Did you know that each day, the average person in California is behind the wheel of their vehicle for at least one hour? They may be driving to work or school, running errands, or traveling. So, knowing that you spend this much time in your vehicle, you will want to make sure it is comfortable.
If you are in the market for a new car, you will need to do a few test drives to find what fits you best.
Today we will go over some tips on making the most out of your test drive and making sure you have everything to purchase your new car.
Before you go to the dealership and test drive a new car, you want to familiarize yourself with the safety features the car you are interested in offers. Some have adaptive cruise control, while others have park assist.
You can then make a list of what you are looking for, including non-negotiables. If you have to have a car seat in the car, this will be a non-negotiable factor.
While you are at the dealership, walk around and find the vehicles you are interested in test driving. Make a note of any damage, including scratches and dents there may be. Let the salesperson know.
Before pulling the car out of its spot, adjust the seat and mirrors. Locate where the gas tank is, along with any other controls you need to be aware of.
During your test drive, make sure you drive around for more than just around the block. This is a mistake many people make. It is a good idea to get on the highway if possible so you can see how the car accelerates and brakes at different speeds. It also allows you to listen to how the car sounds, if the radio and other features work and if it is comfortable to drive.
Once you have done all this and have found the car you want to purchase, the next step is to speak with your insurance agent to see how much your new insurance coverage will cost. Some insurance companies in California offer a grace period for new vehicles that says that any new car you purchase will be covered under your existing policy for a limited time.
However, before purchasing a new vehicle, you need to know the length of this grace period and have a list of what you need to take with you to the dealership to prove that you can use this kind of temporary insurance coverage.
Sometimes newer cars can cost more to insure than older ones, especially if you have comprehensive and collision insurance. So, don’t hesitate to talk to an car insurance expert like those at Panorama for help finding the best policy for your new car.