What You Need To Know About Test Driving A Used Car.
Let’s be honest. When buying a used car the one thing we all look forward to is giving your potential new car a good test drive. But, most people are doing it wrong. Read on to find out the proper steps to finding your perfect used car!
Decide What’s Most Important To You.
When you're evaluating different used cars, you'll have an idea of what you’re after and that may not relate to the mechanical reliability of the car. Is safety more important than looks, or comfort more important than the model year? But, either way, knowing what is most important to you before you begin to narrow down a test-drive.
If you're shopping with someone else, like a parent or significant other, their desires will influence your decision, as well. Also, understanding what your potential co-owners want before you start test-driving cars can also save time and hassle.
Regardless of what elements you prioritize, the test drive should be the place to see if this is the car for you. For instance, if you know you have a long commute every day, the comfort of the seat and condition f the interior are going to be important. Try to simulate the conditions of your commute during the test-drive.
How the car feels to you is going to make a big difference over the long run. If you're not comfortable with the car in any way, move on to the next one.
Check The Mechanical Features.
While you’re judging the characteristics that matter to you as a driver, you’ll want to pay attention to the mechanics of the car. Inspect everything from the wipers and blinkers to how well the engine runs, the transmission shifts, and that the brakes bring the car to a halt.
· Does the car start on the first try?
· How easily and smoothly does the transmission shift?
· Does the car idle normally?
· How well does the car accelerate?
· Do the A/C, defroster, electric windows or seats, cruise control, and all the other knobs on the dashboard work?
· Does the current owner have maintenance records?
· Do you hear any unusual noises or see unusual exhaust?
· Is there an unusual smell like mold or mustiness?
· How smooth or bumpy is the ride?
· In what condition are the tires?
Don't forget to take a look at the car separately from the test drive. Is the spare tire present and in useable condition? If you know your way around an engine, set aside some time to have a gander.
Get An Experts Opinion.
You can take precautions to reduce risk buying a used car from a very trustworthy source. One idea worth considering is paying a little extra to have an experienced and trustworthy mechanic look over the car for you. Meaning, put the car up on a lift and have a look over all the mechanical componentry.
You should also consider purchasing a vehicle history report. This step provides information on where the car has been and whether it was in any accidents that could affect the way it’s titled, it’s value and safety.