Created on Friday, 28 May 2010
Here are some pointers to consider when taking new car out when visiting dealership.
One of the most exciting aspects of buying a car is taking it for a test drive. At this point, a purchaser has probably narrowed his or her choices to a few vehicles and is one step closer to making a "buying" decision.
The test drive will help to evaluate the features that can't be fully appreciated by surfing the Internet, reading a brochure or watching a video. It will provide key indicators that will either persuade (or dissuade) you from buying.
Consumers often think that a test drive should be hurried, or that it's not important. In fact, I've known cases where people who have purchased cars using a broker, or sight unseen, without ever having actually test-driven the vehicle. How many people would buy a pair of shoes this way?
The product adviser at a new-car dealership will always suggest a test drive, so that you get the on-road feel of the vehicle that you are considering. There are technologies and websites that offer virtual test drives. This may provide some amusement, but it cannot truly replicate the actual experience.
Here are some pointers to keep in mind before taking that all-important test drive:
Your product adviser will usually suggest a route that will allow you to experience the vehicle under most road and traffic conditions.
If you want to bring along a friend or relative, that's okay. Their input may point to a feature or something that you may have otherwise overlooked.
Not all cars are all things to all people. The likes and dislikes of any model should be weighed by all of the drivers in the household who will be operating the vehicle — a good example being ride comfort. Some drivers enjoy a firm suspension, others want a softer ride. A test drive by all of the individual drivers, often will lead to consensus toward a sound decision on what to purchase.