Doesn’t this new car look great on me?
The hunt for the perfect spring and summer wardrobe is on. Heading to your favorite shops and trying on outfit after outfit hoping that a few look great and makes you look fantastic is the goal. As we all know, the struggle to find the perfect outfit is real. Shopping for a new car is much like shopping for the perfect outfit. And the only way to make sure your new ride looks great on you is to try a few on for size.
Tips To Make The Test Drive “Try On” a Success
First, be sure to have plenty of time. Don’t plan to dash in, take the car around the block and then dash off to your next appointment; carve out a nice stretch of time to spend time with it. Ask the dealer if you can take it home overnight–some dealers are fine with this. Also, ask if you can drive it solo. If that’s not an option, let the dealer know you plan to spend a good amount of time with the car.
Next, put the car through a day in your life, even if it’s an abbreviated day: Before you leave the dealer, learn to adjust the radio, set the navigation system, play with the seat adjustments and mirrors, sync your phone and get a primer on the car’s technology.
Strap in a Carseat, Fold Down the Seats, Explore the Cargo Space
Then, load the stroller or other daily use gear into the cargo area or trunk and take the car on your rounds: school pick-up, dry cleaning pick up and Costco for a quick case or two of paper towels.
If the car has center seats that fold down, be sure to put them down to accommodate your cargo; do the rear seats offer a 60/40 split so you can fit in both kids and cargo?
Invite Family and Friends To Join You
Call your mother or best friend from the car’s hands-free phone–see if she can hear and understand you; ask her how you sound calling from the car. Be sure to take the car on the highway to test its acceleration, and find a bumpy road or speed bumps to see how comfortable it is on less than ideal road surfaces.
Does It Fit….In Your Garage?
Take the car home to make sure it is a comfortable fit in your driveway and in your garage. This is a great time to take a picture of it so you can think about it over the next few days. Before you leave home, load up all those bags of used clothing in your garage and head for your local GoodWill–get the experience of hauling stuff in the car.
Run Errands, Take The Kids, and Do Life
If your kids can accompany you on these errands, all the better; it’s important to see what it’s like for them to get in and out of the car before you commit to it. And if your husband/dad/boyfriend or other person who will spend time in the car has a say in what you decide to buy, make sure he gets to take a ride too (maybe even let him drive it!).
What To Say Back At The Dealership
Back at the dealer, thank your salesperson for his or her time, accept any sales materials offered, ask for a copy of the car’s Monroney, or the window sticker so when you have time to dig in, you can easily review the standard features and options of the car you drove. Then, promise to call in a few days. Don’t let the salesperson pressure you into making a decision; take time to sleep on the experience first.
Photos and Sleeping on it: The Key to Finding the Perfect Fit
Just like you do in the dressing room at Nordstrom, take photos of each car you test drive. Don’t be shy to schedule a test drive for each car you’re considering and make notes about the features you liked best about each car. Then, once you are sure which model you want, you are ready to begin negotiations for your new “outfit” and drive it knowing it looks great on you.