5 Tips for Test Driving a Used Car

Buying a used car? It is important to take it for a test drive first. Here are some things to look for when test driving a used car.

Before You Get In

First, take a look at the outside of the car. Look at the tires and make sure they look fine and match each other. Check for things such as leaking fluids. Mismatched paint can be a sign of a collision. Make sure the exterior lights and signals are working properly.

Before You Drive

Next, get comfortable in the car. Try out the heating and air conditioning system. Try out the sound system (but keep the radio down when you drive the car so you can detect strange noises). Check things such as mirrors and interior lights.

During the Drive

Next, start driving the car. You have to make sure that you feel comfortable in it. Make sure that the steering is smooth. Try changing the gears. Make sure the brake and gas pedals work fine and are smooth. 

After the Drive

You also have to take the car for an inspection by a professional mechanic. This is the only way to find out if there is anything seriously wrong with the car that the untrained eye cannot see.

Be Reasonable

Keep in mind that you are buying a used car. It is not new and not everything will feel brand new. Make sure it works properly and provides a comfortable drive, but not everything has to be perfect.

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