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Test Drive Prep: Use these 4 tips to finally decide whether or not to buy a car after a test drive.


You’re finally ready to find your dream car, it’s an exciting moment in anyone’s life, but it can also be an incredibly stressful one too. For new drivers especially, picking out a new or used car can be daunting: Debating over price and budget, trying to figure out what to look for when it comes to performance, gas mileage, and a myriad of other concerns. That’s why we’ve decided to help streamline the process bit with this easy to navigate checklist for purchasing a new or used car.

  • Do Your Research: It’s always best to be prepared, narrowing your list down to a few makes and models that you’re really interested in will help to streamline the process. Think about what features are most important to you. Is gas mileage a priority for your morning commute? Are you looking for something sporty, or searching for something more practical? Using this list will quicken the purchase process and make your experience at the dealership a great one.
  • Pay Attention To How The Car Handles: Once you’ve finally decided on a car to test drive, make sure to see how the car handles. Does the steering wheel feel too loose when you’re making a turn? How hard do you have to press on the brakes to slow down or come to a complete stop?  Do you feel the car shake at all while driving? Knowing exactly how the car handles and making mental notes of anything you noticed during the ride will be invaluable to you when it comes to making a purchase.
  • Listen To The Car: While driving the car, take special care to make note of any strange noises you might hear.  Some of these noises can be telltale signs that something is wrong with the vehicle that you’ve chosen to take off of the lot. Squeaking sounds can mean that the belts are worn out, or even worse, a grinding sound could be letting you know that something is wrong with the brakes.
  • Trust Your Gut: If you feel like something is wrong with the car that you’ve taken for a test drive, but you’re not sure, take the time to talk to your dealer rep about it. If there’s no obvious problem but you’re still unsure, ask to test drive a few different cars on the lot to see how you feel about other options, or ask to take the car you’ve driven to a mechanic. 

We understand that when it comes to buying a new or used car, finding a good fit is incredibly important to you. We hope this list helps you to prepare a bit more when the time comes to get a new car.  If you’re feeling unsure of what to get or how to deal with a car dealership, come on over to Matt Bowers Nissan Eastern Shore and talk to one of our certified experts. With a great selection of new cars, and even better selection of certified pre-owned vehicles; we’ll help you remove the worry from the process of finding the car that’s right for you!


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