How to review a car - Introduction

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If you ever wondered how we test cars here at What Car? then read on and find out how we review the cars you buy.

Above all else, our testers stick to one simple rule – to always put ourselves in the shoes of the buyer.

If we’re testing family cars then we’ll focus on areas such as space, practicality, safety and comfort, while always taking into account factors that will affect those all-important finances.

On the other hand, if we’re testing sports cars then desirability, performance and handling along with a fun factor, will be a higher priority.

Step into the world of company executives, and equipment levels, refinement, leasing rates and taxation become the critical factors.

Regardless of the criteria, however, every car we test is scrutinized in nine separate areas.

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