When you go to your new car dealer for a new or used Hyundai, ask to take a test drive. This is one of the most important aspects of your car-shopping experience. Research, reviews, and word-of-mouth get you halfway there—sit behind the wheel of a pre-owned Hyundai, take a spin, and really get to know the new car you’d like to buy.
Use this guide to get the most out of your test drive and help you in your buying decision.
- Before You Get In: Tell the salesperson at your new Hyundai dealer that you’d like to drive the exact trim and color of the car you’re considering. Your driving impressions will be accurate and you can compare other models and trim levels after this test drive.
- Behind the Wheel: Test all the buttons. Be respectful, but the Hyundai car dealer’s parking lot is the place to test out the stereo, navigation system, and lights—not while you’re moving down the road. Check to see how intuitive the car’s systems are and ask questions. While you’re stopped, continue to build a rapport with your new car dealer’s salesperson. The more they know about what you’re looking for, the better they can help you.
- On the Streets: Once you’re driving in a new Hyundai, practice starting, stopping, and turning. Accelerate briskly from a stop and try a slow hard stop to test out both the engine and brakes. When you perfom these maneuvers in a new Hyundai, always communicate beforehand with your salesperson.
- Going Home: Once the test drive is over, take some mental notes or use a notepad to record your experience. Talk to a friend or spouse about your driving impressions, what you liked, and what you didn’t. This will give you a final impression of which new Hyundai is right for you.