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How to make the most of your test drive

Trying before you buy is one of the most important things to do before purchasing your new car. There are few other ways to really get a feel if a car is right for you. Here’s how to make the most of your test drive.

Do some research first

Before you head to the showroom, do some online research of the cars you are interested in. Watch some review videos or read what owners have to say. Why? Because you will get an idea of what to expect from the car you are driving. Not only that, but you may also be made aware of common faults with the car. If you know a common fault, you might be able to spot the same fault in the car you’re testing.

Drive as much as you can

Some dealers will give you a day or two to test drive your car. Others a couple of hours. Whatever you have available, make sure you get the most out of your test drive. That means using it as much as possible in the time permitted (and following any rules the dealer sets). You should also make sure to use the type of roads that you use regularly. So if you’re commuting to work by motorway, make sure you get out on one in the test drive.

Have someone else give it a go

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a mechanic for a friend. But you may know someone who has a passion for cars, or knows a bit more about them than you (or even just your dad). Get them to have a go behind the wheel and see what they think. They will have a different opinion to you and won’t be too swept up in the thrill of buying a new car.

published: 06/08/2018 13:52:40

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