Tips On How To Test Drive That Used Car or Truck

When you are in the market for a new car or truck whether it be used or not, you know that a good test drive is important to finding the best value in a used car. You  want a safe, reliable car right? Here are a few tips on how to test drive that used car or truck. Thanks to Edmunds.com for putting such a great article together. The article is long. So I just found bits and pieces for you guys. If you want to read the full article just see Edmunds.com.

1) Always have an open mind – You must be able to walk in there unbiased and unprejudiced. Keep your analysis as objective as possible so you can leave there with a good feeling of what that car has to offer you and your family. Forget that your dad was a Ford lover and you’re test driving a Chevy. The main thing is what’s best for you.

2) Set a benchmark. You need to set your own benchmarks. So maybe you aren’t sure which car or truck you’re interested in or what type you need. But that’s not a big deal at all. It’s more than ok to be torn between a car or a truck or an SUV. Just start by test driving as many cars or trucks as you can. Get a feel for what you like and what’s gonna be good for you and your family. You may find that you wanted a small coupe but you really like the way a truck handles better.

3) A pre-test inspection is key. Go ahead and look under the hood. You have the right to take a look. If you smell any kind of overpowering odor that could mean big trouble. checks for any poor maintenance signs. Don’t hesitate to check the oil and transmission fluid dip sticks and look for dirty or low fluid levels. Don’t be embarrassed to get on your back and look under the car. Check those hoses and belts for any cracks.  You want to be sure you’re getting a good car right? Check the tires! The point is that looking at all that stuff is important and you can do it. If you don’t know what to look for ask the Dallas Chevy dealer if you can take the car to your mechanic and have it checked out. The only reason they may say no is because there is something wrong with it. Keep that in mind.

4) Notes notes notes. Taking notes is important. Make sure you take notes about the ride, note any noises, get a feel for the steering, comfort of the cab, how do the brakes work, what do the tires look like, or anything else that you think is important. This will help you get a sense of what the vehicle has to offer.

5) Take your time. I know i’ve talked about this before but I think it’s worth mentioning again. Don’t get pushed into anything you’re not ready for. Don’t settle for a short test. If you want to drive the car or truck for an extra 10 miles just say so and don’t be afraid.

6) Try to be consistent. Just remember you are the test instrument. So try to drive like you normally would. 35 on the surface streets and 60 on the highway is a good way to start with out sending shocks to the seller. Just drive like you normally would. If you normally drive like a maniac then don’t do that!! ha ha.

7) Turn the radio off. Unless you’re scoping out the sound system, leave the radio off. This is so you can hear any unusual noises. Maybe even turn the A/C off and on and check for noises there as well.

8) Get a second opinion. Like I said before it’s probably a good idea to take the used car or truck to a mechanic for a thorough inspection and a test-drive. You’ve already looked over the car and have made your own opinions. It’s a wise investment to get a second opinion. – Edmunds.com

Can you think of any other good tips to take with you when test driving a used car or truck?


Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.