(Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 09:46AM by Laurel Steele)
You’ve finally decided on which used car you want. Now, it’s time for the fun part: the test drive. While you may have visions of yourself pulling donuts, it’s imperative to do a thorough job checking the vehicle before you even leave the dealership parking lot. Luckily, KBB.com recently made a comprehensive list of the things you should look for before putting the pedal to the metal.
Before the key is even in the ignition, get a feel for your captain’s chair. Remember, that you’ll be spending 100% of your time in the car right in this seat. Don’t be afraid to let your inner Goldilocks out. How’s the support? After driving for a while, do your legs or back start to cramp? Can you adjust it to meet your needs?
Now that you’ve found a driver’s seat that’s just right, check out your surroundings. Can you adjust the steering wheel? Is it easy to reach and use the dashboard buttons without taking your eyes off the road? Are there any major blind spots when you turn around? Do your friends and family a favor and spend a couple minutes testing the comfort in the backseat.
Put the key in the ignition, but don’t turn the car on just yet. First, turn the key to the “Accessory” position. This is when all of the lights on your dashboard will illuminate. Make sure that the “Check Engine” and (if applicable) “ABS” lights both turn on. If they don’t, it could be due to a small issue like a burned-out bulb. However, it could also be masking a more serious problem. Either way, ask to have it fixed before moving forward.
Are you ready to check out the used car of your dreams? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and you’ll have the pick of the litter. You can also check out our complete pre-owned vehicle inventory online to help narrow your choices.