nearby in Callaway County, stop by our trusted dealership to test drive the latest vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram – including the Ram 1500 truck or Dodge Dart Sedan. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel and helping you choose the car, truck or SUV of your dreams! Schedule a test drive today.