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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Minivans

Many of us are looking for a vehicle that is a source of pride or that suits our family well. This is often a sedan, hatchback, or SUV. Minivans get much less attention. But there are a few reasons you shouldn’t overlook them. The best minivans are limited because there are only a few on the market—the Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sedona, and Honda Odyssey.

Minivans are bulky, so you wouldn’t expect them to have many benefits over other popular models. But that is hardly the case. Below we will showcase why they may be the right choice for you and what some of the key minivan benefits are:

Fuel Efficiency

Contrary to popular belief, minivans aren’t necessarily gas guzzlers. The Chrysler Pacific E-Hybrid is one of the more efficient automobiles on the market. Its lithium-ion battery provides an equivalent of 84 miles per gallon. The gas engine will keep you going for another 500 miles once the battery is depleted. Plus, there are additional features to take advantage of, including foot-activated side doors.

Generous Hauling

Minivans are great for bringing the kids along on a road trip. They also haul plenty of material, whether you need to transport plywood or bring home a large television set. You don’t have to worry about covering a pickup bed; all the items you store will remain dry during transport. All the while, the Sienna offers all-wheel drive and some of the latest electronic safety features, such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

As Versatile as SUVs

The term SUV didn’t exist in the early 1980s, but minivans with the performance specs of a car were available. The Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, and Chrysler Town and Country were family vehicles. Sliding doors also separated these from the rest. Family-friendly trucks like the Ford Explorer emerged out of the minivan market, providing easier entry and egress and an open view of the road. And if cargo room is a top priority, the Kia Sedona offers 78.4 cubic feet behind the second row. By comparison, the Ford full-sized Expedition has only 57.5 cubic feet of storage, despite being 9 inches longer than the Sedona.

Accessible for the Entire Family, Including the Dog

A low floor makes life easier for the kids. They can hop in and out without a problem. So can the family dog, so you can fit kids, dogs, and boxes into a highly versatile minivan. The Honda Odyssey even has a built-in vacuum to clean up fur and keep the interior nice and clean. Not to mention it handles like a sporty sedan; thus, one more reason not to overlook a minivan.

Find Affordable Used Minivans Near You

CarWorld stocks the most popular of today’s minivans. Like our sedans and SUVs, each model is thoroughly inspected to ensure it is trouble free and road ready. If we can’t guarantee reliability, we won’t sell the vehicle. Our aggressive financing will ensure you are quickly approved, and you drive away the same day in a vehicle that suits all your wants and needs. To learn more, call 833-219-9951 or visit our dealership at 11916 Prairie Avenue in Hawthorne, CA.

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Cars with the Best Gas Mileage

Once you consider the cost of purchasing a vehicle, fuel prices are one of the primary factors affecting the cost of ownership. Gas and diesel costs can be a concern even when fuel prices are low. When they go up, fuel prices are even more problematic. You can offset high fuel prices buy considering fuel-efficient cars.

Low gas mileage cars have improved fuel economy due to a lightweight design, smaller engines, and engine management systems. Many of today’s most efficient cars are hybrid electric models. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s less a financial burden in terms of fueling, you may want to consider the following:

2013 Toyota Prius

Estimated peak efficiency is up to 49 mpg city and 46 highway. The 2013 Prius features a 1.8-liter base engine and is offered in numerous trim levels. These include the Two, Three, Four, and Five as well as the Persona Series and Special Edition. A six-speaker sound system, keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated mirrors come standard.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Sporting a 2.4-liter engine, this Hyundai Sonata gets an estimated 35 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. It also has an electric motor and compact battery. With the base trim, you also get keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone heating and air conditioning, heated front seats, and 16-inch wheels.

2013 Ford C-Max

A blend of a full-size sedan and small SUV, this efficient model can get you an estimated 42 mpg city and 37 highway. Its 2.0-liter engine provides sufficient power. Other attractive features include abundant head and legroom in both the front and rear seats, as well as up to 52.6 cubic feet of storage.

