Reasons to Test Drive a Used Car

by | May 2, 2018 | Automotive, Car Dealer

When shopping for a used car, there are a few different parts of the process. One of which is the test drive. This is when the dealer recommends that you take the car for a drive for a few minutes before you decide to buy it. This is one of the most vital parts of the process, but you may not know why. Well, that’s what this article exists to help correct. So, if you are browsing second hand cars in Toronto ON, here are the main reasons to test drive any used car you’re interested in.

#1. Learn how it handles

If you are on a modest income, you can probably only afford one car at a time. Which is why you need to make sure you like the car you buy. That includes getting a feel for how it handles, how sensitive the brakes are, and how much of a reaction the steering wheel causes. These are important, subjective aspects of a car that can only be discerned by taking it for a drive yourself. Dealerships are trying to sell you the cars, so they’ll try to make every car sound like it’s the best handling car in the world. However, you won’t know that for sure until you sit behind the wheel.

#2. Explore the benefits

It’s one thing to read about a certain benefit about a car in the ad and go “oh that sounds cool” and another thing entirely to drive it yourself and see how useful that benefit actually is. Sure it may sound nice for a car to have multiple cupholders that fold out with the push of a button, but unless you have eight friends, you’ll likely not get much use out of it. It may seem nice for a car to have lane departure warning, but if you don’t like the feature in practice, it may be best to move on to the next car.

#3. Test the interior

Do you have kids? If so then you’re going to want a car with a lot of space, whose interior can take a lot of punishment, up to and including dropped food, messy fingers, and curious hands that pull at every little thing. Or maybe you’re an artist who needs a lot of trunk space for their tools. Test driving the car gives you a good bead on the benefits of the inside of the car, which you will be occupying through most of your day.

If you need a dealership who will gladly let you test drive their cars, then look no further than Eli Motors.

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