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What to look when test driving a used car or truck.
JustCars.ca Tips for buying a used car: The Test Drive.
Tips for buying a used car: What to look when test driving a used car or truck.
Refer to the checklist below for items of importance when taking a used car for a test drive.
Important! Buying a used car? Here's what you need to know!
Used Car Test Drive Checklist
- Drive the car on hills, highways and in stop-and-go traffic.
- Start the engine and press down on the brake.
- Listen for noises which could indicate engine problems.
- Put the car in neutral and rev the engine. Check for
smoke from rear exhaust.
- Punch the gas pedal. Does engine respond without hesitation
then return to normal?
- Check the lights on the control panels--be sure they all
- Does automatic transmission shift smoothly?
- Manual transmission should shift smoothly between gears
- Clutch should engage and disengage smoothly without grabbing
- Drive in reverse
- Does car pull or vibrate when driving on a flat, smooth
- Do the brakes grab evenly and does the car slow down in
a straight line?
- Drive at 35 miles per hour and listen for any unusual
- Accelerate to 45 miles per hour, does the front end shake
- Drive quickly over a rough road and listen for any loud
squeaks or rattles.
- Does the car bounce or bang over small bumps?
- Check the temperature gauge to see if it shows a high
- Accelerate hard on an empty road, does the car respond
- Try it again.
- Accelerate on a hill, does the car respond immediately?
- Cut off the engine. Then restart the engine -- does it
- Check for leaks under the hood and beneath the car.
- Check the tailpipe. Are there any black, sooty oil deposits?
- Does the odometer mileage seem to match the physical condition
of the car?
- Check odometer for scratches, misaligned digits, digits
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