2013 Lexus CT 200H

Aside from luxury, the 2013 Lexus CT 200H offers an estimated 43 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. It includes a 1.8-liter engine. Aside from standard keyless ignition/entry, a six-speaker sound system, and dual-zone climate control, it also offers Bluetooth connectivity, Remote Touch, and other appealing technological features.

2016 Toyota Prius

The 2016 Prius offers an impressive estimated 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway. There are six trim levels, but you can enjoy a plethora of standard features including a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition. Even the most recent Toyota Prius model is highly rated amongst hybrid vehicles.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

A highly fuel-efficient car, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid achieves an estimated 49 mpg city and 47 mpg highway. Choose from the base, EX-L, and Touring trim levels of this mid-size sedan. The vehicle is rated for its smooth ride, great handling, and strong acceleration as well as its superior comfort.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Estimated at 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, this hybrid features a single 2.0-liter engine and standard features such as dual information displays and a rearview camera. The base S trim includes a nine-speaker sound system. Other trim options, such as the SE, Titanium, and Platinum, are also available. The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid also gets impressive mileage with 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

Find Cars with the Best Gas Mileage at CarWorld

CarWorld offers a premium inventory of used vehicles, so you can enjoy their reliability, features, and fuel efficiency. Our team can help you find a car that meets all your wants and needs. Thanks to aggressive financing and fast approval, you can drive away the same day. Call us at 833-219-9951 or visit our Hawthorne dealership today to learn more.

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What Kind of Car Should I Buy?

If you’re asking, “What car should I buy?”, it’s important to consider all the features you need. Don’t let marketers and salespeople pressure you into overspending. Ask yourself important questions such as how you used your last car, how many people ride with you, and how long your commute and driving trips are. Size, cargo space, and safety features are other important considerations, but not the only ones when determining what’s best for you. Also, think about:

Lifestyle

The automotive market offers a lot of variability. An SUV is best for a large family, while a sedan such as a Toyota Camry or Mazda3 can suffice if you don’t have too many passengers. A more family style wagon, larger SUV, or van may do depending on your needs. From hatchbacks to coupes, to convertibles, the options are plenty, so think through your requirements. If you plan on doing some towing or daily hauling, a pickup truck may be the answer to your question, “What car is right for me?”.

Budget

What you can afford in monthly car payments impacts the kind of car you can get. For a new car, monthly payments should be 15% or less of your monthly income, or 10% of your take-home pay for a used car. Fuel and insurance costs should account for no more than 7% of your income. Once you arrive at a number, you can search for vehicles and options within your price range.

Size

Size is a factor in many different types of vehicles. For examples, SUVs range from small to midsize, to large and extra-large. Some are suited for families while others are designed for off-road performance. Sedans also range from small to extra-large, while hatchbacks, wagons, and sports cars are sized according to specific user requirements.

Keep an Open Mind

If you’re eying a specific car, you are like many people. However, new cars are hitting showrooms all the time, so it pays to keep looking. You might find one that has never been considered. Comparing similar vehicles is beneficial anyway. A better, or even more affordable choice may be found and, once you have all the features and specifications in mind, you can compare prices more effectively.

Test It Out

Without a test drive, you might not know which car is just right. Contact your dealership’s sales department to schedule a test drive. Try taking at least three vehicles out for a spin. You can, therefore, compare them and explore all your options. Examine how the car handles in traffic and on highways, hills, and corners while getting a feel for the brakes, seats, cargo space, and technology.

How Do I Know What Car to Buy?

If you plan on making modifications, driving a lot, and selling the vehicle someday, you may want to buy it. Leasing a car allows you to save and afford a more expensive car with the latest technology. A trade-in at the end of a lease is generally easy, while repairs are covered by a factory warranty. The monthly payments tend to be lower as well.

