It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but a DMEautomotive study of about 2,000 consumers found that 1 in 6 people did not take a test drive when buying a new vehicle, and a third surveyed only test drove one vehicle. This is an odd choice considering buying a new vehicle is usually the second most expensive purchase a person makes — in their life! Here at Great West Chrysler, we want to ensure that you purchase the right vehicle for your needs, and that means taking the vehicle you’re interested in for a test drive. If you fall in the minority that doesn’t consider a test drive to be an important aspect of buying a new vehicle, then read on and learn about the benefits of test driving your potential vehicle.
One of the benefits of test driving is being able to get a feel for the vehicle. Make every interaction with your new vehicle an important one, including opening the door. Does it stick? Does it feel flimsy? Are you afraid you might rip the handle clean off? You can tell a lot about a car’s construction by the door, and if the door doesn’t feel well put together, what are the odds the rest of it is?
There are many benefits of test driving a vehicle, including answering the question “Is it comfortable?” That may seem like a silly question, but similarly to vehicles (and possibly more so), people are built in all different shapes and sizes. And despite the manufacturers’ best efforts to make sure that their vehicles are comfortable for all, it simply isn’t possible. So get behind the wheel, adjust the seat, check your blind spots, just make sure you are comfortable! Even though you probably won’t be riding in the backseat too often, go back there and make sure it will be comfortable for your potential passengers.
Another benefit of test driving is knowing how a vehicle will handle your daily commute, so while the salesperson may want to take you on a route that minimizes the vehicle’s imperfections, take a road you would normally drive. If you have to deal with bumpy roads, you’ll want to make sure that the vehicle’s suspension is up to the task. If you have to merge on the freeway everyday, you better make sure that the vehicle has the right amount of torque and acceleration.
A great sound system is a key feature, especially if you love music. But keep in mind, blasting the stereo is not a benefit of test driving. You can crank it up when you are back at the lot. While driving, listen to the vehicle. Is the road noise deafening, or does the cabin cancel out most of it? Does the vehicle sound clunky shifting gears? If the engine starts screaming while you accelerate going uphill, does it really have the power you need? It’s very important to block out distractions -like the radio- and focus on the task at hand.
If you are going to be spending a large amount of money on something, you are going to want to make sure that it is perfect for you. Here at Great West Chrysler, we believe that our vehicles are capable of handling just about anything you can throw their way. So if you’re in the market for a new vehicle just give us a call, and we can help you choose the right vehicle, and book a test drive for you. Because no matter what you’re looking for, Great West Chrysler has the perfect vehicle for you.