Everyone wants to test drive a vehicle before committing to buy it, but do you really know what you should be looking for once you get behind the wheel? These tips will help you know what to look for before and during your test drive.

Before You Test Drive

Drive the Car You Want to Buy – Sometimes a salesperson will offer to let you test drive a similar model, but you should always test out the exact vehicle you want to purchase. Even if there are many similarities, every vehicle is unique and has different benefits and drawbacks.

Ask for a Demonstration – Your salesperson should be able to demonstrate the key features of the vehicle, including the heating and cooling system, audio and navigation. This way you won’t have to fumble around with the controls while driving.

Get to Know the Vehicle – Have the salesperson assist you in finding the oil dipstick and where to add oil. Also check to see if the battery is easily accessible. Check out the spare tire including where it’s located and if it’s full sized or just a doughnut.

More to Explore – Size up the trunk to see if it is large enough to accommodate anything you may want to carry around. Instead of just sitting in the driver’s seat, test every seating position to make sure they are comfortable for your family. Be sure to see what it’s like getting in and out of the vehicle, especially if you or your loved ones have any physical conditions that may make it difficult in some models. Finally make sure you can easily reach the pedals and steering wheel and have enough headroom.

The Test Drive

Drive it Around – Some drivers think they can only take the vehicle around the block, but the best thing is to test drive it in the environment in which you will actually drive on a regular basis, including on the highway, in stop-and-go traffic and in crowded parking lots.

Keep Quiet – You can check out the audio system before or after the test drive, but during you should leave it off so you can listen for any noises the vehicle might be making. Listen for humming tires or wind noises and what the engine sounds like under hard acceleration.

A Smooth Ride – Pay attention to how smooth the ride is, including how the suspension handles small bumps.

Other Factors to Test Out

  • Visibility, including blind spots
  • How long it takes to get up to highway speeds
  • The smoothness of upshifts and downshifts
  • The responsiveness of the steering
  • How smoothly the brakes stop the vehicle including a hard brake from 40 mph

Acura Vehicles in Lynbrook

If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with the vehicle you drove, ask the salesperson to see something else. Acura of Valley Stream has a large selection of both new and pre-owned vehicles available to test drive to make sure you find the perfect vehicle for you. Our website allows you to apply for credit, estimate your payments and even value your trade-in.