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Things To Consider When Test Driving A Car

By Toby Smith

When looking for a new car it is very important that you test-drive the car first. If you have never owned that type or class of vehicle in the past, it is a good idea to test-drive several different models of that type or class. This gives you the chance to compare models from different manufacturers and to get to know how driving this type of car feels.

To choose the cars you want to test drive start by looking at vehicles that will fit on your drive or in your garage. In addition, consider whether the car is economical enough for you. To do this you need to look at the costs of, insurance, servicing, tyres, road tax and congestion charges, as well as fuel economy. Dealers have this information at hand or you can find this information on-line at Parkers or Which Car.

Make a check-list and fill it in for each car after you have completed the test drive. For example answer questions like: Is the car accessible?, Am I able to get in and out easily? Will my passengers also be able to get in and out easily? Is the car comfortable for my passengers and me? Can the seats, steering and mirrors be adjusted enough for all users?

Once you have narrowed down the cars you like to a few take those cars on more detailed test drives. If you want the car to carry, your family make sure that one of your test drives includes taking the family with you. At this stage, ask yourself if all your belongings will fit in the car and if the boot is big enough to accommodate your family and hobbies.

Finally, make sure that you test drive the car in town, on country roads and on dual carriageways or motorways, so you can assess if you like the way the car drives and make sure that excessive engine noise is not an issue.

Finally, consider hiring one of the cars that you want to buy for a few days. Make sure that during this time that you use it on typical journeys. This seems expensive, but it will ensure you are not stuck driving a car you do not particularly like for several years.

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