How to make the most out of your test drive

When you decide its time to purchase a new car there are lots of things to consider and a lot of research that should be done. It is not always an easy decision when purchasing your car. You need to consider what type of car you want whether that be a small car or a 4x4 or something in between. You have to make sure the car is practical for you. You also have to consider the prices and what you’re your budget is. It is also wise to check things like running costs and insurance costs to ensure you can afford to keep your car on the road. Most importantly you have to decide whether you like the car and the way it runs and you can do that by taking the car for a test drive. I have put together a list of some tips for you to remember when you test driver your potential new car.


-Firstly check to make sure you like the car you are about to drive. If you don’t like the look of the car then it might not be worth wasting your time with a test drive.


-Check the car for any damage if you are purchasing the car second hand.


-Take at least one passenger with you so they can give you their opinion on how the car feels from a passengers point of view.


-Allow enough time to be able to drive around to different places so you can see how the car handles itself on different roads and in different situations.


-It is also worth trying some of your everyday driving techniques like parking and reversing to see how the car copes with it.


-Go on different roads to see what the car is like. For example up a steep hill to see how it goes.


-See how your car takes corners.


-If it is safe to do so then it might be worth trying an emergency stop just to check your brakes are in perfect working condition.


-It is also essential to check the accessibility of the car. See if you can get in and out of the car easily.


-While you are on your test drive pay extra attention to how comfortable the car is to drive. Especially because you may end up taking long drives in the car so you need to be comfortable.


-Check to make sure you have enough room in all areas of you car. For example if you have kids then you might want to ensure the back seats have enough room as kids grow quickly. Same goes for the boot. You want to ensure you have enough room for your needs.


-Check all the documentation that comes with the car is all correct and present. Things like the service history.


-It might be worth doing a background check on the car if you are purchasing it from a private seller. This is so you can know the history of the car and find out things like whether the car has been stolen or been involved in an accident before.


This list just shows some of the things you should look out for when looking to purchase a new car. Make sure you do your research so you have enough knowledge about all things you should do and consider before purchasing your car. If you do end up purchasing a new car, don’t forget to protect your wheels from curb damage with RimPro-Tec Wheelbands. You can get your set on the website.