It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying a car that’s new, used, or certified pre-owned, the test drive is the most important part of making a smart automotive purchase. You can read all the reviews and spec sheets you want, the only way to tell if a vehicle is a good fit for you and your family is to get behind the wheel and take a spin around town. To make sure you find the perfect new or used Toyota, here are some tips to get the most out of your test drive.
Do a Walk-Around
Before you get behind the wheel, take a walk around the vehicle and note features you like and dislike. Get a good look at the vehicle from different angles. Open up the trunk or tailgate and take a look at the available cargo space. If you’re buying a used car, look for cosmetic issues such as dents and scratches. You should also take a look under the vehicle to make sure there isn’t significant rusting or leaking.
After you get in the vehicle, take a few minutes to situate yourself and get comfortable in the driver’s seat before hitting the road. Adjust the seat and steering wheel, check your mirrors, and figure out where the important controls are located (headlights, windshield wipers, cruise control, etc.) before you pull out of the lot. This is also a good opportunity to safely play with the entertainment system, instead of doing so while on the road.
Don’t be afraid to really drive the vehicle during your test drive. You want to feel how the car accelerates, brakes, and handles. Since you’ll be driving the vehicle every day, you want to test-drive like your drive in real life so you can get determine whether or not the vehicle is right for you. Just make sure you obey traffic laws and drive safely.
If you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned Toyota, come to Jerry’s Toyota and choose from the best selection of Toyota vehicles in Baltimore. Check out our entire inventory of new and used Toyota vehicles online, and then call us at (410) 661-5700 to schedule your test drive today.