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What to Look for When Test Driving a New Car

"Speed Car" by qimono via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

Speed Car” by qimono via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

If you are in the market for a new car one of the biggest mistakes you can make is just going for a simple test drive. When purchasing a new car you want to do a thorough test drive, with many different things to check off on your new vehicle. So many people make the mistake of thinking that since the car they are buying is new they don’t need to go for a test drive. They mistakenly assume that the new car is going to simply be better than what they are currently driving. If you are buying a new car learning what to look for when test driving a new car can help you make the right decision. We here at Irvine Auto Center are happy to help you make that decision. To help you know what to look for, here are some new car test driving tips.

Test Drive the Car You Want

There is no point in testing driving a car that isn’t close to what you want. If you are going after a car with a V8 engine you don’t want to test drive a V6. What is under the hood isn’t the only difference; body style also needs to be close. If you are going after a commuter car there is no point in testing driving a full-size SUV. When testing driving the car never just go around the block. Drive the car where you will be driving it the most. Make sure out of all the opinions you hear from friends and family, that your opinion trumps them all.

Look Under the Hood

Look under the hood and examine all aspects of what you can see. You are more than likely not a mechanic, so you can have the salesman point out where things are located. Look to see what kind of condition the engine and other components are in. You also want to look at how easily accessible things like the battery and dipsticks are.

Check your Comfort Level

The last thing you want to buy is an uncomfortable car. You need to ensure the car is something you can easily get in and out of. You also want to make sure you actually fit in the seat. When considering a car think about how long you plan to have it and the changes you and your family will go through. As your family increases in size the little car might not be so comfortable, so looking ahead is important.

Test Drive your New Vehicle in Irvine, CA

Looking to test drive new vehicles in Irvine, CA? Live in or around Orange County? Come on in to Irvine Auto Center today for any of your new or used car needs! We have a great selection of makes and models at amazing prices- we can get you into your dream car at a dream price. Visit us today to learn more!

 

Read More on the Blog: What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Car

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