“I’m thinking of buying a new car, what’s the most important thing to look for?”.
That is the #1 question I get asked by friends, neighbours and aquaintances. I’ve been doing this a long time (since the invention of the horseless carriage) and my conclusion is, you must take each vehicle you are considering for a test drive. If you’ve taken the time to drive down to the dealership to check on a vehicle that interests you, please make sure you collect ALL the information you can while you’re here. that includes a test drive.
We’ll have people come in driving maybe a 2008 Fusion and are looking at moving a couple of years newer into another Fusion. They’ll tell us they don’t need to drive it as they have already owned one. Ford spends a lot of money each year making upgrades to their vehicles and if you don’t drive it again you won’t get to know and experience what those changes are and if you like them. Brakes, steering, suspension it all can change year to year as new improvements are made.
If you are changing vehicles completely from sedan to truck, or minivan to car, be prepared for a different experience. A different body can make a big change to blind spots, visibility, ride and handling. The driving dynamics can differ greatly as you change vehicle style and type. Make sure you are comfortable with them.
Taking any car you are considering for a test drive will tell you exactly how comfortable you feel behind the wheel. The drive tells you everything. Are all the controls comfortably in reach? How is the visibility? Road noise acceptable? Acceleration, handling and braking? Is the ride good? We want you to experience city roads, highway and bumpy roads. If you need to take the vehicle and drive the route you drive on a daily basis we can arrange it. This is a sizable investment you’ll be making for the next few years, so please invest your time in a drive, there is no obligation. We want to make sure you have ALL the information that you will need to make the proper decision.
It sounds crazy, but why spend more time trying on shoes or sunglasses than you do trying out a vehicle?