rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Business » 5 things to know before you test drive a car

5 things to know before you test drive a car

June 19, 2014 10:56 IST

5 things to know before you test drive a car

     Next

Next

Being an educated car buyer that you are, it won't be wrong to presume that you've gone through every bit and detail of the road tests and comparisons related to the car that you are planning to purchase, right?

Well, it's time to stop staring at the computer screen and head out to take a test drive of the car instead, but just to make it a bit easier for you, here are a couple of things that you should keep on mind while going for a test drive.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: A woman driving a car.
Photographs: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters
Tags: com

     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Making yourself comfortable

Once you are done talking to the dealer about the car, it's time to get inside what soon could be your next car.

First thing first, check how wide the doors open and how easy it is to get in the vehicle.

Feel free to adjust everything, just to have a firsthand experience of how easy would it be to live with the car

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: A model poses inside a concept car.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Features and Space to glance over

What brochures and videos fail to tell is the actual amount of usable space in the car. Now that you have the vehicle in front of you, why not check that out.

Features, on the other hand, are easily visible, but don't miss checking them out.

The first hand experience will certainly provoke some questions and with the salesperson standing next to you, answers won't be far either.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: A woman touches the display inside a Volvo car.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Get to the business

It's time to take the test car out for a spin, which is the main reason why you travelled to the dealership, isn't it?

If you are accompanied by a friend or family, make sure to invite them along for the drive too.

That way, you'll get to know how comfortable things are for them. Also, make sure that you too take a passenger ride as well.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: Renault's electric car taken for a drive.
Photographs: David Silverman/Getty Images
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Try to drive in varied conditions. Start by understanding the way the car handles on an empty stretch of road, if possible.

After that, try mixing things up; drive in stop-go traffic, make U-turns, explore the ride quality by driving over broken tarmac etc.

It would also be great if you could decipher how friendly the vehicle is to drive in these conditions.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: Model Rachel Reynolds drive a car.
Photographs: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Apart from the drive, the whole experience will also tell you about the usable creature comforts present in the car, namely the AC and entertainment unit, if any.

Don't break traffic rules and while you might be an experienced driver, please don't forget that it's not your car, so don't take liberties with it.

Having said that, keep in mind that this is probably the most lasting impression the car would make on you, so don't shy away from clearing your doubts either.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Image: A German policman holds a police signal stick to stop cars.
Photographs: Carsten Koall/Getty Images
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Time to assess

How noisy, how powerful, how comfortable, and how easy to drive, and how special does the car feel? Make a list and compare the results with the other test drives you may take.

We would suggest that you don't finalise the car on the same day. Give it some time, give it some thought.

Test drive multiple cars and pick the one that suits you the best, obviously keeping in mind your requirements, budget, and of course, your liking.

 Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Photographs: Courtesy, Autoportal
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Negotiating with the sales guy

Liking a car is easy, but jumping to a decision is even easier. Don't make the mistake.

Chalk out the options you have, evaluate them, and then decide.

After you discuss and decide, then comes the time to bargain (so that you get true value for your hard earned money).

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Photographs: Courtesy, Autoportal
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Dealerships always have a considerable margin, a little of which they can give up for the customer. Don't let that go waste.

There's also a number of promotional offers that carmaker have on their new cars, so there are a lot of ways where you can save, but that deserves to be covered in a different article.

Click NEXT to read more…

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Photographs: Courtesy, Autoportal
Tags: com

Prev     Next

5 things to know before you test drive a car

Prev     More
Prev

More

For now, focus on the test drive. Grasp as much as you can.

Make notes in your phone, if the need arises, but don't let any information go unnoticed.

On top of all this, relish the moment. You're going to buy a new car, and that is something very special.

Powered by
Autoportal.com is a unique attempt to bring together a comprehensive platform to watch, learn and explore about the car industry from the well researched and updated content.


Photographs: Courtesy, Autoportal
Tags: com

Prev     More