Tips on test driving a pre-owned car
Tips on test driving a pre-owned car
For many, the prospect of test-driving one car after another with a salesperson pitching you on every feature doesn’t make for a delightful Saturday afternoon. So it’s no surprise that some shoppers would opt to forgo the test drive altogether, anything to get in and out of the dealership more quickly, right? Skipping the test drive, however, would be a terrible mistake. All cars drive a little differently, whether it be the steering, the response of the throttle or the way weight shifts through turns. At Pfaff Audi in Vaughan, we always encourage our customers to schedule a test drive in the Audi vehicles they are interested in. For those customers looking for a pre-owned vehicle, our Pre-Owned Sales Facility in Woodbridge is the place to be! In this blog, we talk about some tips on test driving a pre-owned car before you purchase it.
Get comfortable in the driver’s seat
Once you’ve gotten in, you may be tempted to turn the key and get moving. But take some time to get comfortable first. Practice getting in and out a few times; that low-slung roadster looks great, but breaking your back just to get into the driver’s seat will grow old quickly. Adjust the mirrors, move the seat to a comfortable position, take a peek over your left shoulder to check for blind spots, and do a careful audit of the vehicle’s cupholders. These details may seem trivial at first, but you’ll be living with this car for quite a while, and little annoyances add up over time.
Drive it like you own it
Now that you’re comfortable, turn the stereo off and start the car. At this stage of the game, it’s important to avoid distractions and focus solely on driving the car. The dealer may have a pre-determined route for your test drive, but you should feel free to ask to drive your own route if that one doesn’t cover everything. As well as enjoying some stop-and-go traffic, be sure to get your potential purchase up to speed on a highway, will you be able to merge easily onto a highway, or are you likely to find 18-wheelers bearing down on you as soon as you try to join traffic? Test the performance of your pre-owned Audi in all driving situations.
Drive-in poor weather
If possible, drive the cars you’re testing in bad weather. Nobody wants to spend too much time out in the rain but picking a crummy day to car shop can have its benefits. Again, you’re more likely to get quick assistance, as foot traffic to dealerships usually slows down on rainy days, but it will also help you assess a car’s performance. Do the tires maintain good traction? Do the wipers work well? Test the defroster, too. It’s easy to drive a car under blue skies and sunshine, but at some point, you’re going to be stuck driving in a rainstorm.
Why buy from Pfaff?
The Pfaff difference is all about selling you a car the way you want to buy it. We’re no longer operating with old-school sales tactics where different customers get different deals. With upfront pricing, you won’t have to negotiate. We won’t add any additional fees to your deal. If you have a vehicle to trade, we will give you a written offer with no obligation to buy any of ours. And you can’t buy the wrong car with our return and exchange policy.
Visit us today to experience the Pfaff difference.
A test drive is a very important part of the car purchase process. If you are looking for a pre-owned Audi vehicle in the Vaughan area, then our Pre-Owned Sales Facility in Woodbridge is the place for you. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.