Top 5 Test Drive Tips for Smart Car Shopping – CARFAX

Top 5 Test Drive Tips for Smart Car Shopping – CARFAX


You’ll probably never buy a car without taking
it for a test drive. I mean seriously, the test drive is half the
fun. But it’s serious business and here are some
tips to make sure you’re test drive goes well. Here are the top 5 things to check out. 5. Lights On – Lights Off When you first start the car your attention
should be on the instrument panel and dashboard. Indicator lights for all the car’s systems,
like the engine, airbags, and brakes, will light up when you turn the key. These lights should all come on and then within
a few seconds turn off once the car starts. If any of the lights don’t come on, or they
stay on, there may be a problem. 4. Make Sure You Can Go If the car you’re test driving has an automatic
transmission, with your foot firmly on the brake, put the car into drive or reverse. Within a second or two you should feel the
transmission smoothly engage. If the drive train doesn’t engage, or it
jolts into gear, the end may be near. 3. Make Sure You Can Go Straight On a flat road at highway speed loosen your
grip on the wheel. The car should keep heading in a straight
line. If the car drifts or pulls to one side or
the other a wheel alignment may be an easy fix…BUT, more costly problems could be the
cause. 2. Make Sure You Can Turn You’ll want to pay attention to the steering
and handling of the car during your test drive. Make sure the car responds as expected when
you move the steering wheel. A good way to test is taking the car to an
empty parking lot. While driving, gently turn the steering wheel
back and forth from the right to the left. 1. Make Sure You Can Stop While you’re in the parking lot, getting
your speed up to about 30 miles an hour then firmly apply the brakes. Brakes in good repair will stop the car in
a straight line without any odd noises and without the brake pedal pulsating or feeling
squishy. Remember, you’re not testing the radio,
so turn it off and listen for any kind of noises like humming, buzzing, clicking or
vibrations. One more thing to know… don’t be shy about
asking questions and always get a mechanic to inspect the vehicle before you buy. If you have any questions or comments, please jot them down below. And make sure you follow us. We may answer your questions in a future video.

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