Make the Most Out of Your Test Drive

Make the Most of Your Test Drive Before Buying a Used Car

There’s a lot involved in choosing a near new car. There’s the big things like the car’s age, kilometres and, for some, the brand. There’s the smaller but often still important considerations, like colour, style and internal comfort. While there is a lot of information online, you can’t get the entire picture of a car until you’ve spent some time inside it.

Any good Tauranga used car dealership, like Near New Cars, will offer you the ability to take a car for a test drive. The test drive can be the final sale clincher or it could be a heart-breaking reality check that the car you love doesn’t seem to love you back. Either way, a test drive is one of the best ways to help you decide which car to take home.

Here are five tips to make the most out of your test drive at a Tauranga used car dealer:

1)  Does the car match your lifestyle?

Are you a single professional or part of a family of five? Do you need a run-around townie car or a country vehicle? Is there room for the family pet, the new baby seat, grandma? It’s easy to fall in love with a near new car, but it pays to look around the car’s interior and make sure the car you are going to bring home fits your lifestyle.

2) Don’t just try out the driver’s seat

You may feel wonderful behind the wheel, but how does it feel in the passenger or back seats? Test out all of the seats to make sure they’re all comfortable and spacious with working seat belts. Better yet, bring the whole family along and get everyone’s opinion on how it feels when you take it for a spin.

3) Test different cars on the same day

If you only test drive one car at a car dealer, the only comparison you are making is with the car you already own. By test driving different cars of similar styles, you can compare comfort, extra features and price. Perhaps you fell in love with that Nissan, but surprisingly feel more at ease in the Mitsubishi. You won’t know until you try a few and compare.

4) Adjust your settings

Before pulling out of the car yard, get familiar with your potential new car and make any necessary adjustments. Check the rear vision mirror, side mirrors and glance at your blind spots. The last thing you want is to get into a fender bender before the car is even yours! 

5) Consider Parking 

A test drive often consists of a trip around the block. This little journey can help you get the feel and manoeuvrability of the car but it doesn’t give you an opportunity to park. Every car is different, so it’s a good idea to pull into a parking lot and make sure you like the way your car feels when pulling into parking spots, parallel parking and doing three-point turns.

Tauranga car dealer, Near New Cars, wants to help you pick the perfect car and the test drive is one of the best ways to ensure that the car you want is the right fit.