Test drive plays the most important role for any car buyers as it lets you judge the pros and cons of a particular car model. Most often the car buyers take the test drive as the formality to drive it for a kilometer and check the features, but it is not this way. Buying a car takes proper evaluation of the requirement that seek in a car as it is your long term investment.
When you step down to dealers, they would tell you the cars that will suit your budget and your requirements as their goal is to develop customer seller relationship that leads to repetitive sales and excellent after sales service. But it is the buyer’s duty as well to determine his needs and select the car which fits him the most. Here are few tips for our automobile enthusiasts to test drive the vehicle in a particular and proper way:-
1) Test drive the vehicle in both city conditions and on highways:-
When go for the test drive, prepare to test the vehicle on both city conditions as well as on highways. Most often people go to some traffic free areas and drive the vehicle with ease. This is wrong as the buyer is not able to judge the proper functioning of the car. While going for a test drive take the vehicle in some safe corners of your city and test out with the brake functioning. Drive on the roads wherein you usually prefer to drive or your daily driving roads.
2) Check the parking space occupied by the car:-
Checking the parking slot for the car is one of the major tasks to check when you go for a test drive. Always ensure that you take the test drive vehicle to your parking slot and check how properly it fits to your parking. Park the vehicle in the parking slot and check how easy it is to park it as it would be the daily routine.
3) Get the knowledge of features in available the car :-
When you go for a test drive never forget to get the knowledge about the high tech and latest features installed in it. Crosscheck with other cars that what extra features are available in it and what all features helps you to drive more easily and perfectly. Check the usage of gazettes and features, like if you are going to test drive a Nissan Micra, check the functionality of its start/stop function, ABS working, DVD player utilities and its buttons usage etc.
4) Examine the handling of the car from both driver and passenger seat:-
When you go for a test drive always remember to check the handling and comfort of the car from both driver’s seat and passenger’s seat. While you are on the driver’s seat, you need to check the sitting posture, seat adjustment and how handy the drive of the car is. Sometimes you might go for long routes that require high level of comforts, hence, always check what all features the car is loaded with that can provide you with maximum comforts.
Do not forget to check the leg-room space of the car as the driving becomes difficult if the leg-room is quite less. Moreover, the headroom and shoulder space of the car also plays important role in selection a right car. Get the proper examination of the front and rear cabins in order to see the cabin space comparison of all the selective cars.
5) Listen the noises coming from the car :-
It is quite necessary to listen the noises coming from the engine, air-conditioner and other parts of the car. Generally, petrol cars have very silent running engine but diesel engines are considered as the noisy ones, therefore, while you plan to opt for a diesel car test drive, always check the engine noise and noise coming from the Air-conditioner. Most often it happens that the sales person keeps on chatting with you, which does not let you to listen the noises coming from the vehicle; therefore, spare some time to check the noises coming from the car.
On the other hand, listening noise plays important role in checking the music system of your car too. Sometimes the music player or the speakers do not have a good sound quality that totally lows down the driving pleasure; therefore, ensure that you check the sound clarity of the music system.
6) Go for the test drive with a driving expert:-
If you are expert enough to drive the cars in all the conditions, you alone can go for the test drive and find its pros and cons. In case you are a new learned car driver, take along any of your friend who can distinct in class driving and car comforts through a new car, or a driving expert who can let you know how better the car performs or a car mechanic who can judge the driving, performance and class in few moments.
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