Test Drive Checklist


Test driving checklist


Can you see the end of the bonnet and boot? Does any part of the car block your vision? Can you easily see all the mirrors?

Safety Features

Check for manual or automatic seat belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and child safety locks.

Steering-wheel placement

Are you comfortable behind the wheel? Is it easy to adjust the steering-wheel, the seat and mirrors?

Entry / Exit

Is it easy to get in and out of the car from each position?


Does each passenger have plenty of head and leg room? Check rear seats, too. Fasten the safety belt in each position. Each belt should fit snugly across the hips; shoulder harness should ride comfortably across the shoulder.

Instrument panel / controls

While driving, can you quickly and easily check the speedometer and fuel gauge? Try the windshield wipers, lights, turn signal and other functions to see how easy they are to operate. Check the climate controls


Is there enough space in the boot or cargo area? Is it easy to get to the spare tyre.


Does it accelerate smoothly? Does it have enough "passing power"? Slow down and speed up a few times to check out the responsiveness of the engine. Does the engine idle smoothly, or does it appear to race?


Is the car's finish glossy and even? Check for evenly aligned body panels and secure trim.


Is the ride smooth? Does it offer responsive handling that makes you feel comfortable in all road conditions?


If the car has an automatic transmission, does it shit smoothly between speeds, without jolting? If it is a manual, check the feel of the clutch, and the east of shifting gears.


Take the car out to a stretch of empty road. accelerate to about 60km/hr and make an emergency stop. Does the car stop in a straight line without pulling to one side?


Does your car maneuver easily into a parking space? Does the steering wheel turn easily? Parallel park the car. Does any part of the car obstruct your view?

Noise levels

With windows closed, listen to the noise level. Listen for engine noises when accelerating. At lower speeds, listen for road noises and tire sounds. At highway speeds, listen for wind whistling outside the windows.

Steering / Handling

When your grip is relaxed on the steering wheel. does the car drift? At highway speeds, does the steering-wheel provide a firm feel of the road? Is the car stable when you turn corners.

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