There are also perks to buying new or used. You can save even more with a used car and get great features too. To find used vehicles that have passed rigorous inspections, contact CarWorld at 833-219-9951 or visit our Hawthorn dealership today. Our sales team will help you find a car that meets your wants or needs, discuss financing options, and make sure you drive away in one the same day.

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How to Change a Tire

When you get a flat tire and are far from the nearest shop, there may be few options. Being stranded on the road is not a fun situation, but these steps on how to change a tire will help you get through this dilemma.

How to Change a Tire

Changing a car tire isn’t that difficult. In under 30 minutes, your efforts can pay off and you can get going once again.

1. Find a Safe Location

If possible, move your vehicle off to the side. Reduce your speed slowly without making abrupt stops or turns and find a location where you can avoid oncoming traffic. Don’t park on dirt, grass, or hills; the surface should be solid and level. Also, remember to activate your hazard lights.

2. Gather the Right Tools

Locate a jack, lug wrench, fully inflated spare tire, and vehicle owner’s manual, all which should be in your vehicle. You should also keep other items in your trunk. These include a working flashlight, wheel wedges, and a 2” x 5’ piece of wood for securing the jack, as well as gloves and a rain poncho.

3. Prepare Your Vehicle

Before you start to change the flat tire:

  • Turn off your engine.
  • Engage the emergency or parking brake.
  • Apply wheel wedges to front or back tires (opposite from where the flat is).

4. Before Lifting the Vehicle

Remove the hubcap if there is one. When you have access to the lug nuts, apply the lug wrench and turn it counterclockwise. If the nuts are too tight, apply penetrating oil or use additional force with your foot. Don’t remove the nuts yet.

5. Raise the Vehicle

First, place the jack underneath the vehicle, where the metal is exposed. Follow the owner’s manual’s instructions for operating the device. The jack should be firm and perpendicular to the ground and raised to a height of about six inches. A piece of wood should be placed under the vehicle, in case the jack gives way.

6. Proceed with Removing the Tire

Turn all lug nuts counterclockwise and remove them. You should then be able to pull the wheel off. Using both hands, pull the flat tire towards you and place it under the car. If rust makes it hard to remove the tire, apply a liquid penetrate or hit the tire with a rubber mallet.

7. Install the Spare

When placing the spare tire, line the rim up with the lug bolts and push gently. Make sure the valve stem is facing outwards. Once the bolts appear through the rim, add the lug nuts and turn them clockwise by hand. Tighten them more with a wrench, but not completely.

Next, lower the vehicle until the spare touches the ground, but without the full weight of the car on it. Tighten the lug nuts all the way and lower the vehicle. Replace the hubcap and check the spare’s tire pressure.

Once your spare is in place, you can drive, but spare tires are designed only for temporary use. Get your vehicle to a technician as soon as possible.

Buy a Used Vehicle at CarWorld

Car tire maintenance is just one thing we take seriously. All used cars on our lot are thoroughly inspected to ensure reliability and safety. For help finding an affordable pre-owned vehicle that meets your wants and needs, with aggressive financing, and even drive away the same day, call 833-219-9951 or visit our dealership at 11916 Prairie Avenue in Hawthorne.

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When to Get an Oil Change

The standards have changed when it comes to servicing your car’s oil. In the past, getting an oil change every 3,000 miles or three months was common advice. Just as putting a cassette in your vehicle’s stereo or unfolding a road atlas have become obsolete, the rules on oil changes have, well, changed.

The guidelines on when to get an oil change are found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, while many of today’s cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs have automatic reminders that account for miles driven and a driver’s habits. In general, modern cars can safely go 5,000, or even 10,000 miles from one oil change to the next. The reasons include better quality automotive oils, changes in engine design, and innovations in manufacturing.

Also, synthetic oils tend to last longer before they break down. The typical time intervals for oil changes are usually around six months or a year, depending on how frequently the vehicle is driven.

A few factors influence when your vehicle needs new oil and other car maintenance. These factors include:

  • The type of engine oil used.
  • The age and make of your vehicle.
  • Your driving habits.

