Top 10 Tips on How to Test-Drive Used Cars



Before buying a used car, it is important to test drive it. However, not many people know how to perform this test that helps to separate the good used cars from the duds. Rather than just motoring about, it makes sense to use these 10 tips to test-drive your used car.

1. Keep your Mind Open for all Possibilities

The best test drive of a used car is one that is conducted with an open mind. This helps you judge the products that are better than the competitors in some respects while being inferior in others. 

2. A Benchmark Helps

Carmakers create the benchmarks that help them distinguish the areas of their products that outshine the competitors. A used-car purchaser should also create benchmarks to know which vehicle is the most desirable.

3. Inspect the used-car before taking it for a test drive

Before test-driving a used car, it is a good idea to make sure that it is in good working condition. For this, you will need to inspect things like oil levels, coolant and transmission fluid levels, as well as tire pressure, and more. If you believe the car has been crashed previously, then you may want to look at another vehicle.

4. Jot down your notes

Before test driving the used car, you need to create a chart with all the main areas covered, such as the ride and noise, as well as steering, and so on. Create notes about what you noticed when driving the car and compare these notes with those you made for other vehicles.

5. Be Patient

You should be patient, which means that you should be sure to take the drive for up to ten miles to assess every different criterion.

6. Consistency pays

The best test drivers are humans and not vehicle-test computers. The only thing you need to do is be consistent when evaluating the used car.

7. Don’t drive with the radio on

You should switch off the radio, and the air-conditioner (from time to time), as well as the heater fan. Leaving the windows up helps as then you can hear all the unusual sounds the vehicle is making.

8. Drive the vehicle as you normally do

Driving the vehicle in a normal manner helps you to pay attention to what you are doing.

9. Test drive in a dead-end road

Most used cars have an issue with constant velocity joints. To find out if yours also does, drive the car in an empty parking place or a cul-de-sac.

10. Ask for a second opinion

Asking another person to test drive the used car can help you determine the results more efficiently. Take the vehicle to a mechanic and ask them to thoroughly inspect the vehicle. 

Remember that you can pay a visit to your dealer in Wilton, CT serving Fairfield, New Haven, and Danbury. For more information about Wilton used cars, or used car dealerships in Wilton, CT, visit the Bruce Bennett Nissan dealership in Wilton, CT today. 

Source: Nissan