T - Test drive

05 June 2006

Test drive - This is the opportunity for a prospective buyer to try before they buy. It's advisable to take the car for a long test drive on a variety of different roads, including town, twisty country roads and a motorway or dual carriageway. Try and make time to practice parking the car, too.

Try to test drive on roads you're familiar with at a time when there is little traffic, so you can concentrate on what the car is doing rather than where you are going. Consider comfort, ease of use and visibility as well as how the car drives. If test-driving a used car, listen out for any strange rattles or concerning noises. Always get a used car inspected by a professional for thorough peace of mind.

Remember to bring the family along if you want the truest test of the car as your extended family motor.


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