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Footscray Nissan: Tips for a perfect test drive

Thinking of buying a new or used Nissan and want to make the most out of your next test drive? At Footscray Nissan we know from experience that feeling 100% confident about purchasing your next car is super important. The last thing you want is to get your new vehicle home and realise it doesn’t have enough space, or it’s missing a key safety feature that could protect you and your family on the road.

So how much effort should you put into a test drive? Doing your homework and getting to grips with what’s what before you head into the dealership can put you in the right headspace to make the very best decision. A car can look amazing online, and it could have the best reviews – but when you come to drive it, it might not handle in a way that suits your driving style.

We’ve put together some important tips for a perfect test drive so that when you arrive at our Footscray dealership, you’ll know exactly what to look out for and how to make every minute count.

Is it comfortable?

Sometimes, when people test drive a car, they realise they’re too tall or short to comfortably get in and out of the vehicle, which is why some people prefer an SUV to a small hatchback. If you bump your head or need to awkwardly manoeuvre your body to get in and out, you might need something that offers more space.

The same goes for inside the car. Is there enough headroom? Does your lower back feel well supported? Can you see over the steering wheel?

What about luggage? If you plan on taking long trips with the family in tow, is there enough room for luggage, a tent, and the family dog? If you have young children, bring along your pram to see if it fits. Are the seat buckles and anchor points easy to access?

How about the control panel?

Every car has a slightly different dashboard, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re happy with whatever you choose. Find a quiet street and test out the satellite navigation system – is it intuitive and simple to follow? Do you find it easy to pair your phone with the Bluetooth? Do you like the audio system that the car has to offer? For the perfect test drive, thinking of everything beforehand can help you make a decision that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Smooth handling is crucial

Some people choose a car with light, smooth steering and others think that heavier is better. When you’re test driving your next car, have a think about how natural the steering feels to you.Check the car's acceleration to see if it has enough power, and whether you can change up and down gears smoothly. Makes sure that the brakes feel powerful without being over-responsive, which can effect handling.

Explore the exterior

Sure, you’ve had a smooth test drive in the most comfortable vehicle you’ve ever been in and you’re in love with all of the impressive features - but do you like how the car looks from the outside? When you love how your car looks, your driving experience can be even more enjoyable.

Aside from wanting to look good, there are other important exterior features you won’t want to miss. Does the boot open easily and appear roomy enough? Particularly for those buying a used vehicle - are there any obvious bumps or dents that you didn’t expect?

Bring a friend along

Bringing a friend or family member along to our dealership at Footscray Nissan is always welcomed. A second set of eyes can be really important and help you spot red flags that you might miss on your own. If you’re buying a car that your partner will drive, it’s good for them to test it out as well. Lots of people also bring along their children to see what they think of the car too.

We’re here to help

We understand that buying a new or used car can be a huge decision and, although exciting, it can often feel overwhelming. Before making a big commitment, we encourage all of our customers to ask as many questions as possible and never rush into any purchase.

At Footscray Nissan we offer customers a spacious showroom so you can casually browse our great range of vehicles at your own pace. Our professional, friendly staff are specialists who enhance your buying experience by providing expert advice and after sales. Drop into Footscray Nissan today and experience a test drive like no other.