How to Take the Perfect Test Drive

How to Take the Perfect Test Drive

Even today in the information age, the test drive is an essential step in the process of buying a new vehicle. No matter how much research you do, it is impossible to truly know if a car is right for you until you get behind the wheel. Even so, 16 percent of car buyers do not test drive a vehicle before they purchase it, which is a recipe for dissatisfaction. Don’t make that mistake — follow these tips and take the perfect test drive:

Don’t check for quality

News flash: a new car doesn’t make it to the sales floor unless it works. That sounds obvious enough, but one of the biggest misconceptions about test drives is that they’re a safeguard against buying a lemon. Instead of listening for clanks and clunks, pay attention to how the car feels. If you’re buying a new Mitsubishi, you’re protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, so you won’t have all that much to worry about if something does go awry down the line.

Don’t joy ride

Sure, it might be fun to find a country lane and test how fast it can get up to 60 mph, but is that a practical use of your time? A test drive should mimic your typical driving experience as closely as possible. Instead of doing donuts in the mall parking lot, you should drive toward your kid’s school, toward the office, or toward home. On the way, change lanes, check your blind spots, and find a stretch of curb to try a parallel park. Our sales associates will certainly thank you for being less of a daredevil.

Remember that accessories matter

Some factors are more important than others: gas mileage, safety features, drivetrain, and so on. But don’t ignore accessories — they are the features of the car that you will probably interact with most. If you don’t like the seats, the infotainment screen feels awkward, or the overhead light is too bright, that’s something you’ll want to consider in your final purchase. On your test drive, be sure to twist every knob, flick every switch, and experience the full complement of seat positions, hands-free features, and Bluetooth® capabilities.

There’s no better way to experience a vehicle’s capabilities than a test drive. Take yours at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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