What to Look for When Test Driving a Used Car

Buying a pre-owned car in the Vallejo area can be an exciting experience, but at Momentum Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Vallejo, we don't want you to rush into buying your next car. When you take your time and work with us to find the vehicle that fits perfectly, we can prevent buyer's remorse and make sure all parties walk away more than satisfied.

The test drive is one of the most important steps to buying a used car, so don't squander this opportunity. There are several things you can do to get the most out of your test drive at our Vallejo used car dealership.

Off the Road

Taking the time to get a good impression before you get behind the steering wheel can help majorly.

  • Set goals and limits: Before the test drive, write up some clear criteria that you're looking for. Think of must-haves and can't-haves to make sure you don't have to compromise.
  • Test the interior features: Used vehicles can often be a treasure trove of advanced features that may not be accessible in a new vehicle. Ask one of our sales professionals for a quick run-down of all the included options. Interact with the media system before you drive to make sure it works well.
  • Check out the exterior: Take a glance at the vehicle for dents, blemishes, and most importantly rust.

On the Road

While driving there are certain tests you can do that will help you spot any issues.

  • Try different speeds: Get on the highway and residential streets to check for a consistent drive quality.
  • Make tight turns: Take the vehicle to a cul-de-sac or empty parking lot and make some tight, circular turns to test the CV joints.
  • Turn off the radio: Make sure the radio is down so you can hear everything that's happening with the engine, brakes, steering, and other moving parts.

There are certainly more things to do, but this should be a great start to making sure you have a successful test drive at our Vallejo used car dealership.