Shopping for a new vehicle can be a harrowing experience, but the test drive is definitely one of the highlights. You get hands-on experience with the vehicle you’re considering, allowing you to decide if it really fits what you’re looking for. To make the most out of your experience and ensure that the ride you pick is the one you’ll love in two years’ time, we recommend these tips for taking a test drive.
Examine the Exterior
The first thing you’ll want to do is look over the exterior of the vehicle to make sure it’s relatively clean and unblemished. If you see any major signs of damage, it might indicate a past accident. Be sure to use all the lights so that you can be sure they’re functioning, and check the tires to see if they have uneven wear or signs of wear and tear.
Let It Idle
Once you’ve turned over the engine, let the vehicle sit there for a bit. This will allow you to listen to the engine so you can be sure it runs as cleanly as it should, and it will let you see if any lights on the dashboard appear.
Drive on the Highway and in the City
If you want to make sure that a vehicle you’re test-driving is up for all driving scenarios, see if you can take it out for a range of driving situations. See how it performs at higher speeds on the highway and how it takes to stop-and-go driving in the city. You’ll want to pay attention to everything from lateral acceleration and cornering to braking and backing up.
Test Parallel Parking
Not everyone likes to parallel park, but doing so is a good way to check steering, maneuverability, smooth shifting, and other mechanical aspects of driving. Grinding noises when shifting into reverse can be a sign of a bad transmission.
We’ve got a selection of high-quality used vehicles available to test-drive at Sun State Ford. Stop in and take a look at what we’ve got, and we’ll be happy to set you up with a test drive.