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Your handy test drive checklist
Test drives are the best way to decide if a car is right for you, so we’ve devised this checklist. You can use it to remind yourself what to look out for or you can actually check off each point as you go. Remember the test drive is for you and your benefit, so take your time.
Make sure you know how far you’re going on your test drive; ‘around the block’ might not be enough to make a decision about the car.
Drive on a number of different roads, try several manoeuvres (such as reverse parking), making sure you can see from every angle.
Try a hill start; you’d be surprised how much it can vary in different cars.
If getting in and out of cars is an issue, practise several times whilst in the dealership.
Check that the car doors are wide enough for you and any mobility aids you need to get in and out easily.
Check that the doors aren’t too heavy or difficult to open and close.
Make sure you can reach the seatbelt (they are further back in 3-door and 2-seater cars).