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Test Drive Tips Whether Buying a New or Used Car

Tips for Taking a Test Drive Whether Buying a New or Used Car

Posted On 10 Oct, 2018

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Your test drive begins at home. You probably didn’t expect this sentence to be the first one to read in the article but it’s true. What we recommend is that you begin by doing two important things before getting to the car dealership.

1. Clarify what exactly you need

2. Check out some reviews

You need to know full well how big of a car you need. If you have a big family, then opting for a mini-van might be the way to go. If you are on your own, then even a convertible is not the worst choice. The power of the car also matters. This will determine the fuel consumption. For urban conditions, you will rarely need a very big and powerful car.

If you are a young driver with little experience behind the wheel, we also do not recommend a vehicle with a lot of horsepower. Furthermore, when you try to buy a used car, know that a larger engine is harder and more expensive to repair.

Next, you want to go online, visit the proper websites and read as many car reviews as you can. Stay within the model you have chosen and just take a deep dive in the information there. Pay attention to the common problems that people have and decide if those problems are deal-breakers.

Once You Get to The Dealership

Bringing a friend with you when doing a used car test drive in the UK is a good idea. Regardless of whether that person is an expert, two heads think better than one – four eyes are also more effective than just a pair. What many folks forget to do is make photocopies of their license. Your paperwork needs to be flawless and having an insurance and a current license is a must.

It goes without saying that you should listen carefully to the sounds the car makes. Pay attention to both the engine and the suspension. Another thing that buyers forget is to drive the car at various speeds. Once you’ve chosen your route, look for areas in which you can step on it. Check the way the car behaves when driving fast.

Finally, the parking of the car also matters. Certainly, smaller vehicles are easier to park but that’s not all. You need to become familiar with the turning radius of the car. See if the vehicle can park in tight spaces – this is always an advantage.

 

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