The test drive is one of the most important parts of the car buying process. While you can spend hours upon hours researching models on the Internet and looking at them on the floor of our used car showroom, you cannot get a real feel of how each performs until you actually drive it. In order to fully gauge how well a used car is suited to you and your family, pay attention to these things during your test drive.

Before You Drive: Before you even take your test drive, there are a few things you should do. Map out a test route that includes busy streets, freeways, hills, and an empty street or parking lot. This way, you can test the vehicle in a variety of different driving situations. Also, if you have a friend or relative who is familiar with cars, bring them along on the test drive and solicit their advice.

Driving: During the drive, check a few different aspects, starting with the smoothness of the transmission’s gear shift. Also, make sure that car doesn’t swerve to one side, test for excessive vibration at high speeds, try parking the car in tight spots, and test out the cruise control. When you’re entering the freeway, test out the acceleration and the braking in a few different circumstances, ensuring that it’s responsive but not over-reactive.

Interior: When in the cabin of one of our used SUVs, trucks, or sedans near Plymouth, WI, first make sure that it is comfortable for both the driver and passengers. Also, play with the audio system, the infotainment system, and all other controls. Don’t forget to adjust the seating and steering wheel, and check out the backseat and cargo space.

If you’re interested in taking one of our pre-owned vehicles for a test drive, visit us today! We look forward to working with you here at Van Horn Budget Auto.