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Why You Should Always Test Drive Before You Buy a Car

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Numbers on a page don’t always tell you what you need to know about the car you’re considering buying. Taking a car for a test drive lets you get a feel for the way the car handles, whether its size is manageable for you, and how easy it is to access the technology. In the short time you’re in the car, you get the chance to check out the features that could make or break your decision to buy it.

There are multiple steps to the test drive, and only one of them is the drive itself. When you’re in the car, pay close attention to the way the brakes feel, how it accelerates, and how tight the turn radius is. If you don’t understand how a certain kind of technology works, feel free to ask us. You may discover a piece of tech that you never knew you needed. A car is a major purchase, so it’s important that it feels right and works for you.

The test drive is also a great time to check out any available safety features and comfort features like heated seats. Your comfort is paramount since you’ll probably be in this car a lot. If you don’t like the seats or if the handling on rougher roads isn’t good for you then you might want to look at another model.

It’s also important to examine the car when you aren’t driving. Does it have enough seating for your family? Is the cargo space enough? Try folding the seats down and seeing how much room there is and if it will fit your needs. Assessing how the car will work for your whole family is key—if you can, bring them along and have them test out the seats and try the features, like proximity to charging ports, rear-seat entertainment, and leg room.

We cannot wait for you to come in and test drive your next car at Lancaster Nissan!
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