5 Tips for Test Driving a Used Car

Buying a used car doesn’t have to feel like a gamble. With proper research and planning, you too can find and negotiate the price of the car you desire. Being informed about a car before buying is great, but experiencing the car first hand is even better. This is why test driving a car is the most essential part of the car buying process. It gives you a chance to evaluate the car and helps you decide whether it is the right car for you. The notion about judging a book by its cover is especially true when buying a used car. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of helpful tips for test driving a car.



Inspect the Tires

Take some time to examine each tire individually. Be sure to pay attention to the tread and signs of uneven wear on the tires. Also, check to see if the tires are the same brand. You’ll want to ensure you’ll be safe on the road once you leave the dealership with your new car.


Examine the Paint Job

High quality paint is typically uniform in color and shine. Examine the car’s paint up-close and from a distance to get a clear picture of the paint’s quality. Make sure the clear coat isn’t chipping and has a consistent shine throughout the body of the vehicle.


Evaluate the Doors and Special Features

Be sure to open and close the doors to see if they function smoothly. Whether the car you’re considering uses keypads, keyless entry, or conventional locks, be sure to test the door locks. If you’re looking at a van or SUV like a used Chevy Traverse, make sure to test out the fold down rear seating if you’ll be utilizing that feature on a regular basis. Perhaps you’ll want to sit in the third row seat to get a true feel for the space available for extra passengers.


Drive Realistically

When taking the car out for a drive, be sure to avoid driving haphazardly. Map out a route similar to the one you would drive on a regular basis. This will help you figure out if the car is the right fit for you. Also, pay attention to gas mileage.


Ask Questions

Whether you are buying from a dealer or from a private seller, it’s essential to ask questions if something doesn’t seem right. Also, be sure to ask questions about financing options to fit your budget.

Visit us at Knudtsen Chevrolet to get the help you need finding the right car for you. Even if you are on a tight budget you can still drive off our lot with the car of your dreams. Be sure not to miss out on our Chevy Labor Day sale. If you already have your eye on a particular Chevy, give us a call at 208 215 3095 to schedule a test drive. Otherwise, you can visit us at 1900 E Polston Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854 to check out our line-up of Chevy specials.

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