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Test-driving A Vehicle? Here’s What to Look For


Are you in the market for a used car? If so, you know that test-driving a vehicle is an important step in the process. It can be difficult to know what to look for, though. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you make the most of your test drive. As a Syracuse used-car dealer, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux is committed to helping you find the perfect vehicle for your needs.

Here’s what you need to know about test-driving a car:

What to look for during a test drive

When you’re test-driving a vehicle, pay attention to how driving it feels. Here are some things to look for during your test drive:

Handling: Does the car handle well? Does it feel responsive to your inputs?

Brakes: Do the brakes feel strong and responsive?

Acceleration: Does the car accelerate smoothly and quickly?

Steering: Does the steering feel tight and responsive or loose and unresponsive?

Noise: Do you hear any unusual noises? These could be signs of trouble.

Let’s say you’re test-driving a car and you notice it making a strange noise when you brake. This could be a sign of worn brake pads or a more serious issue. It’s important to bring this up with the salesperson so that he or she can investigate the issue before you make your purchase.

Tips for a successful test drive

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your test drive:

Schedule your test drive during the day, when there’s plenty of light to inspect the vehicle.

Test drive the car on a variety of roads, including highways and side streets.

Bring a friend or family member for a second opinion.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice concerns.

Take your time. Don’t feel rushed to make a decision.

Ask for maintenance records

Before you buy a used car, ask for maintenance records. This will give you an idea of how well the vehicle has been cared for. Look for a car that’s had regular oil changes and tire rotations and other routine maintenance. If the previous owner has neglected these important tasks, it could be a sign that the car has other issues as well.

Let’s say you’re test driving a car you really like. You ask the salesperson for maintenance records and that person provides you with a complete history of the vehicle’s upkeep. You notice the car has had regular oil changes, brake inspections, and tire rotations. This gives you confidence the car has been well-maintained and is a good choice for you.

Check for wear and tear

During your test drive, check for signs of wear and tear. Look for scratches, dents, or other damage to the body of the car. Check the tires for wear and inspect the interior for any signs of damage or excessive wear. If you notice anything that concerns you, be sure to bring it up with the salesperson.

Test the features

If the car you’re test-driving has features like a backup camera, a touchscreen display, or a navigation system, be sure to test them during your drive. Make sure they work properly and that you’re comfortable using them. If you have any questions about how to use these features, ask the salesperson for a demonstration.

Visit Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux for your test drive

At Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, we want to help you find the perfect used car for your needs. That’s why we offer a wide selection of quality used vehicles and a commitment to customer service that’s second to none. If you’re in the Syracuse area and looking for a car dealership you can trust, visit us today. Questions before you stop in? Call 877-828-4940.

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