How Do You Get the Most Out of a Test Drive?

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Best Tips for a Successful Test Drive

No two Southside Dodge customers are the same. However, how much they enjoy going for a test drive is something that ties them all together. After hours of reading automotive articles and reviews and getting financing together, taking a new car, truck or SUV for a spin around the block almost feels like a reward. Truth be told, our product experts largely feel the same way. A test drive is more than kicking the tires and hitting the road. Preparing for a test drive actually starts from the moment you decide you’re going to buy or lease a new automobile. Check out some of our best tips.

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What Should You Do Before a Test Drive?

Purchasing a car should not be an impulse buy. The happiest Southside Dodge customer is the one that has an idea of what they want to take home, narrowing down their options to only a few vehicles. Our team suggests making a list of requirements your vehicle must offer. Some of the things to consider should include:

  • Interior/Seating space
  • Fuel economy
  • Features
  • Costs (payments, insurance, etc.)

Additionally, you should come to the Southside Dodge showroom with your driver’s license and proof of insurance. If you’ve been pre-approved for a loan, either through our website or by your bank, that will prove to be very helpful.

How Do You Start a Test Drive?

Shrewd car buyers understand that a test drive begins the moment you step into the showroom. When you walk in, a member of our team will greet you and ask how they can help. It’s just fine if you want to spend some time looking on your own. We know how this works. Before you even ask about going for a ride do these things:

  • Examine the exterior for dents and dings
  • Make sure there is no cracked glass
  • Check the tires for wear and damage

You should do those checks, even when buying a new car. We try very hard to keep vehicles pristine, but accidents do happen.

The interior is just as important to look over as the outside of the vehicle. When you sit behind the wheel for the first time, adjust the seat as though you will be going for a drive right then. Also, take the opportunity to sit in all the seats just to see how they might work for likely passengers. This might be the only time you sit anywhere other than the driver’s seat. Adjust all the mirrors and test the turn signals. Everything should be comfortable to reach and work properly.

What Should You Do During a Test Drive?

At the point when you’ve spoken with a Southside Dodge product expert and you’re ready to go for an actual drive, we have a few more tips you should consider. When you start the engine, make sure everything sounds smooth and there are no overly obtrusive sounds. Also, you should do your best to mimic your daily routine as closely as possible, including taking the vehicle out on the highway, if possible. As you continue on your test drive, check the vehicle’s blind spots and ensure you can see as much of the area around the vehicle as possible. It’s not uncommon for people to find a vehicle they love on paper that isn’t a good match in practice.

If you’re ready to put these tips into practice, make an appointment with a Southside Dodge product expert today. We can set a few models aside for you to look at before you get here.