Shopping around online can help you narrow down the prospects and find used cars within your budget. Taking the cars for test drive will answer your questions about which one is right for you. Discover how to test drive a used car in MO to get the best transportation for your needs.
Schedule the Test Drive
It takes about 30 minutes to properly test drive a used car. If you show up without notice, you might not get enough time to ensure a good test drive experience. Schedule the test drive and let the dealership know you will take around a half hour. Arrive on time and make sure to bring your driver’s license to the appointment. Go alone or with a mechanic or helpful second party that will not distract you during the test drive. Try to leave the kids with a babysitter so you can be focused on the test drive.
When you are ready to test drive the vehicle, inspect the exterior for scratches, dents, and imperfections. Get into the car and determine if there is enough space for you to comfortably enter and exit the vehicle. Consider if the seats are comfortable and whether you have clear visibility from all the windows. Make sure you can read all the gauges. Figure out where all the control are before you head out on the open road.
Driving Around Town
The test drive should include parking, idling, local driving, and driving on a highway or parkway. Listen for sounds such as rattling or a hum from the engine. Consider how the car accelerates and slows down. Check the brakes and make sure you can stop properly. Figure out if the car is easy for you to drive in any situation you may face on the road.
Inspecting the Vehicle
While the car might look and sound good to you, it makes sense to have an independent mechanic inspect the vehicle before you decide to buy it. Check the CarFax report to find out more about the history of the vehicle, including maintenance records and whether it was in an accident in the past. Inquire about the warranty the dealer offers and whether an extended warranty is available. This basic research helps you get the best price for the vehicle and ensures you are getting a quality car.
With a bit of preparation, your test drive can be the determining factor to help you select a vehicle you can depend on.