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Tips For A Test Drive!

Tips For Test Driving A Vehicle!


Are you looking to buy a car anytime soon? Wondering what car is the right one for you? The test drive is one of the most important steps to figuring out what car you are comfortable with. At Mike’s Auto Sales in Salinas, we want to make sure you leave our dealership with the best car you can get. Here are some tips to consider before and when test driving a vehicle!

Research Your Vehicle

If you don’t know exactly what car is the right choice for you before entering the dealership, it would be a good idea to research a car that meets your criteria and budget. Start by looking through the inventory and play around with the makes and models, pricing, and color options it provides. Once you have done this, make sure that your driver’s license isn’t expired and proof of insurance is up-to-date. After that, you want to call the dealership and schedule a test drive. It’s also a good idea to keep a used car checklist handy so that you don’t forget what car you want to test out when you get there. 

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Examine The Car 

When looking at a car for the first time, it’s always important to examine the exterior for any dents, scratches, or rust. Check the windshield and tires as well. Most cars are always kept outside on the lot, so anything can happen to the vehicle. Once you finish that, look inside the car to see if there are any scratches or stains that a previous customer might have left there. When sitting down in the car, comfort is key! Make yourself comfortable and see if you can adjust the seat properly. At this point, the car is almost ready for a drive!

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Start The Car And Let It Sit For A Few Minutes

Patience can go a long way when sitting in the front seat of a car. You don’t want to get into driving the car once you turn on the engine. Make sure you listen carefully to the sound of the engine to see if there are any unusual noises like rattling or clicking. Noises like these could most likely cause an accident if not taken care of immediately. While letting the engine run for a while, take some time to look at some of the features and controls on the car to ensure that they work properly. Check the mirrors to see if they are positioned correctly for the sake of your safety. Once these things are done, you’ll be driving in no time at all!

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Drive On Streets With Stop Signs And Stop Lights

The best way to test drive a car when at the dealership is to start off with basic roads. The reason being is that you are able to stop and go at stop lights and stop signs. When you stop at either of these things, notice how the brakes feel. Do they feel loose? Do they feel jumpy? Or do they feel smooth? These are questions to consider when driving on the road. Also when driving, be careful on 90 degree turns. You should be able to turn as slowly as you possibly can to avoid suspension or power steering issues. 

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After The Test Drive

Although you may have loved the test drive, don’t automatically assume that you are okay with driving one car. It’s a good idea to test drive more than one car. You don’t want to be forced to buy the only car you’ve driven. Explore more options and tell your salesperson that you’ll give them a call once you have made up your mind about the car you want. Before buying a car, questions to consider are: What will my insurance cover? What is my vehicle maintenance availability? Does the dealership cover basic services? At Mike’s Auto Sales, we are free to have any questions answered for you! 

Final Word

If you’re looking for a car in Salinas, Mike’s Auto Sales is the right dealership for you! We are determined to give you the best experience possible. Come down to our dealership today! Make yourself at home when you test drive any of our amazing vehicles! 


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Mikes Auto Sales 831

348 Abbott Street Salinas, CA

Phone: (831) 208-5158 348 Abbott Street, Salinas CA 93901


Phone: (831) 208-5158

348 Abbott Street Salinas, CA
36.6656019 -121.6475886