Test driving is one of the most important steps of the car buying process, but it's also one that can be rushed, or the excitement takes over and you don't keep some of those top priorities in mind. We've created a rundown of things to think about on your test drive to make the most of your time behind the wheel.
The best approach is to drive like you are already the owner; take the car on familiar routes, uphill, practice parking manoeuvres, emergency stops (on an empty street) and any other typical driving patterns that you feel comfortable testing. Think P plate driving test, but without the instructor and the stress!
Some things to think about during the test drive are:
How is the turning circle?
How does it handle in general?
How is the acceleration and braking speed?
Do you feel safe and comfortable?
Is it easy to park?
Will this fit in my garage?
Then when you're pulled over, try piloting all of the extra features, whether that be the sunroof, touchscreen monitor, speakers, aircon, seat heating, reverse camera or any of the other dash screen options. If there is anything missing that you were hoping or expecting to have, you may need to consider upgrading to a higher model of the vehicle. Another important aspect is to sit in the seats throughout the whole vehicle. Will all of your future passengers be able to fit? Will your tall and lanky occupan
Are all the seats comfortable? How about fitting in a baby seat and a pram? Taking a moment to consider your passengers' needs is not only the courteous thing to do but it will likely save you a lot of backseat arguments.
Speaking of passengers, it’s a good idea to become one! Get someone you trust to test drive your potential car and give you an honest second opinion. If you're on the fence about which car to choose, we recommend test driving both of your options, you'll have more of an understanding on how each car differs, which will make your final choice much easier.
On a regular test drive, a sales member will likely come along with you to show you the ropes and answer any questions that come up. If you're needing more time to mull over the car, Cricks offers a 24-hr hold on the car in which you are able to take it home for the night. We now offer a simple process where you can select a vehicle from our extensive range of New, Demonstrator or Used Vehicles. We will then arrange for your Test Drive from your home or place of work, by bringing the vehicle to you.*
*Terms and conditions apply. Dealership will operate this service in a reasonable radius from their location. Service is available from 9.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am until 5.00pm on Saturdays. Times outside these will be negotiated at the time of booking. If the vehicle of your choice is not available, the same make and model will be used for the initial test drive. All applicants must be over 21 years of age and possess a current full Driving Licence. An excess of $1,000 applies in the event of an accident however by electing to pay $50 you are only liable to pay the excess of $750 in the unlikely event of an accident. A copy of drives licence must be available for Test Drive. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.