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What to Look for When Taking a Test Drive in Pittsfield MA?

3 Steps to a Quality Test Drive in Pittsfield MA!

If you’re looking to test drive a new or used vehicle, there are a few things you need to keep an eye out for. There are a few steps to a good quality test drive, one that catches anything that might stand out, and we want to make sure you know what they are. Continue reading below to learn these steps, what you should look for, and more!

The Test Starts on the Lot

The first thing you need to understand is that your test drive begins the moment you turn the key. You should start the vehicle and idle it for a few minutes, maybe take the time to examine the exterior for anything unusual. Too much rust, damage, bad tires, etc. Then, listen to the engine – does it sound ok? How about the radio, the AC, the heat? You want to make sure they’re all in good working condition before you move to the next steps.

2021 Mazda CX-9 interior side front view
2021 Mazda6 interior front view

Take it to the Road!

Next, take the vehicle off the lot and start driving around. We recommend roads with plenty of stops and turns – you want to see how the model handles these situations. We also recommend listening to anything abnormal during this time. Keep an ear peeled for grinding, whirring, rattling, or other noises. Also, make sure you get a feel for the brakes and the handling, you don’t want them to feel loose or stiff.

Go to the Highway and Beyond!

Finally, you want to head to a highway or a road that goes above 55 MPH. This isn’t too hard to find in Pittsfield, MA, thankfully. You’ll want to see how the model handles high speeds, how the lane changing, acceleration, and handling feels. If it feels hesitant, or like its not easy to handle, get off the highway and make your way back to the dealership immediately. You don’t want that in a vehicle and somethings likely wrong.

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These are just some of the steps and suggestions we have for those that are taking their models out for a test drive for the first time here at Berkshire Mazda in Pittsfield, MA today. To learn more about what you can do, or to take a vehicle for a test drive, contact our agents today!