When you are considering buying a car, you should always give it a thorough test drive and inspection – especially if the vehicle is used or pre-owned. We’re not just talking about turning on the radio and seeing how great it sounds. It’s crucial that you fully inspect a car before signing your name on the dotted line.
There are many factors to consider when deciding if a vehicle is properly suited for you and your family. Read below for a few great test driving suggestions from Edmunds.
Be patient. Take your time when deciding on a new or used car. You should never feel rushed or be in a hurry. If you don’t have the time to thoroughly test out a vehicle, then come back later. Buying a car is a big decision and you shouldn’t rush it!
Conduct a thorough pre-test inspection. When you go to inspect and test drive a vehicle, take someone with you who understands cars and knows what to look for. For starters, pop the hood and check out the oil, coolant, transmission fluid, battery, fan belts and hoses. Also, look at the tires, paint job and any other cosmetic details of the car.
Listen. Find some peace and quiet. That means turning the radio off and listening for any strange sounds the car makes while driving, as well as while it is idling.
List the pros and cons. Take notes and write out all of the advantages and disadvantages of this particular vehicle. If you end up with more cons than pros, then it may not be the car for you.
Seek a second opinion. Get another opinion from someone very knowledgeable about cars, such as your mechanic or a trusted friend.
These were just a few suggestions on how to make an informed decision when buying a car, truck or SUV. At Bryant Motors we offer a wide selection of new and used vehicles. If you’re in the Whiteman AFB, Warrensburg or Sedalia area, please stop by our car lot at 2901 S. Limit (US Hwy 65) or contact us.
We would love to be your car dealership of choice and help you find your perfect ride!