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What to Look for When You Test Drive A Car

As a potential car buyer, it is important to note that a thorough test drive is an essential and necessary component of the car buying process. Think of it this way: if you are at the store to buy new shoes, the likelihood that you purchase the shoes without trying them on first is slim to none.

Just like the shoes, you will want to know how the car fits and feels before taking it home. A test drive allow you to do just that, they let you experience the car before making any rash decisions.

Follow these tips to ensure you make the most of your test drive.

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Critical Thinking

When it comes to deciding what kind of car you should get, it is a good idea to reflect on your life and determine what car best suits the needs of lifestyle.

Sometimes the car you want is not necessarily the car you should get. If you are happily living the bachelor life, then by all means, buy that convertible sports car.

But, maybe it is time to rethink the two-seater when you have a family of four to care for.

Schedule an Appointment

We are all familiar with the stereotypical car salesman whose only goal is to make a profit off upselling you. Most salesmen are not as wicked as television and movies make them out to be, but some dealerships still have their ways of deceiving you.

The most common way dealerships exploit the system is by listing vehicles on their websites that may not physically be at the dealership yet. Falsely listing available vehicles attracts potential customers into the dealerships.

Once the customer learns the vehicle they are interested in is not on the lot, the salesman can use this as an opportunity to sell similar models.

To avoid falling into this trap, call the dealership ahead of time to ensure the vehicle is on the lot.

Schedule an appointment to ensure the vehicle will be ready to go as soon as you arrive at the dealership.

Make a List of Features

The best strategy a potential car buyer can have is making a list to describe all the features of your dream car. Then, split the list into two sections: wants and needs.

The need section will hold all the features you are not willing to budge over, including fuel economy or price. The want category will cover all the features you want but do not necessarily have to have, including color, trim level, or additional accessories.

Having a general idea of what features you will and will not compromise over will help you decide which car is even worth a test drive.

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