The test-drive is one of the most important parts of buying a car, right up there with getting a good deal. Before you get behind the wheel for your next test-drive, keep a few things in mind.

1. Make a list. Know what you want before you get to the lot. Any particular features that are very important to you? Any model that definitely want to try out? Having answers to these kinds of questions can help the salesperson find the right vehicle for you or at least point you in the right direction.

2. Schedule an appointment. Scheduling an appointment for your test-drive will ensure that a salesperson is ready to show you the vehicle you're looking for at the time that's right for you. At Metro Nissan of Montclair, scheduling your test-drive is easy, just visit MetroNissanMontclair.com.

When you are on your drive, you should be sure to pay attention to what you like and dislike about this vehicle. This can range from the paint color (does your chosen color look good in person?) to the brakes (are they overly sensitive?). Be sure to take your vehicle through the streets to understand the brakes and acceleration and onto the highway to find out if there's any road noise coming through. Check all of your blind spots and mirrors to make sure you will be safe as you drive.

After your test-drive, if you really loved the vehicle and it's everything you wanted you can start negotiating right away. However, if you think some of the features don't quite fit your needs, talk to the salesperson about test-driving another vehicle or scheduling another appointment. Buying a car is an important investment so taking your time is key in finding what will make you happiest.



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