Test Drive Tips - What to do Before You Buy

Test Drive Tips - What to do Before You Buy

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or someone with plenty of experience, purchasing a vehicle is an exciting time. When you’re looking for the vehicle that will fit your needs , there are some common themes many consider: make and model, size, color, safety features, functions, gas mileage, etc. But there’s a difference between listing everything you’d like in a vehicle and actually testing it out to see if it’s the right fit for you. Taking your vehicle for a quick test drive is the best way to see what those cars on your list are made of and hopefully is a way for you to narrow down your choices. Here are some test drive tips to consider the next time you find yourself at the dealership:

Bring Someone With You
You’ve done your research, came up with some choices, and you’re ready for some test drives at the dealership. While this is ultimately your vehicle and your decision, having a second opinion is sometimes a good idea. Bring your friend, significant other, parent, or another trusted person who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. During the test drive, your companion will be able to ride in the backseat, help you listen to the engine, point out features, and get a feel for the vehicle with you.

Learn Everything You Can About Your Choices
Completing research online is one of the best ways to come up with a list of vehicles you’d like to consider test driving. But the learning process doesn’t stop there. The sales staff at the dealership will walk you through the functions of the vehicle, from how to use the lights, the radio, Bluetooth, and any features that are unique to the car. Be sure to ask questions and point out any concerns you may have right off the bat. Is the vehicle hard to get into? Is the color exactly like what was pictured online? Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice concerns before taking the drive. This is also a chance to adjust the seat, lights, and mirrors after the walkthrough so you’ll really feel like what it will be like to drive the vehicle day-to-day during the test drive.

Drive as You Normally Would
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re test driving, it’s important to follow your usual driving routine. If your neighborhood has a lot of hills, ask the salesperson to take you to a hilly area. If you ride on bumpy, dirt roads to and from work, have them take you to a rugged road nearby. You’ll want to understand how a new vehicle will perform in terrains that you’re familiar with. Also be aware of speed limits, use your turn signals, turn on the lights, wear your seatbelt, and drive as you normally would to be safe and get a realistic feel for the vehicle. This is also a great opportunity to check on the brakes, steering, and take a look at your blind spots.

Once you’ve finished your test drive and you’ve made a decision, it’s time to make that purchase! But before you do, you may want to think ahead and ask the dealership about a vehicle service contract or extended warranty. If you’re looking into a VSC, be sure to talk to your dealership about how to finance your VSC. Omnisure offers 0% interest, no credit checks, no large down payment, and flexible payment plans up to 24 months. Get in touch with your dealership for more information.