If you’re shopping for a used car, you need to do your homework. A thorough inspection and test drive of the car can ultimately help you decide whether to buy or to move onto the next vehicle.

Before you visit Car City to explore our selection of quality used cars, check out these tips to make the most of your test drive.

What to Look For When You Test Drive a Used Car

Examine the Exterior

Before you get behind the wheel of a used car, take a few minutes to thoroughly inspect the outside of the vehicle. Check the body for chipping paint or noticeable damages, examine the headlights and taillights for cracks, and look at the mirrors and other fixtures for signs of rust.

Look Under the Hood

After you look over the outside, open the hood to inspect the engine, oil tank, and other mechanical parts. Are you overwhelmed by a weird odor? Do you notice worn or missing parts? Does the engine look relatively new, or is it covered in debris?

Once you get a chance to look around, ask the salesperson for a vehicle history report to learn about previous accidents and repairs.

Check Out the Cabin

The time has come to get behind the wheel — but don’t leave the lot just yet. Inspect the interior of the car for signs of wear and damage. If everything appears clean and updated, turn the key and make sure everything is in working order. You might want to reconsider buying the vehicle if the radio only broadcasts static or if the air conditioner is broken.

After you get the inside scoop, it’s time to get out on the road.

Drive Like You Mean It

You’ll get the most out of your test drive if you drive like it’s your own car — get a feel for the handling as you accelerate and brake, and relax into your front seat.

Ask the salesperson questions about the vehicle’s performance, and other available features that assist as you drive — from high beams and windshield wipers to integrated safety features. Take your time before returning to the dealership and making a decision.

Browse Used Cars for Sale in Conway, SC

Searching for quality used cars for sale in Conway, South Carolina? Look no further than Car City to discover and test drive your next used car. Check out our hours and directions before stopping by our dealership today.