During the summer months, more Americans will shop for new and used cars than at any other time during the year. So that car shoppers don't skimp on one of the most vital pieces of the car-shopping process, the editors at Cars.com have compiled important tips for taking a test drive.
"The test drive can be the most important aspect of buying a new or used car, but it's also one of the most overlooked," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor. "We want to ensure that shoppers don't let their emotions get the best of them when they should be gathering the important information they need to make the right purchase."
Cars.com advises shoppers to take test driving seriously and consider the following tips when testing new and used vehicles:
When testing a used vehicle:
"No matter how sure you are that a car is perfect, everyone should still take a test drive," said Wiesenfelder. "This is your chance to size up the car when it's stationary, and to drive it like you plan to every day."
Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other tools. Cars.com put millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions. Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).