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Buying a Used Car: How to Maximize Your Test Drive

You’ve looked around for pre-owned cars and listed a few that you’re interested in. Now it’s time to take them for a test drive, but not without some key tips in mind.

Have a route plan.

First off, know where you plan to go for the test drive. It’s important to try the vehicle in varying environments, such as smooth and bumpy road conditions, highway driving, etc. Observe for any weird vibrations or noises while you navigate your route.

Check the car prior to the drive.

You will, of course, be checking the car’s interior and exterior before buying it, but a great time to do that would be before the test drive. Do you have to lean forward to reach things (for example, the radio, temperature, etc.)? Are the pedals and seat adjustment just right for you?

Be realistic during the test drive.

Try speeding up, slowing down, passing, merging – do what you do on your typical drive. What’s your take on the engine power? Does it pick up speed fast? Does it have more power than you think is necessary for you? Does the car upshift and downshift fluidly and at the right time? Does the airflow around the car create an irritating squealing or humming noise when you’re driving at high speed?

“Feel” the vehicle.

Do you feel comfortable with the steering wheel? Is it responsive enough when you turn it, or is there a delay? Do you have to keep making adjustments while you’re driving? Make several right and left turns, and take note of how the vehicle reacts.

Try the brakes.

Take the car to a spot that is safe enough for testing its stopping power. If you have passengers, make sure you tell them beforehand so they can prepare for an abrupt stop. Do hard and soft brakes alike, and see how the car’s anti-lock brake system responds. Did the car pull to one side or did you have to hit the pedal hard before the vehicle stopped moving?

Do it again at night.

Being a driver, you are surely aware of the big difference between driving at daytime and driving at nighttime. So don’t hesitate to ask the dealer if you can take the car for another test drive when it’s dark.

Don’t be in a hurry.

If you want to maximize your benefits from the test drive, don’t be in a rush. If you must stay in the vehicle for a good half hour, be still. This is the most crucial factor to consider as you decide if the vehicle is right for you or not. Make wise use of it.

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