How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

Before you commit to buying a vehicle, it’s essential to get behind the wheel and try it for yourself. Here’s how to make the most of your test drive and ensure that you end up with a car, truck, or SUV that you like.

Before your drive

You can learn a lot about a car before you even start your test drive. Pay attention to the experience of getting in, the comfort and adjustability of the seats, and whether the steering wheel and other controls are easy to see and reach. Check whether the safety and connectivity features are intuitive to locate, use, and pair with your smartphone.

If you’ll be carrying passengers in the rear rows, make sure there’s enough room for them to ride comfortably. If you have small children, make sure their safety seats fit properly. You may also want to note how the rear seats fold, how the trunk opens, and whether there’s enough cargo space for your needs.

During your drive

As you drive the car, there’s a lot you’ll want to notice:

  • Can you see clearly while backing up, changing lanes, and making other maneuvers?
  • Does the vehicle accelerate, brake, and steer in a way that feels comfortable, safe, and otherwise acceptable for you?
  • Is the ride smooth or bumpy? Precise or forgiving?
  • Does the heating and air conditioning system keep the cabin comfortable for you?

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we stock an extensive selection of used vehicles for you to test drive. Keeping these tips in mind when you get behind the wheel at our dealership will help you make a choice you’ll continue to love for years to come!

3 Tips for Test Driving a Car

Tips for Test Driving a Car
We here at Chip Wynn Motors have provided some useful tips for test driving a car that will tell you all you need to know.

New or used, you should take a car on a test drive before making a final decision. Test driving a car is the most important step in actually deciding to purchase a car. If you aren’t comfortable, hear anything strange, or the car doesn’t seem to drive right, you’ll find out on the test drive. Staring at the car’s exterior is one thing but we here at Chip Wynn Motors have some tips for test driving a car that will tell you all you need to know.

  • Before. Once you’ve informed the salesman you’re ready for a test drive, there’s a few things you’ll want to check out first. Check the tire tread by running your hand over the surface of the tire. If it isn’t wearing evenly, point it out. Open the hood and look for anything out of the ordinary, like massive amounts of dirt and grime.
  • During. When you’re on the road, you’ll obviously want to make sure you’re comfortable. Make sure you can see and read all the gauges and controls. Test everything, especially the radio, heat, and air conditioning. Drive on the same terrain as normal. If the car can’t handle your usual drive, like hills and curves, take that into consideration.
  • After. Sleep on it, so to speak. Evaluate and reevaluate your drive over the next few days before making a final decision. If the car doesn’t seem right for you, don’t be afraid to walk away.