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Tips for a Successful Test Drive

Even with the modern technology of the Internet making it possible to shop for vehicles on your home computer in your pajamas, there still is no better way to check your compatibility with a new car, truck, van, or SUV than the actual in-person test-drive.

And that’s where a lot of shoppers get confused. What exactly should they look for in a 15-minute test drive that will make up their mind for a sale that will impact their lives for years to come?

At the NYE Automotive Group, we try to make your shopping experience as easy as possible from the first time you check out our website through the moment your drive your new or new-to-you vehicle off the lot. If you aren’t the most experienced test-driver (and who is, really?) here are some tips to make the outing as productive as possible.

The first thing to remember is to take your time and really get the feel for the vehicle. This isn’t a race, so get to know the vehicle as well as you can during that introduction. Don’t just bomb around the streets cranking the tunes … turn the sound system off and pay attention to the vehicle.

Right from the moment you slide into the vehicle, note the size and shape in regards to your own. Is there enough adjustment available to conform to your own needs? Making sure the vehicle is a good fit for you is not just a matter of comfort; it’s also a considerable safety feature. Most vehicles are designed with enough seat adjustment to make nearly any one of any size fit behind the steering wheel, but make sure by selecting a perfect sitting spot for you.

You can rest assured that any vehicle you take for a test-drive at NYE Automotive has already been checked out and runs safe, but ask questions about things that seem amiss. There might be specific concerns with a trade-in that haven’t been fixed yet so check with your salesperson to see what will be done between the time you make your commitment and the time it will be driven home.

Take notes on the major concerns like the smoothness of your ride, any noises you hear, any wear on the inside and outside, the feel of the brakes, and, of course, that sound system. Then compare it to the next vehicle you test-drive, using the list for a direct cross examination. You’ll likely see one with that is better in some aspects than another vehicle, while worse in others, so you’ll have to prioritize your needs.

Drive like you normally would, through a variety of traffic conditions both in the city and on the highway, and that will give you the best example of what this vehicle will be like when you are driving it regularly. And always remember to obey traffic laws while you test-drive.

Once you are ready to come out for your own test-drive, visit NYE. You’ll find a wide selection of quality new and pre-owned vehicles without the hassle of pushy salespeople. Just take your time and we’re sure you will find the perfect vehicle meant just for you!

The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email sales@nyeauto.com.

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