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How to Test Drive a New Car

Buying a new car is the second largest expense most people will have after buying a home. So choosing the right vehicle is a big decision. The first recommendation is to visit cartango. Here you can search for the best car suited for you and your family. There are many options including body style, fuel efficiency, manual or automatic, cruise control, leather seats, sunroof and much more!

Once you have narrowed your choices down to a few different vehicles, you have several options. If you have questions, call or e-mail the dealership. This will also help you in choosing the right dealership. Once you are ready, head down to the dealership. A salesperson will make contact with you very quickly. They’re quite interested in helping you test drive their cars. Usually the salesperson will ask to make a photocopy of your driver’s license for security and insurance purposes. Then, off you go.

Take your time during the test drive, and be ready to ask lots of questions. Typical test drives last fifteen to thirty minutes and usually follow a standard route used by the dealership’s sales staff. Especially with new cars, the salesperson will accompany you and may drive first to tell you about the car’s features.

How should I start the test drive?
Have the salesperson show you how to be seated comfortably in the car so the safety mechanisms will work properly. Many buyers overlook that step in their eagerness to get on the road. The salesperson should show you the proper seating position. Adjust the mirrors to your liking and get a feel for all the controls before setting out.

What should I ask about during the drive?
Safety and fuel economy are two things that most people ask about first. Ask about warranties, service intervals, and other things that contribute to the cost of owning the car. Ask about technology items such as a navigation system or premium stereo, climate controls or anything else that’s high on your priority list.

How do I know a car is right for me?
With so many choices on the market today, the biggest thing is what fits the family’s lifestyle. Look at what a vehicle has to offer compared to what you’re looking for and how it fits your needs in those areas.

What should I look for during the drive?
Get an idea of how a vehicle performs in different driving situations, such as merging onto a highway and in stop-and-go traffic. Make sure you can see out of the vehicle well when merging and backing up. Sit in the front and rear seats to see if the people who will ride there regularly will be comfortable. If you have a car seat for a child, make sure it fits properly.

By taking notice of how the car fits you and your lifestyle, you can use a test drive to make the final decision about the vehicle you want to drive. Be sure to use cartango and all of the helpful features on the site. You can even take a “Car Soulmate Survey.” This is a surefire way to find your best vehicle options. Make the effort to test drive multiple vehicles and do not rush into buying a new car.

One of the many great tools at cartango is the Messaging feature. This is an anonymous message you send to a dealership. You do not have to include any personal information and you can still communicate with a sales associate. You can also “tango” with multiple dealerships as they compete for your business. Happy car shopping!