Test Driving Tips

It is quite common to ask for a test-drive when buying a car from a dealer, and especially so when dealing with a private-party seller. While it may be daunting to let a stranger drive your car, following these simple test driving tips should make the process run smoothly:

  • Try to set a meeting location with potential buyers somewhere other than at your home and bring along a friend to accompany you. Also make sure family and friends know of your plans.
  • Following a prospective buyer on the test drive is crucial as it gives you more selling time. Use this time to point out all the features you love about your car, especially information that you didn’t have space to mention in your ad.
  • Should the potential buyer request to go alone and you are comfortable with that, write down the name, address and license number.Also set a time limit and exchange cell phone numbers.
  • The test-drive should follow a pre-planned route that allows the potential buyer to experience a variety of driving situations including on the highway and in local traffic.
  • Liability insurance coverage shouldn’t be an issue as many insurance policies cover other people who drive your car so long as it is with your permission and have a valid driver’s license. However, please verify your policy’s details, and if it doesn’t offer this protection, ask to see proof of the buyer’s insurance. Make sure the driver has full coverage,which includes collision, liability and comprehensive.