Test drives are a great way to find out if a new car or truck is a good fit. When you’re test driving a new vehicle, there are a few specific aspects of a car to which you should pay special attention, such as:
When test driving a vehicle, always be sure to take the car or truck over a variety of surfaces and don’t be afraid to test the engine’s capabilities—within reason, of course. A great way to test out a car’s performance is highways driving. Ask the sales associate where the closest onramp is and get a feel for how the vehicle performs under the stresses of high-speed and quick maneuvering. If you live in an area with lots of wooded and winding back roads, then find a curvy road that simulates your everyday driving experience.
Buying a new car is a large investment; keep in mind the comfort of a vehicle during a test drive, as you’re liable to pilot this car for a long time. Make note of how the seats feel in terms of lumbar support and overall comfort to ensure that your new vehicle is fun and easy to drive. Leg room and head room are also important: If a car feels cramped, then chances are it isn’t the best available option.
A test drive is a great time to observe how the safety features of a car work. If the car has systems like traction control, then drive with the system engaged and disengaged and observe the difference. Asking the sales associate about features like airbags and anti-lock brakes can also help you decide whether or not a vehicle is safe enough for you or your family.
Capital Nissan of Wilmington has a variety of Nissan models that you can test drive today. Stop in, call us at (888) 379-6579, or visit our website for more information on getting behind the wheel of a new Nissan.