Ultimate Guide: How to Test Drive a Pre-Owned Used Car

December 12th, 2014 by

Buying a new car is easy but, buying the right car is not always easy. It takes time and effort to find the car that suits your needs. When you do finally find your “dream car,” it might look like everything you want in a car, but there’s usually more than meets the eye. This is especially true when buying a car from non-dealerships. Certified pre-owned vehicles at our Mercedes-Benz car dealership go through rigorous inspections and testing which makes them reliable and safe. On the other hand, buying from a private seller is a different story. Not all privately owned cars go through inspection before the owner sells. Even if the car passes the emissions test, that doesn’t guarantee you a problem free journey in the long run. This is why test driving is an essential step in the car buying process. Here are some helpful tips on how you can make the most out of your test-drive: TestDrivingCar There is no one best way to test drive a car but there are common factors that result in a good buy. Avoid Driving Right Away The actual driving of the car you choose is the most fun part of the process, so why not leave it for the end. Instead, get your detective glasses on and start searching. Give yourself time to check out the vehicles seats and interior features. Also get detail oriented and keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear. Play Around With the Controls While inspecting the vehicle, try out the controls and features. Also, be sure to navigate through the center console, dashboard controls and sound system. Check the Vehicle’s Functionality Be sure to check out the trunk space and storage compartments. Even little details such as the door handles are worth inspecting. Check Under the Hood Be sure to inspect vehicle’s engine, battery and various parts. This will give you a chance to check out any signs of wear and tear. Also, check the vehicles fluid levels and pay attention to unusual car smells. Take the Drive When driving the car, be sure to drive with the radio off. This will help you focus and pay more attention to the vehicle’s performance. Also, be sure to test drive on different road surfaces and at different speeds. Following these simple steps will help you avoid dealing with car problems in the long run. We recommend buying from your local dealer from a number of reasons:

  1. You can chose from a wide selection of vehicles.
  2. Dealership cars go through rigorous inspection.
  3. You are more likely to get a well maintained vehicle from a dealer.
  4. You can avoid multiple meetings with strangers.
  5. You can get financing help when buying from a dealer.

If you are in the market for a pre-owned Mercedes Benz, visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Easton. As the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in Ohio, you can select from a wide range of our new and used Mercedes-Benz specials. Why not visit us at 4300 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219. If you’ve already found your dream car be sure to give us a call at 888-530-5742 to schedule a test drive.

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