Five Questions to Ask During Your Test Drive

June 27th, 2019 by

woman taking a test drive in a car

Test driving a car with the salesperson is a step many people would rather avoid, but you should never skip this step. The test drive doesn’t have to be about listening to the salesperson’s pitch interspersed with awkward silence. It’s actually the perfect time to ask some important questions!
We’ve noted five questions to ask during a test drive. The answers can be very revealing and help you make the right decision.

What features make this vehicle stand out from the competition?

Chances are, you’re looking at a variety of cars in the same price bracket. You’ll want to know what features each one offers that put it ahead of the competition. Based on the answer, and what’s most important to you, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision.

How do the personal adjustments and controls work?

In order to make yourself comfortable, you’ll need to make many small adjustments. If you don’t know how to move the steering wheel or adjust your seat, it’s a hassle. Every car is slightly different, and if you haven’t had a new car in a while, things may have changed quite a bit. Take the time to understand these controls work. Then you can accurately assess your comfort while driving – how well you can see, if everything’s in reach, if you have enough room.

Is this the right size car for my needs?

Everyone has different needs. If you regularly transport a baby stroller, or golf clubs or a carload of kids to a soccer game, you need to ensure this vehicle can handle it. Ask the salesperson to show you all of the cargo-related options. Sit in the back seat yourself to assess roominess. Bring the items you regularly carry and put them in the new car to see how they fit.

How does the technology work?

From in-car navigation to Bluetooth, cars have more technology than ever. Make sure that you know how to use it. Your salesperson should be able to show you all of these features and explain them, in depth – if necessary. Now’s the best time to familiarize yourself with it, while you have someone there to answer questions.

Can you provide your contact information?

You need someone available to answer questions as they arise. A good salesperson will provide contact information, so you can consider your options and then ask follow-up questions.

Test Drive at Progressive Chevrolet

Armed with the knowledge you gained from these car buying questions, you can make a confident decision to purchase. At Progressive Chevrolet, our friendly salespeople are ready to help find the right car for you.