When you’re buying a car it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the purchase. If you’re not careful you can easily miss little details about the car might bother you later on, or worse, that later on will bother you, or worse, cost you money.
We’d recommend 2 test drives when you’re buying a used car.
The first one is where you’ll get a feel for the car, how it handles, and whether you personally like the car. It’s also a good chance to take down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) so you can later run registration check and PPSR search.
If these checks come back okay and you really like the car, your second test drive will be to take the car to your mechanic or someone you trust, for a second opinion.
There’s a bunch of stuff you should check out before you actually drive off.
Here’s our 12-point pre-drive checklist:
Try to drive the car for half an hour the first time you test it. During this time you want to make sure you’re 100% comfortable with the power of the car and how it handles.
Have a go at reverse parking - you might find it tricky in an unfamiliar car, but you’ll get a feel for whether it’s going to get easier with practice.
If you have small children, take your seats and pram with you to make sure they will fit comfortably and safely. If you’re active and love the outdoors, you may want to check that it’s possible to fit roof racks to carry bikes, surfboards, or camping gear.
Now you’re ready to drive - make sure you know what insurance the dealer has and whether you’re covered if anything does happen on the drive.
In Adelaide it’s pretty easy to drive on a heap of different types of roads within just half an hour, so make the most of your test drive time.
One more thing you’ll want to check before agreeing to buy the car is the cost of comprehensive car insurance.
If you’re deciding between a couple of used cars, it pays to make a chart with each important aspect of the car, and grade each from A to F. This will help you to be clear in your mind when you’re back at home deciding which car to go with, and not make an emotional decision that disregards some of what you’ve learnt.
Compare your observations from the test drive with driving your own car or a benchmark model over the same roads to get a clear picture of the suspension and handling of the car being sold.
Now you’re ready to take your next used car for a test drive - download our checklist here to guide your assessment and compare different cars:
Buying a Used Car: Used Car Test Drive Checklist
If you’d like to test drive one of the Used Cars Adelaide current stock vehicles, send us an enquiry or message through Facebook and we’ll set up a time with you.