You’re looking to buy a used car, and you’re excited to get out on the road for a test drive. But before you get behind the wheel for your test spin at Schumacher Pre-Owned Supercenter in West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, or Delray Beach, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Consider the tips below. They’ll help you make your final decision.

4 Tips for Test Driving a Used Car

Open up the hood

Before you even test drive a used car, it’s important to assess the vehicle as a whole. You’ll want to do the following:

  • Check the tires for wear and damage
  • Examine signs of chipping paint or possible body repair
  • Pop open the hood to inspect the machinery and fluid levels

Are you overwhelmed by a funky smell? Do you notice areas of rust or decay? Are the oil and coolant levels low? Use your best judgment when assessing the conditions under the hood, but always ask the salesperson to clarify any questions you may have. It’s also beneficial to ask for a vehicle history report, such as one from Carfax.

Examine the cabin

Don’t cruise out of the lot just yet. Take a look around the cabin for noticeable damages, like stained seats or dirty floors. If everything appears clean and functional, ask the salesperson about interior features and technologies.

If the glove box doesn’t close completely, or the radio only relays static, then this used car might not be the best choice. Don’t be afraid to press different buttons for lights, audio, and temperature to ensure that everything is in working order.

Bring a friend

A second opinion from a friend or family member during a test drive can help you notice something you might have missed at first glance. Plus, they can let you know how comfortable (or uncomfortable) the back passenger seats are.

Take your time

Remember: This is the vehicle you might purchase, so don’t feel rushed to return to the dealership right away. Get a feel for the handling, relax into the front seat, and ask questions about the vehicle’s amenities and technologies — from windshield wipers and high beams to driver-assist alerts and airbags.

Test Drive a Used Car at Schumacher Pre-Owned Supercenter

Interested in finding used cars for sale in West Palm Beach, Florida? Stop by Schumacher Pre-Owned Supercenter to browse our selection of used vehicles, and then schedule your test drive when you’ve found the one.