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Tips for Test Driving


Now that you’ve found the perfect car, the next step is test driving. We’ve put together a list of tips for test driving that you should keep in mind, including research, real-world driving, and more. These are some of the many things to remember before you buy your next vehicle.



First, do as much research as possible. You should always try and narrow it down to two or three vehicles—each of which you can test in turn. Try to drive potential vehicles back-to-back to get a more objective comparison, and ask around for friends and family members to come on the test drive with you. An added opinion is always valuable.


When actually test driving, be sure to try out the vehicle in every scenario you’re normally in. For example, see how it handles on city streets, in traffic, and on the highway. If possible, test drive the vehicle overnight to see how it handles in the dark. Be sure to check visibility and comfort, and well as enjoyability. You don’t want to get stuck with a car you dislike.


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Next, test the vehicle, this time without the engine on. We’re referring to things like rear seating, storage space, and ease of access. Are seats adjustable? Do they fold easily? Will your car seat fit? All of these are important things to consider when testing out a potential vehicle.


Although it can be tempting to drive and buy immediately, it’s best to sleep on decisions. Think over pricing, financing, warranties, and maintenance. If you drove other vehicles, be sure to consider these as well.



These four steps will help you make a more informed buying decision. If you do adequate research, drive extensively, test it with the engine off, and reflect on the test drive, you’re bound to find your dream car. Stop by Friendly Ford today to test drive any one of our many vehicles.

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