Tips for the Test Drive

December 12th, 2014 by


Okay, so we all get that when you’re looking at used cars for sale in RI, you’re supposed to test drive the pre-owned models you like before making a decision.

But aside from the obvious checklist, like the car moving forward on its own, what exactly should you be looking for?

Well remember, you’re going to have this vehicle for the next several years if you decide to purchase, so there are a number of things you should be thinking about.

Make sure you take your time and really experience what it’s like to be behind the wheel. Here are some tips about what to take into consideration when you go for a test drive.

Is It Comfortable?

Did you whack your head getting in? Are your knees up to your chin when the seat is all the way back? General comfort and convenience are key when you’re shopping for a used car.

You’re going to be driving this vehicle every day, so you better make sure that the seat supports your back, you can reach all the knobs, and you have a good viewpoint.

You should also check out whether the cabin setup is user-friendly. Do you have a good spot to put your coffee? Is there a convenient place to charge your phone.

If there’s an infotainment system, make sure that it’s simple to manage options and adjust settings while you’re driving.

And don’t forget to ponder the atmosphere. Is there a lot of road noise as you’re going along? Do you like how the audio system sounds?  Your car should be a place to relax, not a space that adds stress.

What Does It Feel Like?

You don’t have to be an automotive technician to feel when a car struggles to shift or has a hard time getting up a hill.

Test drive the car for long enough to find out how smoothly it transitions to higher speeds, whether or not it lags at all during acceleration, and how responsive the brakes are.

See how it feels on a bumpy road, going around a corner, passing another vehicle, and parking. Obviously you should avoid anything that just plain runs poorly. But there is also some personal preference involved here.
If you enjoy a sportier ride, then you’ll really want to focus on whether the car offers you a spicy enough experience.

On the other hand, that may be a non-issue if you’re looking for a solid commuter, and you’re not too worried about hugging the turns.

Whatever you’re looking for, think carefully about whether the vehicle meets all of your needs before committing.

There are many high quality used cars to choose from these days, and you deserve to end up in one that’s just right for you.