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What to Look for When Test Driving

Test driving potential vehicles can be an exciting time—if you know how to do it the right way! There’s a lot more to test driving a car than climbing in and taking it for a couple of circles around the dealership parking lot. Lee Partyka Mazda is here to help! Read on to find out what you should look for when test driving:

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Safety & Tech Features

We all know how fast technology is changing, especially in vehicles. There’s no way to keep up with it unless you buy a new car every year! According to NPR, the average car on the road is over ten years old. Automotive technology has made leaps and bounds since then, so if you’re test driving a new vehicle, chances are it has some newer tech and safety features than your current ride. Make sure you test out every feature you can when you test drive a potential car, whether it’s the backup camera, parking assist, or even just pairing your smart phone. Be sure to ask your salesperson any questions you have as well.

Child, Passenger & Cargo Space

During a test drive, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and only focus on the driver and passenger seat areas. However, it’s important to remember everything you’ll be using your vehicle for and who will be in it! If you have children you often have in the car with you or usually have passengers, make sure you check out the rear seats so you can be sure there is adequate space. Even better, bring a friend or even a car seat along so you can test out the other seats.

If you haul a lot of gear for hobbies, sports, or trips, make sure the vehicle you’re test driving as plenty of cargo room for all of your adventures, no matter if you’re buying a larger SUV or a more compact sedan.

Issues with the Drive Itself

This item mainly applies to those shopping for a used vehicle. When you’re actually on your drive, make sure you pay attention to these things:

  • If the car runs smoothly
  • If the steering wheel is easy to turn
  • How the brakes feel
  • How the car switches between gears, accelerates, and stops
  • Most-used features like windshield wipers, turn signals, and infotainment system controls

The best way to avoid issues when buying a used or even new vehicle is to find a dealership you can trust. You can always be sure of a transparent and reliable car-buying experience when you shop at Lee Partyka Mazda.


Now that you know what to look for, come on out to our dealership in Hamden, CT, and take our new Mazdas and used vehicles for a test drive! To make an appointment, or if you have questions, please call 203-288-7761.