5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Test-Drive

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Test-Drive

After a lot of homework and research, it’s time to get behind the wheel! It’s easy to get overwhelmed on a test-drive as it’s an exhilarating experience. However, remember to take your time, see how the car suits your lifestyle and catch any warning signs before you make such a big investment. We bring the top five ways to help you get the most from your test-drive:

1. Decide Your Priorities

Before you head for a test-drive, make a list of your wants and desires from the car. Maybe comfort is your first priority, or you’d rather have a car that offers reliable handling when driving through rough weather conditions. Also, make a note of what features you would like inside the car and ask the dealership about the cabin features to match your list. Having a clear set of priorities will help you choose a car that’s ideal for your requirements.

2. Plan Your Route

Do thorough research on where you would like to go on the test-drive. This is especially true if you are new in the city and are unfamiliar with the roads around. You should try the vehicle in different environments like a highway, steep slopes, stop-and-go traffic and even bumpy roads. See how the car reacts to different road surfaces and also check for any strange noises or uncomfortable vibrations.

3. Take Some Time Before You Start the Ignition

Inspect the interior and exterior of the car before you start driving it off the lot. You should get in and out a few times, see if the entrance is comfortable and not too low or too high. Also, play around with the car’s accessories before you drive so that you don’t get distracted on the road. Once you’re seated in the driver’s seat, check if you can reach the radio, temperature controls, as well as the seat and mirror controls without having to lean forward. Test the air-conditioning too and see how much time it takes to cool the car down. Also, look around to see the cup holders, lights, chargers, etc. as you’ll be using these functions every day.

4. Keep it Realistic

On the drive, try accelerating, decelerating, merging and passing. Is the engine powerful? Note if the acceleration is fast enough for you. Or, does it have too much power that you probably won’t need? See how the car upshifts and downshifts, whether it is smooth, fast or rough, and if it happens at the correct time. Also, on a highway or a high-speed road, check if the airflow noise around the car, such as squealing or humming sounds, are too loud and will annoy you in the long-term. Also, try the car’s brakes, parking and other features.

5. Don’t Rush Through

Above all, remember to take your time to decide. A good test-drive can take nearly 30 minutes and it’s totally worth the time. It’s going to be a big commitment that you’ll be driving for a few years. Once you finish the drive, make some notes about your observations so that you can compare them with the other test-drives.     

While a test-drive can be a glimpse of the joy and thrill of a new car, it should be a rational decision wherein you evaluate all the pros and cons before the purchase.