How to test-drive an old car before offering a price


The following test drive tips will help you diagnose possible problems of an old car to decide whether to buy it or not. Check out detailed techniques below!

1. Try the car in bad weather

People often choose to buy cars on nice-weather days, but trying a car on rainy days is a really helpful method to best evaluate the car. At this point, you can tell if the windscreen wiper is fast enough, or the anti-skid system works well or not. These things are difficult to assess if you ride in a nice sunny day and can only be identified when you use your car in bad weather condition.

2. Take a test drive without the salesman going along

If possible, take a test drive without a salesperson, as car dealers often mislead you. One of the useful tips for buying cars is that, while test-driving, you should explore the car yourself rather than just listen to the advertisements. With careful observation and reasonable evaluation, you could recognize the advantages and disadvantages of the car easily, without being influenced by others' words.


Remember to test-drive the car by yourself before offering a price

3. Know exactly what you want

Before buying a car, you need to be sure of the criteria that you want the car to satisfy, such as engine, comfort and desired specs. For those who have experience in car usage and want to change your vehicle, it is important to understand what makes you uncomfortable about the old car to avoid repeating the same mistakes in purchasing the new car.

4. Pay attention to the controller

Among various car features, the sound system, navigation, and temperature control will be much more irritating if they fail to work. In addition, if the touch screen is poor, then the driver will be extremely frustrated, so please pay full attention to check these details first.

5. Start the engine

For the supercharged engine, the delay between acceleration and turbocharger operation will be apparent. Also, note that when running at high speed, you should take notice whether the engine has any strange noise. Any weird sound can be the signal of many problems under the hood.


You can have a test drive on the highway to try the car at high speed

6. Pay attention to the chassis

An interesting driving tip is that when crossing a train track, you need to pay attention to whether the car sounds like driving inside a drum. The less the car shakes, the smoother will your later driving experience be. If the car feels shaky, then after a period of usage, this feeling will multiply by 10 times.

7. Consider the gear shifter

Each type of car usually has a different number of position on the gear shifter, so you need to be sure that you are really satisfied with the shifter in your vehicle. You might consult other consumers of the same car type to see how they feel when using that gear shifter.


Gear shifters are different on different cars, see if you are good with the one you are going for

8. Check cameras

For models with cameras, close attention should be paid to check camera specs, such as resolution, adjustments, startup and so on. These features directly affect the safety level of your vehicle. So, don't rush! It's not just a matter of money but also your own life later!