Do You Know How To Properly Test Drive a Car?

Written by a Guest Blogger

Being able to sit in a brand new car is an exciting experience for a lot of people, and that car salesmen still understand that there is no better way to clinch a sale as taking the prospective buyer out for a test drive. That is why test drives are important for both the customer and the salesperson.

Once you have selected a car that you are interested in, ask the salesperson if you can take the car for a test drive. It is a good idea to get the salesperson to drive the car out onto the road whilst you sit in the passenger seat, that way you can get an idea of what the car is like for visibility and road noise. You can also perform some visual test drive checks such as where the required controls and such are located.

Once you get your turn behind the wheel, the salesperson might want you to take a circuitous route that will lead you back to the dealership. This is convenient for them, however, it is unlikely that you will get the right feel for the car by just taking a few left or right hand turns. It is much better to take the car along a route that may be similar to the kind of route that you are used to. This will help you to get a proper feel for the car, the way it handles hills for example, or how responsive it is on the open highway. Only then will you be able to get a proper feel of the car and whether it is suitable for you to drive everyday.

Test Driving On The Open Road

Once you get the car out onto the open road there are some things that you need to make a mental not of when driving the car, such as how the car accelerates and handles in traffic, hill climbing power, engine noise, ride comfort and any unusual noises. This is due to the fact that if there are any problems, these are the kinds of problems that you are going to have to put up with on a daily basis.

In order to clinch the deal the salesperson may start pressuring you with questions in relation to what they need to do to get you to buy the car. However, it is important that you do not commit to buying the car at this stage no matter how much you love it, as it is important to get to know more about the car. So, it is important to remain strong and resolute in the face of what is usually pressure sales techniques by the salesperson.

Once you get back to the car dealership, again remain non-committal even in the face of the pressure that the salesperson may put you under. Ask the salesperson as many questions as you can about the car, as well as asking them to give you a comprehensive tour of the car and its features. Only when you have as much information about the car and how it drives should you make a commitment to buy it, however, it is prudent to also test drive another model  of the car in order to make a comparison.

David Lye lives in Sydney and he has a great passion for cars, photography, business, online marketing and travel. David started the website in 1999.

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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