Making the most of your test drive from a used car dealer

Making the most of your test drive from a used car dealer

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Arguably the most important part of car shopping is when you come to test drive the vehicle. Used car dealers will provide you with a chance to try out a car before you buy it. This can be when a car suddenly feels right for you. During the test drive, you will want to make the most of this brief time in order to really get to know the vehicle. This is your opportunity to try out as much of the car’s features as possible in order to make an informed decision about whether to buy it. It is especially important when you are buying from a used car dealer to check for any wear and tear from its previous owner. But what kind of things should you keep in mind? Want to test drive our Ford Focus RS. With 2 Years extended guarantee and finance.

It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the vehicle before you even set off. You should do things like find out where the indicators are, turn on the windscreen wipers and put on the handbrake. You will not only get a chance to ensure they are all in working order but also discover if they feel comfortable for your style of driving. Speaking of comfort, this is something should be kept in mind too. Is there enough room? Are you happy with the storage? And do you feel cosy in the driver’s seat?

Once the used car dealer has made all the appropriate checks, it is time to set off. When you hit the road it is crucial that you try the car out in a variety of different scenarios to get a comprehensive understanding of how it works. It might be worth taking a look at the map for the area surrounding the used car supermarket and plan a route for your drive in order to test everything from the braking to the turning. By doing this you will be able to feel if it is uncomfortable when you’re hitting bumps, if it’s too jerky when you are braking, if it accelerates as fast as you would like when pulling out of a corner, etc. At Rix Motor Company we stock pretige cars and at this month we have a big sale on Mercedes A Class, C Class and E Class with finance available even if you have been in the UK for less than 1 year.

By this point you should have done some research about the car you are potentially going to buy from your used car dealer. You will probably be knowledgeable about what technology, equipment and features are unique to that particular vehicle such as a touch-screen sat nav or a reverse camera. They may sound like a great idea on paper, but you should test them out to see if they work to your satisfaction.

Hopefully, by making the most of your test drive, you will be able to make up your mind about the car you are browsing. There should be few unanswered questions about its performance, handling or comfort by the end of the rest drive meaning you have all the information necessary to go ahead and make your purchase.

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