Test Drives Are Key To Finding the Right Vehicle

There are many different aspects consumers needs to pay attention to when shopping for new or used cars in New Jersey. Everything from researching the market value of the vehicle to finding out how it compares to similar makes and models can contribute to the final decision, but the test drive is the best chance to really find out if a certain vehicle is right for you. Getting behind the wheel gives you the chance to check for any issues with how the car drives, the interior features and other things like visibility and cargo space.

"The test drive can be the most important aspect of buying a new or used car, but it's also one of the most overlooked," said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor for Cars.com. "We want to ensure that shoppers don't let their emotions get the best of them when they should be gathering the important information they need to make the right purchase."

Cars.com recommends giving the vehicle a thorough once-over before you even start it up. Checking the door handles, power windows, radio and other features is a good start, especially when choosing a used vehicle. There may be something minor, such as a seat adjuster that sticks, that will wind up driving you up a wall if you buy the car. When you're sitting in the driver's seat, make sure you have clear visibility. You may find the SUV you had your heart on makes it next to impossible to see behind you. Cars.com recommends checking the storage space of the vehicle to ensure it will fit your needs.

New Jersey State Auto Auction carries a wide variety of makes and models, giving you will have plenty of options to choose from. Plus, all their vehicles are CARFAX certified, so you know you're getting a reliable vehicle.