Buying a used car might seem like a gamble, but when done right, it’s a win-win for you. The best way to get the most out of your buying experience is doing a test drive. Although doing research online is a plus, it’s the test drive that will help you determine whether or not the vehicle you are considering is the right one for you.
There is more to a test drive than simply driving the car off the lot for 10 minutes. Make the most of the time you have with the car by getting to know it inside and out. Here are a few test-driving tips to help you buy the best vehicle for you.
Inspect the Exterior
Start from the outside and work your way in. The used 2014 Chevy Cruze you’re eyeing might look as good as new but it’s still a good idea to inspect the exterior details. Be sure to inspect features such as the paint quality, headlights and taillights. Also, with the cold weather in full swing, be sure to make the windshield wipers are in good shape and ready for those wet days.
Inspect the Tires
Take some time to examine each tire individually. Dealers typically inspect and service all used cars before selling. It’s important to inspect the tires, especially when buying from a private seller. Used cars from private sellers often have different tire brands. That is one thing you won’t have to worry about when buying from Knudtsen Chevrolet.
Check under the Hood
Taking a peek under the hood will allow you to see what kind of condition the engine and car parts are in. This will also give you a chance to inspect the battery, belts and hoses for signs of wear and tear. Once you’ve had a good look under the hood, run the engine while the car is idle. Doing this will give you an idea of how well the battery and engine perform.
Inspect the Interior
If you are looking to buy a used sedan such as the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, be sure to try out the interior features. Thanks to the Malibu’s premium quality and durable high-tech features, its interior offers a comfortable and entertaining ride. While you’re trying out the driver’s seat be sure to check out the rear seating as well. This will give you an idea if there is enough leg room or cargo space for your day to day needs.
Take the Car for a Spin
Whether you are considering buying a used car, truck or SUV, be sure to take it for a test drive for at least 15 minutes. Drive the vehicle in the conditions you would normally drive in if possible. This will give you an idea of how well the vehicle will be able to support your lifestyle. Be sure to take the vehicle for a drive on the highway at high speeds and on regular roads. Also, pay attention to any unusual noises or smells while driving.
Lastly, be sure to stay open minded when visiting a dealership. You might have your mind set on a used Chevrolet Cruze, but checking out a different model such a used Chevrolet Malibu might help you find the car that is right for you.
Whether you are considering buying a new or used car, you can expect an unparalleled buying experience at Knudtsen Chevrolet. Visit us at 1900 E Polston Ave, Post Falls, ID, 83854 to choose your dream car from our wide selection of used vehicles. Also, give us a call at 877 270 3220 to schedule a test drive today!