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The Do’s and Don'ts of Test Driving a Car

May 08, 2018, 11:09am EDT

Getting a new car is a big deal. Kidney Cars is here to help you with some simple tips for test-driving a car.


  1. Your homework: Before the test drive, do a little research. What comes standard with the car? Have there been any recalls? Does it get good gas mileage? How powerful is the engine?
  2. Inspect the Inside: Take a good look inside the car. Roll down the windows, try the wipers, check the headlights, move the seats, and play with the radio or CD player.
  3. Test Different Roads: Take the car on different types of roads like the highway, country roads, and curvy ones. This way, you can see how the car handles in various situations.
  4. Check the Gears: Make sure all the gears work. Go up and down through the gears to see if they shift smoothly.
  5. Test the Brakes: On a safe stretch of road, speed up a bit, and then gently hit the brakes. They should work smoothly and make the car stop without strange noises or pulling to one side.


  1. Rush Your Test Drive: Take your time during the test drive. Don't feel pressured to hurry. It's your chance to check out the car properly.
  2. Bring the Whole Family: Too many people can be distracting. It is a good idea to bring your partner or someone else to help you decide.
  3. Let the Salesperson Choose the Route: Plan where you want to go before the test drive. Use an online map to make a plan.
  4. Don't Let the Salesperson Distract You: If the salesperson is talking too much, politely let them know you need to focus on driving.
  5. Forget to Ask Questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask before the test drive. For example, if it's a used car, find out when the timing belt was last changed or how many people owned the car before you.

Following these simple tips will make your test drives less stressful and help you find the perfect car for your needs. Happy driving!

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