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How To Make The Most of Your Test Drive
Test drives are something to relish if you're in the market for a new car. After all, they allow you to get behind the wheel of your dream ride—but that doesn't mean they can't also be stressful experiences. Below, we list some top tips for your test drive experience.
Do your research before the test drive.
Having a spur-of-the-moment urge to buy a car is okay, but you must sit with the idea for a moment. At least sit with it long enough to decide what type of vehicle, where you want to go (always check reviews), and your intentions before going in. Setting up a timeline of your desired purchase date (or need by date) will help you slow down your decisions or prioritize your needs.
Test out the car's bells and whistles
After you've started the car and have had a moment to adjust to your surroundings, it's time to explore some of the bells and whistles. You may be surprised by the many features of modern cars, but don't worry—you won't have to learn them all at once.
- Turn on the lights, windshield wipers, and defroster (if they're standing on your model).
- Check to see if the car is equipped with a navigation system. If it is not standard equipment in your model year, you'll need an upgrade package or other add-on option before you can use one. Some newer cars even come with built-in Wi-Fi hotspots so that you can connect your devices to the vehicle.
- Use the AC and heating system and any other climate control options available inside your new ride. Try out different settings while checking out how comfortable they make passengers feel inside this new environment!
Check the sound system.
There’s so much talking going on during a test drive that you may forget to check the sound system. Politely, when you can, make sure to listen to the audio quality. Look out for:
- Make sure the audio quality is clear and not distorted.
- Listen for any tinny or bassy sound that might indicate an issue with speakers or amplifiers.
Ask yourself these questions before and after the drive
Before you get in, it's a good idea to think about what you want from the car. If your budget is tight, for example, it will be helpful to know that there are two or three models that meet your requirements within your price range. Once you've taken the test drive and are ready to sit down with a salesperson and discuss financing options and trade-in offers, you'll also have a better idea of which cars really appeal to you—and which don't.
Don't be afraid to test out multiple vehicles.
It can feel like a high-pressure situation, but--it's not! Buying a vehicle is a huge commitment; you deserve all the time you need. If you aren't sold on a vehicle, testing out a different one is okay. And if a dealership doesn't have what you need, don't feel bad about changing locations.
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