Used Car Test Driving: Do’s and Dont’s

So it’s time for you to get behind the wheel of a new-to-you vehicle. But before you commit to making a purchase, you need to test drive the car of your choice. Here are the do’s and don’ts of test driving a used car.

The do's and dont's of test driving a used car

Do Invite A Friend Or Family Member

It always helps to have a second opinion from someone you trust. A loved one can help you determine if a vehicle is suitable for your needs. They can also pick up on any problems with a vehicle that you may not notice.

Do Schedule Your Test Drive Early

If you visit a dealership later in the day, they may be too busy to get you behind the wheel of the car you have your eye on. When you schedule an appointment when the dealership opens, you can test drive the car you’re eyeing right away.

Do Drive Your Day-to-Day Route

If you’re test-driving a car in your neighborhood, drive on the roads you normally drive on. If you’re familiar with the route, you can focus your attention on how a car drives, rather than where you’re going.

Don’t Feel Rushed

Schedule your test drive on a day when you don’t have anything else going on. This way, you can take as much time as you need to feel out the vehicle.

Don’t Overlook Comfort

Even if the car rides smoothly, you don’t want to buy a car if you feel cramped or uncomfortable in the driver’s seat. Pay attention to the amount of headroom and legroom you have. You also want to make sure the driver’s seat is supportive. You don’t want to settle on an uncomfortable car, even if everything else about it is ideal.

Don’t Ask For A Manual

Don’t test drive a manual if you’ve never driven one before. A manual transmission, or a stick shift, can be notably difficult to drive if you’ve never driven one before. In fact, you can even damage a car if you don’t know how to use the manual transmission. Instead of test driving a manual, shop for automatic transmissions or practice on a friend’s car before heading to the dealership.

Test Drive A Used Car At Certified Headquarters

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of test-driving used cars, you’re prepared to shop at Certified Headquarters located at 873 Middle Country Road, St. James, NY, 11780. Schedule your test drive with us by calling 631-366-3700 today!

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