You’ve looked through multiple car dealership websites, you’ve narrowed down what kind of used car you’re looking for, and you have probably made many phone calls to make sure that the car is being held for you to look at in person. The next step should always be the test drive. This doesn’t have to sound as daunting as it seems, but it should also be taken pretty seriously. This is your chance to thoroughly look at the car that you could be creating many life memories in. It’s important for you to make sure that everything looks safe and as advertised. Getting behind the wheel alone is a big deal, as this is your chance to try your hand at driving the car for the first time. We’ve gathered a list of tips together to try and make this entire process seamless and smooth, while not forgetting to look at even the smallest parts. Everything matters when buying a car, and we’re here to help!
Examine the exterior: This might almost seem too obvious, but for many people, they simply jump in the car, and completely forget about checking the body for things like dents and scratches. We highly recommend you turn on the car for this stage, check all of the lights, and listen for any strange noises or smell for anything that might be out of the ordinary. Checking the exhaust is vital, especially if you notice any colors like blue or black coming from the exhaust. Be sure to do a 360-degree walk around the car and look closely at the paint. If some of the paint looks off, then it may be a sign of an accident, and if that wasn’t initially reported, that’s a big red flag. Other than that, look at the tires for wear, see if there’s anything hanging under the car, and if you have kids, see how easily you can fit their car seat in!
Test out interior features: We promise, it’s almost time to drive. Until then, it’s important to make sure that all of the interior features are working as advertised. Mess around with the steering wheel, adjust the seat, move the mirrors, get as comfortable as you can. Then, look at any advanced technology, like a rearview camera or even blind-spot monitoring. Are these systems working? Once you’ve gone over that, play around with the interior lights, tune into your favorite radio station, or even plug in the device that holds your music. No matter how hot or warm it might be outside, we also recommend testing the air conditioning and heating systems. You don’t want to wake up on a cold morning to a heating system that isn’t working.
Drive the car: Now is finally the time! You’re comfortable and in your car, and now it’s time to make sure that everything is driving properly. Make sure to go around back roads, highways, and roads that might not be particularly smooth. Take note of how the vehicles brakes and accelerates, and also how easily it shifts. If you notice any shaking or noises, make sure to ask about that either as you go or after the test drive is over. Be sure to also look at the instrument panel to make sure that everything is working in an orderly fashion.
Have a mechanic look at your car: This last step is something that many people overlook. Just like you might get a second opinion with a doctor, it’s also important to get a mechanic you trust to look at the car. After they give their assessment, and you have the answers you’re looking for, it’s time to make your move!
Here at Crosspointe Motor Cars, we have all of the used vehicles you’ve been looking for! Check out our inventory, schedule a test drive, and drive home in the vehicle of your dreams. There’s no better time than the present!