How to Take Test Drive of a Car

Test driving is the most important step in the process of buying a new car because car-buying is a momentous occasion in the life of a person, especially for Indians. This is the only true way to determine whether the vehicle you are considering is suitable for your purposes and driving style. Do not judge what others have to say about the comfort, exterior & interior design, safety or ride of a particular car; experience it for yourself and form your own opinions. The are some tips that will enable you to make the most of your test driving experience:

Shortlist first

Keeping in mind your budget, decide and research the features and specifications you needed in your car before test driving it. Shortlist three-four car models that meeting to your requirements and try to test drive all of them on the same day so that the drive experience of each car remains fresh in your memory

Bring someone with you

If you are not the most car-savvy person, having a friend who is to come along can be a big help. Even if he/ she is not a mechanic, He/ She can also point out various issues you wouldn’t think about yourself, especially if you are relatively inexperienced in driving or buying a vehicle.

Walk around it for inspection

Once you’re all set to go on a test drive, make sure to do a visual inspection of the exterior and interior of the car. measure the car size to make sure it isn’t too big or too small compared to what you wanted or expected, so your know it will fit in your garage, etc. Check Interior Space by sitting in the driver, front passenger, and back seats to see if there is enough legroom. Check buttons by playing around with all the knobs and buttons to make sure the locations make sense and intuitive to use.

Start using the car before actually driving it

Owning and using a car doesn’t just mean driving it, so before actually driving you can try everything out to see if you like the way everything works. The important features to check before actually driving are:

Storage Space – Take a look at the storage space in the trunk, the back seats, the glove compartment, etc. and maybe even break out some measuring tape.

Folding seats – Try collapsing and raising the folding seats (if they have any) to check if they are easy and intuitive or not.

Seat adjustments – Adjust the seat position to see if you can set it easily and comfortably.

Electronics – Use the Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, mobile Charger Port, and so on to see if everything works the way you want or if they are buggy or annoying to use.

Drive it like it’s everyday

Once you start driving a car, the most important thing is to drive it the way you would on any given day so you really get to know if it feels right or not.

Speed & Acceleration – Take the car on the highway to test whether it accelerates well enough and feels safe and sturdy at higher speeds

Maneuverability – Drive it in a parking lot or try doing a U-turn or 3-point turn on a residential street to make sure it can turn easily and maneuver in tighter spaces

Bumps & Comfort – Make sure it feels safe and comfortable to drive on rougher terrain if possible, especially if you work in construction or do things like go on camping trips.

Test out the features while driving

There are various features you would use while driving, so make sure to test them out on the go, such as the following:

GPS and Radio – Use GPS or the radio on the drive, make sure you can do it easily and safely and don’t have to fiddle with it for more than a moment.

Also See: Points to check before taking delivery of a new car

Bluetooth – Test Bluetooth connectivity by calling someone.

Cruise Control – Set and adjust your speed on the drive.

Climate Control – Adjust the temperature, the strength of the blower, Air Conditioner etc.