You’re in the market for a used car and have been browsing the car lots for months. Finally, you see just the vehicle you’ve been looking for, and you want to purchase it before it disappears. However, before you go laying down your cash or signing for a car loan, we at Joe’s Auto Sales East suggest you take a minute to breathe and test drive the vehicle. Here’s why.

1. Make sure it’s the one you want.

You don’t want to hand over your hard-earned money or commit to financing a used car until you’re certain the vehicle works for you. From the way it drives to the way your favorite music sounds on the speakers, the test drive helps you verify whether you want it.

2. Get inside the car.

The outside of a car can look great, but you want to get a thorough inspection of the inside as well. Test-driving an affordable used car gives you inside time so you can check out the sound system, the cup holders, the air conditioning, heat, and even the smells. You’re going to spend most of your time with the car inside it, so you want to make sure you’re happy with it.

3. Check out how the used car handles.

Even if the vehicle is only a few years old, don’t assume its steering, brakes, or engine is perfect. The test drive allows you time on the road to check these things and see how it drives. If you notice anything unusual during a test drive, you will want to bring it up to the used car dealership representative. You may be able to use the information you observed during the test drive to negotiate price, or you may also decide to keep shopping. To arrange a test drive with any of the used cars on our Indianapolis lot, contact Joe’s Auto Sales East at 317-405-8545. We have a wide range of used vehicles—including used cars, used trucks, used SUVs, and more. In case you’re in need of a car loan, we also offer buy-here-pay-here financing.