For tourists going on long holidays in New Zealand, buying a used car is one of the smarter options for travelling. Thanks to the mass availability of imported Japanese cars and other brands, you can own a pre-owned vehicle for as low as NZ$1800-2300.
To get your money’s worth, the first crucial step is to take it for a test drive. The buyer’s experience during a test drive is often the deciding factor in their purchase. To also help their customers make an informed decision, many dealerships in New Zealand offer test drives, such as Giltrap Northshore.
Below is a guide to getting the most out of your test drive:
Before The Drive
First, pick a route that can accurately gauge the car’s capabilities. Driving across a highway or some inclined slopes gives you an idea of the vehicle’s speed and engine strength.
Inspect the car closely. Make sure the steering wheel works and the engine starts without too much difficulty. Most importantly, check if the car’s Warrant of Fitness (WoF) is up-to-date. Driving a vehicle that doesn’t meet WoF requirements is illegal and puts you at risk of having a crash.
During The Drive
Take the car for a brief spin before the actual test drive to spot any deficiencies. Make sure it stops straight, the brakes aren’t too loose, and the steering wheel is responsive. A major red flag is if a car does not remain straight when you let go of the wheel.
During the drive, watch out for any fuel smells or excessive heat coming from the engine. For uphill drives, it shouldn’t be too hard for the car to go up a slope. Make sure the gears shift smoothly, and there are no unusual engine noises. It is also important to double-check the gears to prevent potential road accidents.
If the car operates well and doesn’t appear to have any issues, congratulations. You’re on your way to becoming a used car owner and driving around the city as you please.