Oil change intervals are often based on typical driving habits. Non-typical driving habits include driving in dusty conditions, towing or transporting heavy loads, or frequent off-road driving. Excessive idling and driving at low speeds over long distances can also shorten oil life.

But even if you don’t drive much, oil should still be kept fresh. Dirty oil will cause engine wear if you drive only a few miles at a time.

Why Does My Car Need an Oil Change?

The longer oil stays in your car, the less effective it is. Running with older oil can cause an engine to run cooler, enabling excess moisture to form inside. A buildup of moisture isn’t the only thing that can shorten engine life; contaminated oil can as well. Particulates from the air and within the vehicle can build up. These increase friction between engine parts, causing them to wear out more quickly.

Some engines are more prone to sludge buildup than others. A breakdown in oil causes residue to form, blocking oil flow and potentially damaging the engine beyond repair. Synthetic oil can prevent sludge buildup. It also benefits vehicles that haul heavy materials and that are driven in climates with extreme seasonal temperature variations.

Checking the Oil Level

The oil change benefits on your car apply whether you replace oil regularly or service the vehicle when oil levels are low. Check your car’s oil monthly to determine if there are significant changes. If so, top it off or bring the vehicle to a shop for repairs. An oil leak can seriously damage your vehicle. You can check the exact level by using the engine’s dipstick or the vehicle’s electronic oil monitor.

Automotive oil should also have a brown or black color. If it is light or milky, there may be a coolant leak, while the presence of metal particles can indicate internal damage to the engine. Consult a mechanic right away if you see any of these signs.

Find High Quality Used Vehicles at CarWorld

At CarWorld, each used vehicle on our lot has been carefully inspected to ensure it has been properly maintained and is road ready. Our team will help find a car that suits your wants and needs, while aggressive financing is available so you can drive away the same day. Call 833-219-9951 or come visit our Hawthorne dealership today.

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Are Airbags Important?

Airbags are among the most important safety features of automobiles. Often referred to as Supplementary Restraint Systems (seatbelts being the Primary Restraint Systems), car airbags are designed to inflate rapidly in a collision, impact, or sudden deceleration. Their main purpose is to provide cushioning and restraint during a crash while preventing injuries due to motion within the vehicle.

An airbag is essentially a balloon connected to crash sensors. Modern cars have frontal airbags, side airbags, and others, sometimes as many as six to 10 airbags. But airbag safety doesn’t make your car invincible. It is still important to obey traffic laws and drive safely; high-speed crashes can still be fatal even if the airbags are deployed.

Statistical Proof Airbags Work

Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals why airbags are so important. Since 1998, frontal airbags in passenger cars have been standard. The following year, they became standard in all SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks. The NHTSA estimates airbags saved over 50,000 lives between 1987 and 2017. An estimated 2,790 people aged 13 and older were saved by frontal airbags in 2017 alone.

Who Does an Airbag Protect?

Airbags are designed to work with seatbelts to keep occupants restrained in a crash. In a high-speed crash, frontal airbags can prevent people from flying through the windshield. Children under 13 should sit in the back seat. If a child is seated in the front row, secure them as far back as possible to increase the distance, so the force of the airbag is less likely to injure them.

In most cases, the safety benefits of airbags outweigh the risks. An ON-OFF switch may be installed, with authorization from the NHTSA, if a rear-facing infant restraint must be placed in the front, a child under 13 requires medical monitoring in the front of the vehicle, the driver is of small stature and must sit within a few inches of the airbag, or an individual with a medical condition is safer with the frontal airbag off.

How Does an Airbag Deploy?

The airbag system consists of an electronic control unit, which transmits a signal to an inflator when a crash is detected. Located within the airbag module, this inflator includes an igniter that initiates a chemical reaction upon the release of a harmless gas. The airbag then inflates within 1/20th of a second. Frontal airbags prevent occupants from moving forward, while side-impact airbags protect drivers and passengers from objects inside and outside the vehicle.

