Are you going to be purchasing a new vehicle, and have narrowed down your selection to a couple of different models? If so, it will help to follow these tips when taking a vehicle out on a test drive.
Make Sure The Vehicle Is Insured
The first thing that you should do is make sure that the vehicle is properly insured. The last thing that you want is to test drive a car, get into an accident, and then end up being responsible to pay for the damages. Making sure that the vehicle is insured will give you peace of mind before you go out on a test drive.
Drive On Roads You're Familiar With
Taking a test drive in a new part of town may not be the same experience that you are familiar with. The roads may be smoother or bumpier than roads you typically drive on, giving you an experience that feels different than what you are used to. It is worth taking a test drive on roads that you are familiar with. If this is not possible, drive in the areas you plan to test drive the vehicle on with your own vehicle first. It will give you a feeling of how a new vehicle will handle.
Give Yourself Enough Time
You will need to give yourself enough time during the test drive to really get used to the new car. The first time you drive the vehicle is going to be awkward, as you need to adjust your seat, fix the mirrors, and get used to where things are located. You'll never be able to properly test drive a vehicle if you go once or twice around the block and call it a day.
Try to get at least half an hour in the vehicle during your test drive when you are serious about buying it. That should be enough time to figure out if you like how the vehicle handles and get past those new car jitters.
Try Sitting In The Backseat
A common mistake that people make is focusing on the comfort of the vehicle for you as the driver. If you are test driving with your spouse, it is worth spending some time in the backseat during the drive to see how comfortable it is. Do you find yourself feeling crunched or a bit claustrophobic? If so, this is going to make for an unsatisfactory experience for anybody that is a backseat passenger.
If you're looking for a new car, including a new Ford, visit a dealership in your area.