What to look for on a new car test drive?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Greg, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Greg

    Greg Guest

    I'm planning to buy my first ever new car, an Accord LX. I've never taken a
    new car on a test drive, although I've scrutinized many a used one. I'd be
    interested to know what things I should look for in a new car specifically.
    My bet is that most people just get in and drive a mile or two and say
    "Hmmm... nice. I'll buy it". How can we avoid the lemons?
    Greg, Aug 10, 2003
  2. Greg

    DrPimpDadi Guest

    1) try all the accessories, such as radio reception, air cond, windows, etc.

    2) take it on the freeway

    3) climb hills

    4) walk around the car and inspect fit and finish
    DrPimpDadi, Aug 10, 2003
  3. Greg

    ravelation Guest

    From: (Greg)
    Check for wind noise at higher speeds. Some cars get a lot of wind noise
    at speeds above 50.

    Check for how the seat feels for your size. Headroom, legroom

    Trunk size. Check spare.

    Look the exterior of the car over very carefully for blemishes. Point
    out any dings or scratches on the spot. Get them to commit to fixing
    them. Same for the interior. On the test drive, don't let the salesman
    talk the whole time. Listen for creaks and rattles.

    The last advice I'd give is to really look at some of the upgrades they
    offer, especially if you're financing. A few extra bucks a month can get
    you a nicer set of wheels or a spoiler that will make you stand out from
    all the rest. I have a neighbor who just bought an Accord. He's mad at
    himself for not opting for the leather interior, in order to 'save
    money'. The amount it adds to a payment is so minimal, and the enjoyment
    of the upgrades is worth it, IMO. Plus, there's that horrible feeling of
    regret for not adding an upgrade. Kind of tarnishes the new car a bit.
    ravelation, Aug 10, 2003
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    You could start with reading John Horner's post (yesterday). If you find
    anything wrong with the car, make sure it's in WRITING on the contract.
    Check other resources where they do reviews and ratings to make sure
    you're aware of 'known issues'. Regarding options, there are many web
    sites that help you know which ones are worth it and which ones are just
    overpriced 'fluff'. Undercoating by the dealer comes to mind . . . Look
    at this site as a starter


    Test drive with the stereo turned OFF, and salesman MUZZLED. Find a
    parking lot with lots of speed bumps and try different speeds to see if
    any internal rattles appear. Try wiggling around on both front seats to
    check for any creaks / looseness. That's all I can think of now, but I'm
    no expert on buying a new car, since I've never done it. :)


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    'Curly Q. Links', Aug 10, 2003
  5. Greg

    Greg Guest

    YOU could start by reading it too! :) If you read it you will see that I
    started this thread because of it. See my posts there.

    Thanks for your other advice though! ;-)
    Greg, Aug 10, 2003
  6. Greg

    MikeHunt2 Guest

    Other than keeping alert at all times, watch for vehicles
    turning left in front of you and cross traffic in general. Those
    are the most dangerous situations for the average driver.

    mike hunt
    MikeHunt2, Aug 11, 2003
  7. Greg

    Guest Guest

    (Top-posting corrected)
    If it floats your boat, go ahead and buy it. Just be forewarned that any
    accessory you buy at the dealer will probably cost double what it costs
    anywhere else. Buying accessories through the dealer just so that you can
    put it on the financing is stupid. If you are that short of cash, you
    shouldn't be buying a new car.

    Guest, Aug 11, 2003
  8. Greg

    pars Guest

    But, If the car isn't in high demand or near the end of it's production run
    (e.g Civic), the cost of the extra can be a bargaining chip. I'm sure the
    dealership markup their accessory at least 100 percent. In my opinion, the
    body kits from the dealership tends to look nicer when compared to the
    extroverted after market products. Also, I would pay the extra for the
    dealership's installed power upgrade so that the warrantee doesn't get void.
    However, there's much to be said about a naturally inspired engine which will
    return consistent power over the long run.

    pars, Aug 12, 2003
  9. Greg

    NetSock Guest

    Wow! You are a genius!

    What did all of us lame uneducated drivers do, before your insightful
    NetSock, Aug 13, 2003
  10. Greg

    MikeHunt Guest

    That is what I believed as well.. But I guess he though that
    things looked differently in a NEW car, so he asked for help on
    what to look for when driving one. ;)

    mike hunt
    MikeHunt, Aug 13, 2003
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