Airbags Reduce Injury and Death Risk

There have been studies questioning the overall safety of airbags. Injuries have occurred due to impacts with them, but being unprotected comes with a much higher risk of serious injury and death. Another benefit is lower insurance rates. If your car has airbags, insurance premiums can be reduced because vehicle occupants are more protected. This is another incentive to purchase a vehicle with airbags.

Find a Reliable, Safe Car at Our Used Car Dealership

CarWorld is the best place to find used cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs in Hawthorne, California. Serving drivers throughout the Los Angeles area, we help find affordable vehicles to accommodate families, regardless of credit history. Aggressive financing options, rigorous inspections, and comprehensive after-sales service are other reasons customers depend on us. Browse our selection of used cars online or visit our buy here, pay here dealership to drive away the same day. For more information, call 833-219-9951.

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Hawthorne Car Deal Redefines the Buy Here-Pay Here Sales Model!

Car World brings you easiest, fastest and friendliest in-house financing so you can drive away with your new ride same day.

Hawthorne, CA – May 20th, 2019 – Anyone who knows the auto industry knows the term “Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH).” It refers to an auto dealership that provides in-house financing to customers so their car loan is made directly with the dealer. As great as that sounds, the term “buy here pay here” has carried a negative connotation since it’s a common place for consumers with poor credit scores to purchase vehicles.

When the Awad family set out to re-brand their dealership in Hawthorne California, they wanted to completely flip the script on what a dealership specializing in the use of in-house financing could mean to consumers. Enter Car World. In a recent interview Belal Awad, Car World’s General Manager explained the intention of the gigantic rebranding of the store that for decades existed under the moniker “Repossess Auto Sales.” Awad stated, “We saw this as an opportunity to do in-house financing with the focus on making the experience friendly and easy for the customer. We want our clients to feel like family! Los Angeles is a unique, very car-centric place, and unlike other large cities, people don’t want to rely on public transportation, they want to have their own vehicles. But where do you go if the big brand dealer down the street won’t give you a loan? That’s where Car World comes in.”

The changes to Car World are far from just cosmetic. From the top down they are making changes to ensure that customers walk out the door with a smile on their face. The store has added a customer service department focused on making sure customers have a good car buying experience. Along those lines, they added a robust BDC (Business Development Center), and even doubled their service department mechanic staff, in order to provide 3-month warranties for every vehicle sold.

In his interview, Belal went on to say, “No one wants to go through a potentially exhaustive process at a dealership only to be turned down when they get to the credit application. Our dealership makes people feel like family and sets an expectation of what is needed from the moment they walk in the door so they know they can leave in a car they love that day.” One thing is for sure. Car World and the Awad family are in no way looking to slow down. With the re-branding and all recent upgrades, they are positioned to extend their share as one of the largest-volume “buy here pay here” auto dealers in California.

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Why Should You Buy a Truck?

Pickup trucks such as those by Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are some of the most popular vehicles on the market. With any vehicle, you want functionality, comfort and, of course, practicality. Sedans are small, but spunky, and SUVs accommodate the whole family. But you may ask why buying a truck is such a satisfying purchase. Read on to learn why.

Power

If you enjoy reliable power, then you should buy a pickup truck. The amount of power varies from one truck to another, but most 2015 and 2016 models have engines with around 350 hp. Some even range up to 440 hp. With that power comes speed. For example, the Sierra 1500 delivers zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds!

Activities

A pickup truck can take you on multi-purpose trips. There’s room for luggage, bicycles, camping equipment, coolers, scuba tanks, boxes, firewood, and many other things. Whether you’re traveling down the coast, up to the mountains, or through the desert, a truck can suit you just well. Some trucks are even capable of off-road driving, so you can go pretty much anywhere.

Interior Room

Traveling with the kids and pets means you’ll need room for people, storage, and supplies. There is plenty of room inside a truck. In fact, a four-door F-150 has more rear-seat legroom than a Mercedes luxury sedan or a Lincoln Navigator.

