However, some people get so carried away that they forgo the option of a test drive. The test drive gives you a chance to examine and inspect the vehicle intricately. Also, car insurance can vary by vehicle, so make sure you get insurance quotes when considering which vehicle is best for you.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking a car for a test drive before buying.
See How You Feel In the Vehicle
You are going to be using the same car for a while so it is important to make sure you feel good when in it. Before starting the test drive, adjust the mirrors and the seat. This will give you a basic idea of how the car feels.
Make Sure You Are Comfortable Within the Vehicle
Some people have problems, like backaches and neck aches. They should look for comfortable seats with plenty of room for adjustment.
Outline Your Expectations
Outline your expectations from the car and see if the one you are test driving fulfills them.
Avoid Playing Any Music While Test Driving
If you play music during a test drive, you may miss out on certain cranking or squeaky sounds that the car is making. Avoid turning the music on and listen carefully for any unusual sounds in the car.
Make Your Own Route
Most dealerships have a preset route for test drives and may direct you where to go. This will not allow you to test the vehicle completely. Instead take the vehicle on a route you normally travel on.
Test the Suspension While Driving
Take the car through a rough road patch and check the severity of bumps you feel. If you feel a good nudge, it means the suspension is not strong enough.
See How Efficient It Is When Driving Up Inclines
Most cars lose power when going up hills and steep slopes. Make sure you check this during the test drive.
Braking and Steering Efficiency
Always check how the car steers around turns and whether or not the brakes are firm. Squealing brakes are a sign of unreliable brakes that may need to be replaced. This may be an expense you may not want to incur as soon as you get your new car.
Control Your Excitement
Try to hold back your enthusiasm and excitement to the salesperson. Remain neutral and thoroughly inspect every aspect of the car.
Be Sure To Drive Multiple Vehicles before Deciding
No matter how much you like a car, never settle for the first one you test. Drive multiple vehicles to make an informed decision.
Always do plenty of research and the appropriate amount of test driving before making a final choice.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.