Test Driving 101: Dealing With Used Cars for Sale

One way to ensure the used car you’re looking to buy is really for you is to take it out for a test drive. This is usually done after thoroughly researching the vehicle and familiarizing yourself with what you can expect from it.

A standard test drive typically spans 15 to 30 minutes, and consists of visually inspecting the vehicle and taking it out for a spin. A salesperson from the dealership may accompany you, or leave the test drive to you completely which has become the norm since the global pandemic.

Some dealerships also allow for an extended test drive, in which you hold on to the vehicle for 24 hours. As you’ll have more time with the vehicle, you’ll be able to gain a better perspective on whether your chosen ride fits your overall lifestyle.

Tips on Test Driving Used Cars for Sale

  • Start in the passenger seat, so you can play around with the vehicle's features without worrying about driving simultaneously. You can use the time to check the air conditioning, heater, navigation system, and audio system.
  • Check the gauges and determine whether they’re easy to view from your vantage point.
  • Pay attention to any blind spots and consider whether you'll need extra cameras to cover those areas.
  • Try to drive the vehicle in as many situations and conditions as possible. You’ll want to test it out on a freeway versus a local neighborhood, or try it out on a steep hill. See how you do on bumpy roads as well.
  • Check the brakes and observe how well the vehicle slows down. Be sure to let the dealership know when you plan on doing this so that someone can assist you in case anything happens.

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