So, what are you driving these days? Letís face it, there is no substitute for getting behind the wheel of a new car. However, before you schedule the test drive at your local dealership, take time to think about the bells and whistles you would like your new car to have, such as moon roof, heated seats, tinted windows, alarm, etc.
In additional to the bells and whistles, hereís some tips to help you get the most out of your test drive:
Tip 1: Start while youíre stopped. While youíre sitting in the dealership parking lot, get a feel for the car before you drive. Test the seating in front and back. Check the head and leg room. Check all the special gadgets and technology the car has to offer. Make sure you have good visibility from the driverís seat. Donít forget to check if there is sufficient storage space as well.
Tip 2: Go your own way. You may not be able to tell much from a short test drive. Take a route that closely resembles your driving routine and be sure to try parking to see how the car does in tighter spaces.
Tip 3: Get out of the driverís seat. Riding as a passenger allows you to notice things you might not as a driver. Ask your salesperson to drive so that you can focus on more subtle factors like comfort and noise.
Tip 4: Take your time. Donít feel pressured to buy the car right after your test drive. Sleep on it, ask for a second test drive, or test drive other cars youíve been eyeing at the dealership.
After all, buying a car can be very expensive and one of your biggest investments. Before making your purchase, take your time when researching cars, and be sure to use these tips to get the most out of your test drive.