What to look out for in a test drive

Test drives, you either love them or hate them. An unfamiliar car can sometimes be off-putting for some people, and the presence of a car salesperson or the previous owner of the vehicle can make you anxious. However, whether you are buying a new or used car from a dealer or privately, a test drive can determine whether the vehicle you are looking at is right for you and can be the make or break to whether you buy the car.

Take your time

It is important to take your time when test driving a car. Buying a car is a big thing so making the right decision is very important. Take your time to properly inspect the whole vehicle to determine whether you actually like it and want to drive it in the future.

Decide if the car fits in with your life

It is essential to decide whether you think the car will fit into your life. If you have children is there enough space for everyone? If you will be carrying a lot of luggage around regularly will it fit in? Is the size and functionality of the car good for your lifestyle? These are all questions you have to think about when thinking about whether the car is a right fit for you.

Play with the controls and gadgets

When you first get into the car, the salesperson will most likely go through the most important controls with you, to ensure that you are able to drive the vehicle safely. This is also an excellent time to ask about additional controls or any of the car's gadgets, so you can see first hand how they work and whether you like them or not.


Gauge how comfortable you think the car feels before you even take a drive. See if you like how the seats feel and the way that everything is positioned. When driving, take note of how the car feels on the road and whether you can feel every lump and bump or if its a smooth ride and ensure that is something you are happy with.

Look for problems

If you are buying a used or nearly new car, it is always a good idea to look for any apparent faults while out on your test drive. Check that everything is working well, particularly with the steering and brakes. Look to see if all the technology in the car is still working, including the air conditioning and radio. If you do see a fault and are buying it from a dealership, let the dealership know, and they are most likely able to get this fixed for you before you commit to buying the car.

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