You already know how to drive a car, so why should test-driving a car be any different? The simple fact is that there is a world of difference between driving your own car and taking different cars out for test-drives. In this article, we will examine how you can get the most out of your next test drive.
Pointer Number One-Consider Taking Brief Notes
Why would you ever take notes during your test drive? Well, you wouldn't, as jotting down notes while you are behind the wheel would be unsafe. However, it is important to take notes after your test drive. The thinking here is that after your test drive is over, it is the best time to note your general thoughts, perceptions, and likes and dislikes regarding a given car.
No one is suggesting that you write down a detailed account of every thought you have regarding a car. Instead, simply jot down some key highlights about each car you test drive. Why would you invest the time to do this? If you are only test-driving one or two cars, then this pointer may not be essential for you. However, if you are driving several different cars, having notes to use for comparison could prove very handy in making your final decision.
Pointer Number Two-Be a Safe and Responsible Driver
When it comes to test-drives, you want to be on your best behavior. No one wants to be in the car with an irresponsible driver. Of course, this also means taking direction from car dealer representatives.
Pointer Number Three-Consider a Car's Overall Handling
How well a car handles has a great deal to do with the safety of a given car. Safety should be at the top of your list of things to notice during your test drive.
Pointer Number Four-Evaluate Performance
Just as handling is important, so is a car's overall performance. Whether you want a fast car or even if speed isn't at the top of your list, you still need a car that has good performance for doing certain things like merging into traffic. Don't overlook this important factor.
Follow these four pointers and you will get a great deal more out of your test drives. And remember there is just no replacement for a test drive!
Basic questions to ask yourself during a test drive:
- Do you like the primary controls of the car?
- Are the seats comfortable and adjustable to your liking?
- Can you easily read all display screens?
- Do the brakes feel reassuring?
- Do you feel the car has enough power to safely merge into traffic?
- Is there a lot of internal noise?
- Do you feel there is ample visibility? What about blind spots?
- Does the heat and air conditioner work well?
- How is the sound system?