Test-driving a vehicle can seem pretty easy. Once you have a car that you’re interested in, all you have to do is head to your local dealer and take it for a test spin, right? However, when it comes to taking a car for a test drive, there are a few things you can do before and during the process that helps you make a better, more informed decision.
It’s a good idea to do your homework before walking into a car dealership. Do some research and have a list of makes and models you’re interested in prior to doing any test-driving. It’s also better to know what kind of powertrain options and trim levels you’d like.
Test Drive Plan
Additionally, you should plan to test-drive all your prospective future vehicles in the same day, so that you have each car fresh in your mind as you compare them to one another. You should also consider bringing a significant other, friend, or family member in order to point out anything you might miss by yourself.
Once you’re at the dealership, make an effort to test-drive a car outfitted with all the equipment options you want. Different engine options and trim levels can make a big difference. Make sure you walk around the vehicle before getting into it to inspect it from all angles. However, once you’re inside, take note of what interior features are convenient and which could be a nuisance, such as the locations of cupholders, controls mounted on the steering wheel, and the like. Observe accessibility for rear-seat passengers, checking the size of the doors and spaciousness.
While driving, it’s important to keep in mind how comfortable the seats are, the effectiveness of the HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, visibility, and how easily-accessible the gauges and vehicle information screens are. If there are high-tech features, check their compatibility with your mobile device. Make sure to take the car on the highway to see how it handles at high speeds.
Let us know at Gateway Buick GMC of St. Louis, MO if you have any questions about tips for test driving, and we would be happy to help you through the car buying process!