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Things to Look for While on a Test Drive

Tips for Test Driving a Car

Test driving is a crucial step to the car buying process. A test drive can tell you if the vehicle is right for you and if there are any problems with it that you should be concerned about. Of course, there are many things to look for on a test drive. At Broadway Credit, we will help you get the most out of your test drive by detailing many key things you should be watching for and checking.

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Inspect the Vehicle’s Exterior and Interior

Before starting up the vehicle, inspect its exterior and interior. For the body, look for rust, cracks, dents, and any missing paint. If you notice a paint color that looks different than other parts of the body, it may be a sign that the vehicle was in an accident. Take a look at the windshield and all the windows for any dents or cracks and check the tires for uneven wear or excessive wear. Don’t forget to also test the brake lights and turn signals.

Inside the vehicle, check the seats to make sure they feel comfortable and look for any stains or rips. You’ll also need to inspect the vehicle’s interior features like power windows, air conditioning, heat, and radio to ensure that they are all working properly. Also, check the dashboard to make sure that there are no warning lights and the temperature gauge looks normal.

Listen for Strange Noises When Idle and Driving

Both in the lot and on the road, you should listen for any strange noises coming from the car. Weird noises that you don’t believe should be present could indicate a mechanical problem that may require repairing, which could cost you heavily depending on the repair. We highly recommend keeping the radio off for the remainder of your test drive.

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Pay Attention to How the Car Reacts on the Road

If everything looks good so far, it’s time to take the vehicle out on the road. You’ll want to drive the vehicle both within the city and on the highway. As you drive, carefully pay attention to how the car reacts. For example, see if the car can take turns easily and watch for any strange resistance. As you apply the brakes, pay attention to how the brake feels. While on the highway, make sure that the vehicle accelerates and shifts as expected. Check its steering by locating the car’s blind spots and safely changing lanes. Also, make sure that the vehicle isn’t pulling to one side.

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