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10 Steps to Finding the Right Car for You
Step 8: How to test-drive a car
Test-drive the car the way you would use it if you bought it. If you commute, drive the car both in stop-and-go traffic and at freeway speeds. If you drive into the mountains, find some steep hills to climb. Drive over bumps, take tight corners and test the brakes in a safe location. Get in and out of the car several times and be sure to sit in the backseat, especially if you plan on carrying passengers. In short, ask yourself if this car will suit your needs for years to come.
While you are evaluating the car, don't be distracted by the salesperson's pitch. Don't drive with the radio on. Evaluate that system separately.
A new car is a big investment: Make sure you spend enough time really looking it over. Then consider one last thing: your intuition. If you are uneasy about the car, follow your instincts. A vehicle purchase decision is too important and expensive to undertake without total confidence.
Next: Making your decision