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Tips that will teach you how to test drive a car the right way

Tips that will teach you how to test drive a car the right way

Posted On 08 Oct, 2018

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If you ask around, you will quickly find out that your friends don’t really know how to test drive a car. If you seek help from them, you are doomed to fail in your purchase. This is why we have composed the following piece in order to help you recognize which car is good and which one isn’t.

Unlike most fields of life where “there’s no wrong way to do it” when it comes to test driving a vehicle, there actually is one. So, make sure you follow our tips and find the right way. So, let’s begin with a simple sentence – sound matters. No, we aren’t talking about the audio system of the car, but the sounds the components of the car make.

Ideally, the engine will be quiet and will work in a rhythmic fashion. Many sellers will allow you to start the car and leave it running for a couple of minutes before the actual driving takes place. This will allow you to stand close to the engine and listen for any abnormality.

As you get in and start driving, you need to keep paying attention to all sorts of sounds. First, as you press the gas pedal, the engine will rev and that’s when you are supposed to hear whether anything is wrong. Next, as you drive through some patched road, you should try and grasp if the suspension makes any sounds.

Shifting Up and Shifting Down Should Be Smooth

Another key part to pay attention to is the gearbox. If it is a manual one, then you need to see if it switches the gears smoothly and without any stutter. Also, pay attention to the clutch pedal. Any malfunction there will lead to the car stalling. In case the gearbox is an automatic one, that still doesn’t relieve you from any listening duties. In case the car has troubles shifting on its own or if it makes loud sounds during some gears, then there’s a problem with the gearbox.

In case your car test drive is longer and you are testing an electric car, make sure to ask about the life of the battery. You need to know how long it would last and what charging time is needed between trips. Checking the foldability and movability of seats also doesn’t hurt especially if you have a larger family.

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