How to Test-Drive a Used Car

test-drive a used car

If you have decided that a used car is the right choice for you, you have already made a smart choice. Buying a used car can help save you thousands of dollars. However, if you want to get a great used car and not a mediocre one, you need to know how to test-drive a used car.

  1. Stay neutral. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is mentally buying the car before you have even seen it. Be prepared to say no even if it is a car you really wanted.
  2. Do a walkaround. Before getting in the car, do a thorough inspection of the exterior. Look for signs of damage, uneven tire wear, or noticeable leaks underneath the car.
  3. Start the engine. Star the car and let the engine idle while you listen. Do you hear any squeaks or other unwanted noises?
  4. Test the interior. While the engine is running, take a seat inside. Make sure you can fully adjust the seat into a comfortable driving position. Test the interior components, like the HVAC, radio, and infotainment system.
  5. Hit the road. Do a thorough road test that includes highway and city driving. Don’t forget to try parking the car and get a feel for how it drives in reverse.

Now that you know how to test-drive a used car, act on it by stopping into Urka Auto Center and checking out our great selection firsthand.

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