What to look for when test driving a used vehicle
So you’ve decided to take the used vehicle route in your car search, huh? If a used vehicle is more your style, no doubt you plan on getting your money’s worth. Whether it’s your new family vehicle or a new driver’s first car, you want to get what you’re paying for. Knowing a car’s specifics is important for deciding which vehicle is right for you. Test driving used vehicles can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. These easy tips are great for narrowing down your choices when test driving used vehicles.
Before arriving at the dealership, it’s important that you first conduct research on types of used cars you’re interested in. It’s also ideal that you make a few decisions before you get behind the wheel for a test drive. These can include what features are important for your vehicle to have, how much you’re willing to spend and how you want the vehicle to handle. Decide what’s important and what you refuse to budge on. With these decisions in mind, you can start weeding out vehicles that don’t meet your expectations.
Check out the vehicle you’re test driving before you actually get behind the wheel. Inspect the vehicle for proper oil, coolant and transmission fluid levels. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either. You want to know exactly what the car has been through before you invest in it. Look for any signs of poor maintenance such as cracked hoses or fan belts, leaks under the vehicle or incorrect tire pressure. When you turn on the vehicle, listen for any noises the engine shouldn’t be making. Poor maintenance can affect not only the value of a vehicle, but the safety of the driver so it’s always best to give the vehicle a thorough check before driving it off the lot.
Stay organized to make your car search easier
It can be difficult to keep the specifics about a vehicle straight, especially when you’re testing several different vehicles. To avoid confusion when you’re making the final decision, take notes and keep track of the pros and cons of each vehicle you drive. A good method is making a chart that covers all of the major features you’re looking for and grade the vehicles in each category. This makes comparing vehicles a lot easier and speed up the process of narrowing down your list.
Finally, be sure to take your time and be consistent in your inspection. Take as much time as you need to assess each vehicle and don’t feel pressured to make a decision right away. Deciding on a routine to follow with each vehicle can help highlight the differences between each vehicle.
We know car shopping can be overwhelming, but by following these simple tips, you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the ride. Be sure to check our available inventory of used vehicles and feel free to schedule a test drive if any catch your eye.