Tips to remember when test driving your first car

If you are buying your first car, you’ll want to get the right one. With buying the car that will give you the freedom to enjoy life and better opportunities being such a big financial commitment, you need to go into it with your eyes open. This means doing your due diligence and learning all about the car that you are buying. 

First off, decide on whether you are buying your car from new or used from a dealer such as Georgesons Cars, or even from a private seller. A new car will offer you the reassurance provided by the manufacturer’s warranty, however, they will be considerably more expensive than buying second-hand. 

Buying second-hand allows for a drop in the price, but they will also be cheaper to insure. Often, buying used is the definite way to go when it comes to getting your first car. There are some things that you need to look out for when buying a used car. Here are some tips to help you get on the road. 

Try Before You Buy

You need to drive the used car before you buy it. This will allow you to see how it runs. You may have driven the same model before elsewhere, but every car is different. A full road test will alert you to any potential problems there may be with the vehicle. If you are not sure what you are looking for when it comes to identifying potential problems, take someone with some experience of cars and who will know the signs to spot. 

If you are buying from a private seller, they may want to sit in the car with you while you do this, and that is entirely understandable. If they don’t allow you to test the car at all though, this should raise some red flags for you that there may be problems that they don’t want you to pick up on. There are plenty of other cars out there, walk away if this is the case. 

Test Everything

You will want to test the car in a number of different ways. Take the car to an open space or a quiet road. Try every gear. Drive at a range of speeds to see how well the car accelerates and brakes. Try moving up and down the gears as you are going and see how well they change and how the clutch responds. If you can, make some tight turns. Listen out for knocking sounds in the steering as this may indicate there are problems brewing. 

Have A Good Look Around The Vehicle

While most sellers are genuine, you should still look out for signs of dishonesty. Check for any indication that the car has previously been in a crash. You can do an online check that will give you some background indication of if an insurance company has previously written a vehicle off. However, if it has never been put through an insurance company of the vehicle licensing authority, then you will have to use your wits to spot the signs. Look out for bumps or cracks in the paintwork or signs of welds or joins.  


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