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Buying a New Car: Top Test-Driving Tips

Last updated 7 years ago

The decision to buy a new car requires a lot of research. Some of the necessary information can be gathered online, and some by asking questions at the dealership. But perhaps the most important part of your research is the test-drive. If you know how to test-drive a car properly, then you can obtain a great deal of information in a short amount of time. Here are a few good tips on effectively test-driving any vehicle, whether it’s a Saab, Subaru, or Volkswagen:

  • Make a Pre-Departure Checklist

Just like an airplane pilot would, make a checklist to be sure that everything you need is present before you go. Things on this list can include paint color, power train qualities, and seating capacity. If the vehicle does not offer what you need, then forget test-driving it and move on to the next model.

  • Listen for Noises

When you are test-driving a car, try to focus on the sounds and noises that it is making. The engine, tires, and wind resistance will all make some noise during the ride. Make sure that this is not too loud for your liking. If you are test-driving a used car, then listen for the sounds of engine and brake issues.

  • Consider the Feel

Another thing to focus on during the ride is how the car feels to drive. As a driver, you must consider the steering and braking qualities. Does it feel easy and natural to control? Then you must consider the comfort—how is the suspension? Are the seats and climate control comfortable?

  • Test the Power

To determine how powerful a car is, try to spend part of your test-drive on a highway. This way you will get to experience how well the car accelerates to reach highway speeds. You can then see if it has the extra acceleration power to pass trucks and slower vehicles quickly and efficiently.

If you want to put your driving skills to use by trying out a new Volkswagen, Saab, or Subaru, then call Falcone Automotive at (317) 263-0002 and set up a test-drive. We offer high-quality, affordable vehicles and service to residents of Indianapolis. Contact us online for more information about our inventory.


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