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How to Get the Most Out of a Test Drive

No matter how much research you do, nothing will give you as much knowledge about whether or not you’ll love a car as the test drive. It’s important that you make the most of your test drive when you visit Paretti Mazda so you find out all that you need to know about the vehicle you wish to purchase. The test drive is the time to truly concentrate on your driving experience and know if the car feels right. This can be partly a gut feeling, but there are concrete things to consider. Here are a few:


How does the driver’s seat feel to you? Keep in mind that you’ll likely spend a lot of time in the seat so you want to be sure that it feels right. It’s also a good idea to bring your partner and children along for the test drive so they can see if they’re comfortable in the car as well.


Do you feel that the vehicle is easy to handle? Are you comfortable parking it? We’ll always encourage you to test out different maneuvers during a test drive to ensure the vehicle handles the way you want it to.  If you aren’t comfortable driving the vehicle, it won’t be one you’ll be happy to keep for years to come.


Take a good look at how the controls are laid out on the dash and how they feel to you. If you’ll have children in the back, check to see that you can easily reach them and that they are in your eye line. It’s important that everything in your car or SUV is comfortably laid out for both your enjoyment and safety.


Do a walk-around of the vehicle to look at trunk space and other cargo areas. After buying the car is not when you want to find out that you don’t have all the storage space that you’ll need. While you can look at dimensions online, actually seeing the space for yourself makes all the difference. If you regularly haul things like a bike, we’re happy to let you test it out to see if it fits in the vehicle you’re considering.

Are you ready to test drive a vehicle at Paretti Mazda in Metairie? Call ​800-499-1341 to get one scheduled today. We’re excited to let you take one of our quality new or used vehicles out on the road.