When you’re looking at spending thousands of dollars on a new car, you want to make sure it’s the right one for you. That’s what today’s post is all about. Our Brantford auto loan team shares five test drive tips to help you spend your money wisely.
The Brantford auto loan team worked with our sales teams to come up with these 5 essential test drive tips.
Test drive the exact make and model
Our most important of the test drive tips is to arrange a test drive of the exact make and model of car you’re planning to buy. Different trim levels can have different engines and suspension and offer a completely different experience.
Plus, when you test drive a higher trim than you’re buying and fall in love with heated seats or self-parking, you’re going to want it on your own car, which will be more expensive!
Drive your usual roads
Make sure your test drive includes the types of roads you’ll drive every day. If you live in the country, find some country roads. If you take the highway to work, drive that. If you’re a city dweller, drive in the city.
Try all the different types of roads you can but make sure you spend the majority of the time on the roads you’ll be using the most.
Find a grocery store or mall parking lot during your test drive. Park the car a couple of times to see how easy it is. Is visibility good? Does the reversing camera work for you? Can you confidently manoeuvre the car around parked cars?
As we all drive in and out of car parks regularly, this is a minor but essential test you need to make before you buy the car.
You could always do a grocery run while you’re there to see if you can get a week’s groceries in the trunk!
Test the technology
Lots of modern cars are driven by technology so you need to also test drive the navigation, the touchscreen, the digital instruments and all the buttons and switches.
Different makes and model of car use different operating systems and some are easier to work with than others. Test all this before, during or after the test drive but make sure you’re comfortable with the tech.
Bring the kids
If you have children, bring them on the test drive, or part of it. Check to see how easy it is for them to get in the back, how simple it is to set up their child seat, whether there’s somewhere to charge their phone or tablet and whether the car is comfortable for them too.
It’s likely that you’ll be driving them around a lot so you want them to be comfortable and for you to be comfortable with them in the car with you.
While you have them, check to see if you can get their gear in the trunk or in the back.
Test drives are your opportunity to see if the car works as well in reality as it does on paper. The feel of a car is an incredibly important element of car buying and something no YouTube video or online review can help you with.
That’s why test drives are still an important part of car buying, even when everything else as gone online!
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