The test drive is your opportunity to inspect and get to know a vehicle. If you know what to look for, you’ll be able to make an educated decision about whether the car is the right purchase for you. When you test drive used cars, the salesmen at Queens Auto Mall in Richmond Hill, NY, recommend using their guide below.
Your Guide to Test Driving Used Cars
During the Drive
The drive itself is your opportunity to feel how a car handles. Take it both on surface streets and on the highway for the most thorough test. Take note of how comfortably you can get into and out of the vehicle. Leave the radio off during your drive so you can listen for the level of road noise and any unusual sounds, such as rattling or squealing. Test how well the vehicle accelerates and brakes, and try driving up a hill if you can. Get a feel for the vehicle’s turn radius by flipping a U-turn where it is safe and legal to do so. Test the suspension by driving over some speed bumps or a bumpy road.
During a Visual Inspection
Conduct a visual inspection after you’ve driven the vehicle. Start with the underbody, looking for anything dangling down and signs of rust or corrosion. Check that all the lights work properly, from inside the vehicle to the turn signal indicator. Inspect the windows and mirrors for cracks and test out the power windows on all doors. Test out the air conditioning and heating. Inspect the tires, including the wear on the tread and how much of the brake pads are left. Open the hood and check the cleanliness of the engine. All the fluids should be topped off and there shouldn’t be significant signs of residue. Dirty oil is a sign the car hasn’t been well-maintained.
The team at Queens Auto Mall take all the guesswork out of buying used cars. They have built a reputation throughout the Tri-State area for their high-quality pre-owned cars, which are available through traditional purchase or at the auction house. Take a look at their current specials online and call the used car dealer at (718) 523-9090 to discuss a test drive on any of their vehicles.