Test-driving a car is a lot like the dating process. It is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your potential matches, get to know each other, and decide if you want to commit to a long-term relationship. And much like dating, it may be a bit nerve-wracking. After all, purchasing a vehicle is a big investment, and you want to be sure you make the right choice. However, if you keep a few things in mind, you can be confident that you will find your perfect match.
4 Things to Do When Test Driving a Car
If you follow these steps, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything when you test drive your potential car.
Set aside a morning or afternoon, so that you can take your time testing out a variety of vehicles. Call the dealership ahead of time to make an appointment if possible. You are always welcome to contact us at Planet Dodge to set up some time with one of our helpful salespeople to explore our huge inventory of vehicles.
Select a Dealership You Can Trust
The right dealership will be focused on helping you find a vehicle that matches your needs, not simply selling you any car on the lot. Look for a car dealer whose sales team is knowledgeable and trustworthy and will guide you through the car buying process. Out of the many car dealerships you could choose from, take a look for the highest customer satisfaction ratings.
Know What You Are Looking For
There are several key factors you should consider when test driving a vehicle.
Ride Comfort: How does the car react to bumps in the road or uneven pavement? Is it a smooth ride, or are you being tossed around in the driver’s seat?
Acceleration: Does the car respond well when you hit the gas pedal? Can it accelerate well on a freeway on-ramp, or does it struggle to get up to speed?
Braking: Are the brakes responsive without being too sensitive?
Steering/Handling: Does the car require a heavy hand on the steering wheel, or can you comfortably and easily maneuver it?
Noise:How loud is the sound of the engine and general road and wind noise in the cabin of the vehicle?
Visibility: Are there any significant blind spots that will be a safety hazard? Do any interior features of the car (e.g. rear seats) present a visibility issue?
4 After the Test Drive
It may be helpful to jot down a few notes, especially if you drove more than one vehicle. Weigh the pros and cons of each car to decide which best fits your needs.
Don’t Forget these Things
Just in case you found the perfect car for you and your family’s needs, don’t forget to bring these few items. After all, what if you had to run home or return the next day only to find your dream car was purchased by someone else? If you plan on getting a loan for your vehicle, bring these items.
- Proof of income
- Proof of residency
- Proof of insurance
- Social Security number
The test drive is a critical step to making an informed decision, knowing how to test drive a car can ensure you find your ideal match. Head on down to Planet Dodge in Miami, and find the car that’s right for you!