When you start the process of buying your next vehicle, you're likely doing a great deal of research. From websites to word-of-mouth, a lot of careful thought and planning goes into your big automotive purchase.


One of the most important elements of the car-buying process, though, is the test drive. This usually happens once you've narrowed down your choices, and you have a fairly good idea of what vehicle you might want to purchase. You know that it's important that you make the most of your test drive, and here at AutoCenters Nissan, we agree with you. That's why we've put together a few handy tips for getting the most out of your test drive!


·         Make sure you prepare yourself. Have a good idea of the vehicle's features beforehand. Know what you want to test out-what's important to you? Have a checklist in mind to ensure that you don't forget anything that you wanted to inspect or try.

·         Pay attention. The feel of a vehicle's ride and the noise it makes are important. Is the ride smooth? Do you hear too much noise coming from the engine? Be attentive for these things as you conduct your test drive.

·         Try out the brakes. Braking is different on every vehicle. When you brake, how does it feel? Does the vehicle come to a smooth stop? Does it take too long to brake?

·         Drive on a variety of roads. It's a good idea to get a feel for the way a car drives on backroads as well as highways when you go for a test drive. This can tell you a lot about the vehicle you're trying out.

·         Ask questions. At AutoCenters Nissan, our staff members are there to answer all your questions. If there's anything you want to know about a given vehicle, be sure to ask! The more you know about a vehicle, the easier it will be for you to make that final purchasing decision.


Test driving a vehicle is a fantastic way to find out if it's the right vehicle for you. Follow these tips during your test drive and you'll discover that it's easier than you thought possible to get a handle on exactly what you want!


Looking to schedule a test drive at your local Nissan dealership? The friendly staff at AutoCenters Nissan is happy to show you around our lot and let you test drive the vehicle you're looking for. Just stop by our Wood River location today!