The test drive is an integral part of the car-shopping process. A good or bad experience may sway you from one vehicle to another and could have a significant impact on what you'll be driving for the foreseeable future. Before you get behind the wheel of a potential ride, however, you should know what to expect and how to approach the situation.
Edmunds.com recommends that each driver begin a test drive by checking out the quirks of a vehicle. You should be paying attention to any minor issues you notice, as well as how comfortable the car is, because this will have a big effect on how you feel about the automobile in the long run. In many instances, this is just as important as focusing on the car's performance.
"It's a little like trying on clothes," said Philip Reed, the senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. "People come in different sizes and shapes, and they have different tastes in what they want. The little things that you spot now could be major annoyances later, so don't discount any of your reactions."
For example, you should take note of how easy it is to get in and out of the car. Are you liable to bang your head? Does the seat belt fit comfortably over your body? Is it easy to read the dashboard and gauges? All of these questions, as well as similar inquiries about how you can sit in the driver's seat, should be addressed during the testing period.
Of course, the key to having a good test drive is getting behind the wheel of a quality car. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, there are hundreds of options of CARFAX-certified vehicles – and any one of them could be a viable option for your next investment.
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