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How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

When it comes to choosing a new vehicle, the test drive is your prime opportunity to assess a car's performance, comfort, and suitability to your unique needs. At Bennett Dunlop Ford, we want you to make the most of this experience. Here are some critical tips to help you do just that:

 

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Bring a Friend Along

A second pair of eyes can be invaluable in spotting any potential issues. Furthermore, a friend can provide their insights, take notes, and, if they'll also be driving the car regularly, test it from their perspective.

 

Prioritize Your Needs and Wants

Knowing what's important to you in a vehicle is essential. Make a checklist of must-haves and desirable features, from handling to interior luxuries, and assess these during your drive.

 

Plan Your Route

A good test drive mimics your regular driving conditions as closely as possible. Plan a route that includes various traffic scenarios and road surfaces, allowing you to see how the car performs under different conditions.

 

Take Time Before Hitting the Road

Before leaving the dealership, familiarize yourself with the car. Check the interior and exterior, and play with the car's features to ensure they're within reach and functioning properly. Test the comfort level and overall ergonomics - everything from seating position to gas tank levels.

 

Drive Realistically

Your driving style on the test drive should be a reflection of your everyday driving habits. Evaluate the vehicle's acceleration, braking, and overall performance at various speeds. Listen for any noises or sounds that could indicate issues.

 

Pay Attention to the Vehicle’s Handling

The steering responsiveness and overall handling of the vehicle can greatly impact your driving experience. Make a variety of turns and notice if the vehicle requires constant adjustments.

 

Test the Brakes

Understanding the car’s braking performance is crucial. Test soft and hard stops and observe whether the anti-lock brake system functions correctly.

 

Park It

Parallel park the car to get a sense of its size, visibility, and handling in tight spaces. Also, view the car under different lighting conditions to identify potential issues that may not be visible in the dealership lot.

 

Test Drive It More Than Once

Testing the car under different conditions, including night driving, can provide further insights. Don’t hesitate to schedule multiple test drives if needed.

 

Take Your Time

A test drive should never be rushed. Spend about 30 minutes driving the vehicle, making observations and notes that can assist you in making an informed decision.

 

Remember, purchasing a vehicle is a significant investment and commitment. A well-conducted test drive can ensure that the vehicle you choose is truly right for you.

 

Ready to find your perfect car? Visit Bennett Dunlop Ford today and book your test drive. We're here to help you at every step of your car buying journey.

 

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