Tips and Tricks for a Test Drive at Carl Black of Hiram

February 18th, 2022 by

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How To Test Drive a Used Car

A lot of factors go into buying a car, truck or SUV – shopping, financing, trade-in values and the test drive. When you are searching for a used car, the test drive may be the most important part of the process (it is definitely the most fun) and will give you the chance to get behind the wheel and find out if it really is the car of your dreams. Atlanta-area drivers in search of a used car, truck or SUV may want a few tips and tricks on how to test drive a used car and get the most out of the experience and we are here to help at Carl Black of Hiram.

What Should You Do Before Your Test Drive?

Before you ever get behind the wheel for your test drive – there are a few things you will need to do to make sure you have all the answers. Here are the top three things you should do before you schedule a test drive at Carl Black Hiram Auto Superstore.

  1. Woman Driving a CarApply for Credit Approval – Find out how much you can afford before you schedule your test drive – so you don’t fall in love with a car, truck or SUV you cannot afford. Apply for online credit approval at Carl Black of Hiram or talk to your local bank or credit union to determine your automotive budget.
  2. Get a Vehicle History Report – Do you have your eye on a specific vehicle? It is important to get a vehicle history report to find out if that car, truck or crossover has been in any accidents. CARFAX® and Autocheck are a pair of resources that you can use. Pre-owned vehicles at Carl Black of Hiram are available with Autocheck vehicle history reports to ensure you get a high-quality vehicle.
  3. Check the Vehicle Interior and Exterior – Before you get behind the wheel, it is important to give the vehicle an in-depth inspection. Check the vehicle exterior for any dents, dings, scratches or rust that may be there. Is it minor damage that you can live with? Be sure to check the vehicle interior for any damage to the dashboard or upholstery and make sure that key features work properly. If you have a child car seat – this is the time to make sure it fits.

When and Where Should You Test Drive a Used Car?

Finally – it is time to get behind the wheel and go for a test drive. You have done your due diligence and checked the interior and exterior, all of the key features work, it has a clean vehicle history report and it fits your budget – what do you do next? When possible, try to take your test drive solo. Find a route that is similar to the roads you will drive on your day-to-day commute and include city streets, country roads, freeways and highways. That way, you can experience the suspension on a variety of road surfaces and road conditions. While you are driving, make sure to watch for any warning lights on the dashboard and take note of how the brakes, suspension and steering feel.

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Do you hope to test drive your dream car at Carl Black of Hiram? We are here to help with a quick overview of how to test drive a used car. Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of a test drive with this guide by Carl Black of Hiram. Contact the dealership team today to find a used Chevy Silverado 1500 that will fit your budget and schedule a test drive!