The Test Drive
This is where the crunch comes. The next half hour or so will decide whether you spend the biggest single amount of cash you’ll put to anything, except (if you’re fortunate) buying a home.
So it’s doubly important to take your time and to keep a cool head. From the off, we’d say, never buy any car without having driven it first.
And don’t settle for a quick spin around the block. You need to drive for half an hour, minimum and cover a variety of roads, from city streets to open through-routes.
Before you test-drive, ask whether the seller’s insurance covers you. If it does, sit in and get comfortable. Take time to adjust the seat, wheel and mirrors every which way until all are just so. Don’t forget to set the seat belt height, if the car will let you do this.