When it comes to cars, it’s easy to fall in love at first sight. For many, all it takes is one long, lingering look at those curves, that grille and the great technology to make you seriously consider signing on the dotted line right then and there. If you really want to get to know if that Ford is the perfect fit, though, you’ll want to take it out for a test-drive.
Ready to roll? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your test-drive and truly get to know your could-be new car:
- Grab Your Gear – How many times do you just jump in your car and drive? Probably not many. Chances are you’ve got backpacks, briefcases, purses, phones, wallets and a whole host of stuff you’re hauling. Don’t be afraid to bring it with you when you take your test-drive. Does the car have the space and a place for everything you need?
- Time to Settle In – Think of all the time you’ll be spending behind the wheel. Your comfort is important. Take a moment to find a seat position that works for you. Learn how all the controls work and how easy they are to operate. Adjust the steering wheel, mirrors, and get ready to hit the road.
- The Daily Grind – A trip to the corner and back probably isn’t enough for you to get a good feel for the vehicle. Do what you can to mimic your routine and the types of driving you experience regularly.
- Get Personal – People use vehicles in different ways. Once you’ve had a chance to see how it performs on the road, turn your attention to its features. You might have different needs depending on whether you’re trying out a car, truck, crossover or SUV, so don’t be afraid to be picky here.
Once you think about all the different ways you’ll use a new car, you’ll probably think of other items to investigate during the test-drive. Be prepared with a list of items to check and questions you might have for the salesperson at the dealership. When determining the right car for you, it’s better to ask too many questions rather than not enough.