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How to Get the Most Out of a Test Drive

Purchasing a car can be an exciting time. Other than driving away in your new vehicle, the second-best part is probably getting to test drive a variety of options. At Ourisman Chantilly Toyota, we have a huge selection of new and used Toyota vehicles so you have a wide variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from. When it comes to test driving a vehicle, you want to make sure you’re getting the full experience. Here are some ways to get the most out of your test drive.

Get a Feel for the Driver’s Seat

Before you start driving and after you do your initial exterior review of the vehicle you’re test driving, take a moment and just sit in the driver’s seat. This is the time to adjust the seat and everything around you the way you like it. Think about what you do when you hop into your current vehicle to help you remember what to alter. These are things you’ll be using the most so you want to make sure everything is comfortable and easy to use.

Take More than Just a Trip around the Block

When most people take test drives, they don’t go far. However, it’s important to take a long enough drive in order to really get a feel of how the car handles, and to be out around other drivers when behind the wheel. Instead of sticking around the dealership parking lot and surrounding areas, see if you can drive the vehicle on your work route, to the mall, or any other place you’re familiar with.

Consider the Other Passengers

You might only be focused on the driver’s seat when test driving your potential new vehicle, but it’s important to think about other people who may be riding in your car. Test out how easy it is to get in and out of all areas of the vehicle. If you have younger kids, bring in their car seats or better yet, bring them along to see how easily they can climb in and out.

Enjoy the Process

Here at Ourisman Chantilly Toyota, we want you to remember that test drives should be a lot of fun and the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the process! Trust your instincts and if a car doesn’t feel right after you’ve been in it, it’s probably not. Our highly-trained staff is ready to help you find your next new or used Toyota vehicle. To get started, schedule a test drive online, or call our sales staff at 703-378-2121. We can’t wait to get you behind the wheel of your new Toyota vehicle!