Buying A Larger Car? Park In These Areas During Your Test Drive


Test driving a used car that you're thinking about buying isn't just an opportunity to see how you feel about the vehicle when you're cruising down the road. In order to accurately assess the vehicle, you should also park it. This is especially true if you're looking to buy a used car that is larger than what you currently drive. Driving a larger car can feel a little different, but the difference is often most evident when you park. In order to ensure that you're comfortable with the size of the larger car, here are some areas in which you should park during your test drive.

At Home

Unless you've traveled a considerable distance to shop for a used car, you should plan on returning home with it during your test drive. Doing so will give you the ability to park and assess whether the increased size of the vehicle will be an issue. If you customarily park your vehicle in the garage, you'll want to pull into the garage with the larger car. Ideally, you can do so confidently, as well as get in and out without difficulty. If you park in the driveway, you should assess this space, especially if your driveway is narrow or short.

At Work

Don't be afraid to set your sights on work for your next stop during the test drive. This is another place that you park several times a week, so it's a good idea to assess how easily you can park the larger vehicle that you might be buying. The parking situation can change in different locations. At some offices, a relatively small parking lot means that the spaces are tighter. Practice driving in and out of a parking space to assess the comfort that you feel. If you park in an underground garage, assess how easily you can navigate the tight areas with a larger vehicle.

At Commonly Visited Places

If there are a couple of places that you routinely visit, you might also wish to drive to these places to park during your test drive. This is especially true if the parking situation is unique. For example, perhaps you visit a downtown church and usually park on the street. Try parallel parking and pulling into a street parking spot with the larger vehicle to check how easy it is. Once you've visited these locations, there will be no parking-related surprises for you upon buying the larger used car.

For more information on used cars for sale, contact a local dealership. 


19 December 2017

An Important Purchase

After driving an older car to work for several years, my husband was finally ready to buy another vehicle. He got tired of his car breaking down at his workplace, the grocery store, and the mall. Because gas mileage is important to him, my spouse shopped at local auto dealers for a small, four-door sedan. We were open to purchasing a new vehicle or a slightly used one. Whenever we saw a potential car at a dealership, we always studied its exterior and interior closely. My husband of course also requests to drive it down the road. On this blog, I hope you will discover tools for finding your dream car at an auto dealership. Enjoy!