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3 Things to Look for When You Test Drive a Car

Dazzling White (1)What to look for in a test drive depends a lot on the type of car you’re inspecting. Naturally, a used car is going to require a bit more scrutiny for wear and tear than a new one, but in either case the things to look for break down into three general categories:

 

Drivability: Basically, how does it feel when you drive it? Does it accelerate well? How is it on steep hills? Does it shift gears smoothly? Are the brakes responsive? Does the steering wheel pull to one side when you brake? How is the overall handling?

 

Comfort and Interior: Is it comfortable to drive? Can you hear excessive noise when you’re in it—especially during acceleration? Does it provide a good view of the road and your surroundings? Do you feel safe driving it? Do all the controls work properly? Is the interior in good condition? Are there any unexpected odors—possibly from something leaking?

 

Body and under the Hood: Is the body in good condition? Any signs of rust or replacement/repainting? How does it look under the hood—do the engine and surrounding systems appear clean and rust-free? Can you see any leaks?

Each of these categories should be thoroughly inspected. However, what’s most important is for you take all the time necessary, so that you feel totally confident and comfortable with the car before putting your money down.

 

Source: TrueCar.com

 

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