As an Orlando, FL-area RAM truck dealer, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take a car for a test drive before you finalize your decision. Whether you’re thinking about getting a 2016 Chrysler 200, a 2017 RAM 1500, or a pre-owned vehicle, a test drive is the only way you’ll know if the vehicle you’re interested in is the right one for you.

Even if you’ve done a ton of research, you won’t really know what a vehicle is like until you experience it in person, something you can only do by arranging a test drive. Because a test drive is so important, everyone at our RAM dealership near Orlando thought it would be a great idea to give you some tips to help you get the most out of a test drive.

When you go for a test drive, pay attention to the following:

  • Cargo Space: Making sure an automobile has enough cargo space isn’t enough to know if it’s the right car for you. You need to make sure it has the right kind of cargo space as well. If you transport long things such as golf clubs or hockey sticks and you’re considering a sedan, make sure there’s a pass-through from the trunk to the back seat to ensure you can transport your gear easily.
  • Handling: If you commute to work, see how the automobile handles stop-and-go traffic as well as highway speeds. If you enjoy outdoor activities in the mountains, check to see how the vehicle handles steep grades. Go over a bump or two to see how well the car absorbs the shock of impact. Go around a corner at an aggressive, but safe speed to get a feel for how the automobile manages sudden changes in direction. Don’t forget to test the vehicle’s brakes by stopping short when another car isn’t behind you.
  • Ease of Entry and Egress: Make sure it’s easy to get in and out of every seat in the vehicle. This is particularly important if you travel often with children or someone who is elderly or who has a disability. If you have young kids, bring their car seats with you when you go for a test drive so you can see if you can get them in and out of the automobile without struggling.
  • Features: Be sure that the car you test drive is the exact model you’re thinking about buying or leasing. Make sure it has all of the features you want your next vehicle to have as well. Take some time to try out the automobile’s features when the car is stationary so you’ll know how to operate them safely when you’re actually in motion.

If you’re thinking about getting a new or pre-owned vehicle, contact Fields Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM Sanford to arrange a test drive in the automobile of your choice today.