How much can you really tell from a 15 minute test drive?

When it comes to second hand cars for sale, the test drive is king. Without one, you are risking everything; your cash, your safety; doing so is just not...

When it comes to second hand cars for sale, the test drive is king. Without one, you are risking everything; your cash, your safety; doing so is just not worth it.

However, there are limits to what you can discover from a short test drive. Of course, you should be able to pick up on the engine tone on startup, whether it coughs or splutters, and any immediate worrying noises, thumps or vibrations.

But deeper, more profound issues with a motor may not really become apparent until the car has been running at operating temperature for a good half hour. If, before that stage, you’ve already handed over your money, you may well find yourself stuck with a dud.

It’s widely known that navigating the used cars for sale market is a challenging task. There is a huge amount to understand, to look out for, and to be aware of. There are many pitfalls and there are many potential mistakes to be made along the way.

But, you can avoid many of these with the unique advantages the AutoTrader test drive offers. Because it’s longer, you have far more time to come to terms with the car and its unique qualities, or, in your eyes, its potential failings.

This is why AutoTrader choose to give you the option for a much longer test drive than the industry standard. We know how important choosing the right used car is, but we also know how tough this can be.

With longer to think, longer to try the car out, more chance to relax and genuinely consider what you need from your next motor, there’s far more chance that you are going to walk away a happy customer.

The great thing is that nowadays, there is literally no need to make do with a 15 minute test drive, and to be honest, in our opinion, you shouldn’t do so. The more time you spend with a car, the more you can trust your judgement. Equally, the more time you’re allowed with a car, the more trustworthy the seller actually is.

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