Car shopping can make you feel as if you’re Goldilocks looking for that “just right” bowl of porridge with an endless search for the perfect car to spend the next 10-20 years in. Some are too big, some are too small, and others can even be a bit too stylish for your tastes, making it feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack.
In order to make your car shopping experience a bit easier, we here at Mama’s Used Cars have come up with some tips on how to test drive a car. Follow these and your shopping experience just might be a breeze!
Research before you drive. Before you even step out of your house, make sure you do your research. Find a few cars that seem right for you on paper and look at the reviews. Does it have the legroom you’re looking for? The type of engine you want? If you can find the car that’s perfect for you on paper, that’s when you know it’s time to go test drive.
Sit in the car. Just like when you’re trying on a pair of jeans to see if they’re too tight, take a second to merely sit down. Think about whether the car is a good fit and your head isn’t hitting the ceiling or you can see over the steering wheel.
Question yourself. Before you start driving, make sure you’re questioning yourself. Is it easy to get in and out of the car? Are you comfortable? Are gauges and controls easy to use and read? These are all things to consider when you’re thinking of buying a car.
Evaluate the car while you’re driving. Make sure you’re driving the car in a situation that you might encounter frequently—if you find yourself driving up and down hills frequently, take a hill or two, if you’re on the highway a lot, take the highway. While you’re doing this, think about a few key points: Acceleration, noise amount, hill-climbing power, braking, steering and handling, suspension, and seat comfort.
If you follow these tips on how to get the most out of your test drive, you should easily find the perfect fit for you. Do you have any tips to share?