Four Small Things That Are Often Overlooked During A Test Drive

If you are shopping for a car at car dealerships, the test drive is all part of the process and for good reason. This gives you a true feel for the car to know that it's the right one for you. However, during this process, the excitement can become a bit overwhelming, and certain important aspects are overlooked that lead to people buying a car that ends up not being the right one for them. Here are four of the smaller things that often go unnoticed:

  1. Cargo Space: The first thing you should do is take a look at the cargo space, especially if it's something that you need. Parents might need it for the stroller and other equipment for the kids. In fact, it's probably a good idea to bring the stroller along to see if it will fit in the space where you need. Other things to consider bringing along with you are things that you often have to carry with you, whether it be an instrument, surfboard, dog kennel, or something else. Speaking of dogs, pet owners should be sure that there is plenty of space for their pets in their vehicle, especially if they have a large dog. You might even want to be sure that you choose a car that has seats that completely fold down for your dog. 
  2. Car Measurements: This is really only necessary for anyone who may have a small garage or parking space. The best rule of thumb is to ask if you can drive the car home to see if it will fit in the space with ease. If you are unable to drive it home during the test drive, then at least measure the garage or parking space and then use those measurements against the measurements of the vehicle. 
  3. Ease of Entering and Exiting: Often times, the excitement of getting into the vehicle to drive it overrides the fact that the car is hard for you to get into. This generally happens to anyone who may be taller than the average person. If you notice that you have to duck low to get into the car, bear in mind that this can become extremely burdensome over time. You also want to think about your passengers and kids. Bringing along your spouse and your kids is helpful for this reason. If your kids are old enough to get into the car, you want to be sure that they can get in with ease, which is sometimes a problem with vehicles that have door handles up too high for them to reach. 
  4. Seating Positions: Finally, of course, you want to take note of how comfortable you are when sitting in the driver's seat. However, you should also pay attention to how much space is left in the back, especially if you drive people often or have kids. 

Taking note of these four things is going to ensure that you end up with a vehicle that not only drives well but keeps everyone comfortable and happy. 

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