The test-driving process is easily the most deciding factor when it comes to the future satisfaction you will have with your new or used car. So, before you head out to our car dealerships in the Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte areas, take a few moments to brush up on the dos and don’ts of test-driving a vehicle. The following tips will be especially helpful if you are a first time car buyer.
Inspect the Car
The first step in the test-driving process, especially if you are looking into purchasing a used car, is to walk around the exterior of the car and look for scratches, dents, and any other imperfections. If you find any of these things at a car being offered at a dealership, point it out to the staff so that they can get it repaired for you. It’s also a good idea to have a look at the quality of the tires to make sure they have enough tread.
Be an Attentive Passenger
When you hop into the car for the first time, the salesperson will likely have you sit in the passenger seat while he or she takes the car out at first. Use this time to get used to the car’s features, such as the navigation system, seat controls, air-conditioning system, and sound system. You don’t want to be messing around this these features while you drive.
Test the Car’s Drivability
Once you’re behind the wheel of the new or used car that you’re test-driving, you should be focused intently on the driving experience. Test out the car’s brakes, maneuverability, turning radius, handling prowess, acceleration, and its overall level of quietness on the road. You may even want to consider returning to the dealership one evening to take the car out at night and see how well the headlights work and how the gauges and buttons in the interior look in the dark.
Take a test drive in a wide variety of new and used cars in the Punta Gorda area by coming to the Palm Auto Mall. We are Southwest Florida’s ultimate destination for new and quality pre-owned cars and trucks. Visit our website to see our full inventory, and call us at (941) 347-6775 for more information.