Ways to Get The MOST Out of Your Test Drive

Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of potential cars that you’d like to purchase, you’re going to want to get behind the wheel to witness how they stack up when put against each other. Every car is unique, which makes it easy to overlook things with all the excitement of a new vehicle. Here’s how you can get the most out of a test drive.

1. Bring a friend. Having someone accompany you to the dealership with you is a good decision since the person can act as an extra pair of eyes. If a loved one, like a spouse or child, is going to be operating the vehicle, you should give them a chance to get behind the wheel as well. 

2. Prepare your route before you reach the dealership. You want to test the car in diverse environments to comprehend how it feels. Stop and go traffic, highway driving, and smooth and bumpy roads should all be on your checklist of environments to test drive the car in. Listen for unusual noises and pay attention to any uncomfortable vibrations as you drive in each environment.

3. Test the brakes. You’ll want to bring the vehicle to conditions where you can test its stopping capability. Make sure you brake hard and soft to perceive how the model slows down under different inputs. Keep track if the car pulls to one side while braking or if you have to push the pedal to the floor to make it stop. Take all of these things to the attention of the dealer.

4. Drive the car realistically. Test the car out by accelerating, decelerating, passing, and merging. Get a feel of what the engine power is like, whether it accelerates rapidly enough for you, or if it doles out more power than you can handle, and so on. 

Schedule Your Test Drive Today at Stokes-Trainor!

If you live in Greenwood, Lexington, or Irmo, visit Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet. Located in Newbery, Stokes-Trainor is great place to test drive a variety of Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles from compact cars and SUVs all the way to large trucks.