How important is test driving and how do I book one?
Before buying a car, it’s quite important to go and take it for a test drive.
That means; go to the dealership, sit in the car and get a good feel of it, see whether it’ll fit you, your lifestyle or your family’s needs.
So three common ways to book in your test drive:
- First is to walk into the dealer and they’ll be more than likely to be happy to give you a slot for when you come and test drive the car
- The other is over the phone, where you call and book in a time and visit the dealership for a test drive for the time you have booked it for.
- And the last is through the dealership’s website on their contact us page where you should be able to book in a test drive. This saves you the time or the hassle of ringing them up or walking in and finding out that the car you want to test drive is not available.
So overall, its pretty important to get a good feel for the car you are about to buy because you are about to drop a hefty sum on it.
How long should you test drive a new car for?
Test driving is one of the most exciting time of buying a new car, because you get to have a good feel for the car while you’re in it.
“It’s a lot more comprehensive than just watching videos online.”
Helping buyers in the past, generally speaking you would want to test drive it for as long as you need to.
Some dealers may allow you to test drive the car for 20 – 30 minutes, whereas some other dealers may let you take it for a whole day or even a weekend. Ideally, you don’t want to be pushed into having a shorter test drive.
The test drive itself will give you an idea of how the car would fit in your family’s lifestyle and whether it has every you need.
You can’t make this decision in a short period of time so make sure the dealer gives you as much time as you need to get a good feel for the car.
Make sure everything is to your liking before spending thousands of dollars on this car that you’ll hopefully be driving for a while.
What to look for while test driving?
Don’t forget to keep these points in mind while on the road!
Comfort inside the car.
How much legroom is there? If you’re tall, is there enough headroom? And how does the interior feel?
You don’t want to drive a car that doesn’t feel up to your standards.
You also want to check the screen of the car and if it is easy to use.
If you’re not sure, given it’s a new car, do ask the salesperson to show you how to read it and use all the available functions.
Get a good feel of how the car drives on the road and see how it handles.
If you do a lot of highway driving, then cruise control is a pretty important feature that you should be aware of.
Most new cars will have this function, some even have adaptive cruise control which slows and accelerates depending on the heaviness of the traffic.
Also it’s worth noting that most new cars come with AEB or ‘autonomous emergency braking’.
When you go for a test drive, it will be hard to test that situation, but make sure you ask the salesperson to explain the feature in depth to you within the car you are test driving.
These are the couple of things you should look for when you’re test driving.
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