So, you’ve scheduled an appointment to test drive a new or used car, and now you’re excited to get behind the wheel. Whether you plan to take one or multiple cars for a spin around the block, these test driving tips may help you decide whether you’re prepared to buy or if you should move on with your car search.

5 Tips for Taking a Test Drive

Make a Checklist

Before you arrive at the dealership for your test drive, create a list of the cabin comforts, safety systems, and other features you absolutely need in a new or pre-owned vehicle. If the car is used or certified pre-owned, it might not come equipped with the available features newer models have. Whether you require a state-of-the-art touchscreen infotainment system or a spacious cabin for passengers and cargo, craft a list of must-haves to bring along to your test drive.

Bring a Friend

Invite a friend or family member to come along for the test drive with you. A second opinion about the exterior style and the interior comforts can reveal what you might not have noticed about the vehicle from a passenger’s perspective.

Examine the Exterior

Check out the vehicle’s chassis and engine before you climb inside the cabin. If the vehicle is brand-new, you likely won’t find anything to scrutinize other than the color and style of the car. If you’re test driving a pre-owned model, check for traces of rust, dents, or damaged parts.

All of the pre-owned vehicles at Jack Daniels Volkswagen come with a free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™, offering the peace of mind regarding the car’s past.

Inspect the Interior

Step inside the car and notice the cabin space, seat comfort, and tech systems at your fingertips. Activate the various features to ensure everything is in working order, from the audio system to the temperature controls. Ask your salesperson questions about the vehicle’s features, including driver-assist technology, smart storage compartments, and even how to adjust your front seat.

During the Drive

Now that you’re on the road, pay attention to all of the vehicle’s systems. Notice the feel of accelerating, braking, and steering, whether or not the engine makes a lot of noise, and your visibility as you drive. Remember, this vehicle could potentially become your own, so drive it like you mean it.

Schedule a Test Drive Today at Jack Daniels VW

Test drive a new or pre-owned VW at Jack Daniels Volkswagen in Fair Lawn, NJ, before you decide to buy or lease. Call our sales desk to learn about the benefits of financing or leasing a VW from our dealership, as well as additional VW loan and leasing information.