How to Make the Most of Your Time When You Test-Drive a Used Car

by | Oct 1, 2019 | Auto Dealer

No matter how many pictures and history reports you may have at your disposal, the best way to know if a used car is the one for you is to take it for a test drive. When considering used cars in Southern Illinois, however, it’s important to remember that the test drive isn’t meant to be a joy ride. You must make the most of each moment you have in the vehicle to fully determine if it’s the one for you. Here are some ways to maximize the time you spend with a potential vehicle.

Test for Fit
As soon as you get behind the wheel of a car you’re considering, you will notice the amount of legroom available to the driver. However, it’s also important to test the room available for the passengers and cargo you plan to carry. If you have children who use car seats, bring the seats along to make sure they will fit properly in the vehicle. It’s also a good idea to test the backseat for yourself to ensure it’s adequate for passengers, even if you don’t haul them that often.

Ask Questions
When you’re test-driving used cars in Southern Illinois, don’t hold back when you have questions. If there is a feature you don’t know how to use, ask the salesperson for help. If you can’t use a particular feature, you won’t be able to test it for proper functioning. This could result in an unsatisfactory purchase So, treat the sales associate as an expert and ask every question you can think of.

Start With Extremes
When you arrive at the dealership for a test drive, it’s common practice to have your vehicle pulled to the front of the building, ready for you to take the wheel. If you think ahead, however, it’s better to forgo this courtesy. That’s because you’ll want to get in your vehicle at its most extreme temperature, either hot or cold, to put the HVAC system through its paces. By starting from an extreme temperature, you can get a full picture of just how effective your vehicle is at heating or cooling itself.

If you’re considering a test drive, drop into Hawk Auto to check out our top-quality preowned vehicles and meet our friendly and knowledgeable associates, or go to website to browse our gallery.

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