Doing online research and reading industry reviews are crucial components of the car-buying process. But nothing beats getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and getting some first-hand knowledge. Getting the most out of your test drive involves more than just kicking the tires and taking it for a spin. If you’re looking to buy a car, here are a few tips to keep in mind during a test drive.
3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Test Drive
1. Examine the Exterior
If you’re test driving the vehicle, you’ve probably already decided that you like the color, but take a closer look. If you’re buying a pre-owned vehicle, look for gaps in the body panels and other indicators of an accident. Before getting inside, pop the trunk or storage area to make sure it’ll have the space you need.
2. Test the Controls
Confusing or difficult-to-reach controls can make driving any vehicle frustrating, regardless of its other features. Sit in the car before starting it and familiarize yourself with the lights, AC functions, and other controls, and make sure the steering wheel feels comfortable in your hands.
3. Take it for a Drive
When test driving a car, pay attention to how it feels. Are you satisfied with the power and acceleration? Are the brakes responsive, and do you feel any vibrations when you come to a stop? Do a U-turn somewhere so you can get a feel for the turn radius, and look for blind spots in the vehicle design. If you spend a lot of time in the car, think about whether you’ll be comfortable on long trips.
Buying a car is a big decision, which is why Jeff Wyler Toyota of Clarksville is dedicated to helping drivers find vehicles they’ll love. As Cincinnati and Louisville, KY’s premier Toyota® dealer, this award-winning team prides itself on their incredible selection and unbeatable customer service. Give them a call at (812) 284-2277 with any questions, or follow their Facebook for news and updates. If you’re ready to test drive your next car, visit their website to browse their expansive inventory or drop by the dealership today.