Wednesday 16th November 2016
Top tips on how to test drive a car.

So, you’re in the market for a new car? Great news! But with so many options available to you, how can you possible choose?

The Telegraph reports:

Drive rivals back to back

If you’re interested in several models, try to arrange the test drives for the same day. It’s difficult to spot the differences between cars if you drive them more than a few hours apart.

Take your time

When arranging a test drive, ask the dealer for at least an hour with the car so you can see what it’s like to drive in town, on the motorway and on country roads. And make sure you avoid the rush hour; there’s no point in spending the whole time stuck in traffic.

Consider seat comfort

Another advantage of a lengthy test drive is that it will let you check how comfortable the seats are during an extended period behind the wheel.

Test the right spec

Ask to drive the exact model you’re interested in. It’s no good trying the wrong engine or gearbox, and ideally you’ll try the car in the correct specification, too; more expensive models often have different wheel sizes and suspension setups that can have a big impact on comfort.

Check the car fits your life

If you’re buying a family car, make sure everyone has enough space. And bring along child seats and other items you regularly carry to make sure they fit. An easy way to do this is to book a home test drive, which can be done via the Telegraph's partnership with TestDrives2u*.

Look closely for faults

When buying used or nearly new, you need to pay even more attention. Make sure the paintwork and interior trim are in good condition. And look out for knocks and bangs, worn tyres, and faults with the electrics or air-conditioning.

Don’t let yourself be pressured

Once you’ve test driven the car, the sales staff will be keen to do the deal. But if you have any doubts, it’s best to give yourself time to think. And don’t be afraid to ask for a second test drive if you’re still not sure.

Having the confidence that you’ve made the right investment will take a real weight off your shoulders. These top tips should ensure you’ve found the right car for you, at the right price. Buying a car often means parting with a large sum of money, so ensure you’re not rushed and pressured into making a decision you’re not entirely comfortable with.

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