Towing Ability

The more horsepower you have, the more you’ll be able to tow. Add a trailer hitch and take along an extra vehicle or camping equipment. Each truck has its own capacity; the 2015 Chevy Silverado can tow up to 12,000 pounds!

Fuel Efficiency

Pickup trucks have great fuel economy, considering how much work they can do and the load they carry. A roof rack and load of equipment thrown on a passenger car will wreck its fuel economy. It’s not only about the miles per gallon, but also about the amount of performance you get compared to a car.

Safety

Since pickup trucks are heavier, there’s less force on occupants during an impact. Truck safety has also been improved with airbags, crumple zones, automatic braking, and other features now seen in passenger cars. Also, a car’s bumper is lower than the truck’s frame, so passengers are protected against direct impacts. Another safety aspect is the truck’s higher field of view, which enables you to see above traffic and react in case there’s a potential accident.

Affordability

Space, horsepower, and other amenities are available at an affordable price. With all the goods included, you can have a pickup truck for under $50,000; that’s even less than some of the fancier SUVs out there. Plus, you get the versatility and support for outdoor activities.

Better yet, you can save even more with used trucks. Pre-owned trucks from CarWorld are mostly just a few years old and inspected to ensure they’re in perfect shape. If a vehicle doesn’t pass our multi-point inspection, we do not sell it. We also offer buy here, pay here financing, so you can afford a vehicle, and maintenance so you can keep your ride going for many years. Our service technicians are available whenever you need routine maintenance or repairs.

At CarWorld, we can help you with a trade-in, offer you the best value for your vehicle, and assist in finding new or used models. If you’re wondering where to buy a truck, you’ve found leading experts in sales and a dealership that offers aggressive financing options. Call 833-219-9951 or visit our Hawthorne dealership today!

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Benefits of a Trade-In Auto Dealer

If you currently own a vehicle but want a new one, there are a few options. None are as convenient as trading in your automobile with the dealer. You don’t have to wait for a passerby to show interest in your “for sale” sign or for someone to answer a classified ad. Many dealerships offer trade-in services to help you save, among these various benefits:

Cost Savings

The trade-in amount agreed upon by the dealership will be subtracted from the purchase price of the car. If the car you want is $27,000 and $7,000 is offered for your old vehicle, then you’ll only have to apply for a $20,000 loan. A lower final price also means less sales tax to pay. In many states, you’ll only pay sales tax on the difference between the new car’s price and the cash you receive for the one you’re trading in.

The Dealer Is Your Only Contact

Your trade-in auto dealer will handle every step of the process. There’s no middleman or potential buyer to wait for. The dealer provides an opportunity to negotiate and it might take just a day or two to complete the transaction, rather than wait months to find a buyer. You also don’t have to put in the effort to advertise your vehicle. Your dealer will appraise it and make an offer; then all you have to do is sign off on the deal.

Apply Your Trade-In Value to a Down Payment

If your car is paid off or you’ve built equity on the vehicle, it could be possible to apply its value to the down payment. You’ll therefore need less financing. With a reduced loan, your monthly payments and interest charges will be less than they’d otherwise be. The dealership may also offer additional financing options once you’ve traded in a vehicle.

Save Lots of Time

The process of selling a car yourself, as touched on earlier, is a hassle. It can be hard to convince people your old car is the right one for them. Everyone is looking for the best deal. Today’s consumers are more educated than ever before, and they’ll look for every opportunity to negotiate. You might not get the fair market value for your vehicle. However, a dealership has inside market knowledge and may be willing to make a fair trade, while offering you a discount on your next car.

Can I Trade-In My Used Car?

You can depending on your dealership. At CarWorld in Hawthorne, CA, you can have your car appraised and get its True Market Value® by submitting details about it online. We’ll determine your vehicle’s value based on its make, model, year, and style, as well as its condition and mileage. If you’re looking for a trade-in car dealership near you that can help every step of the way, you’ve come to the right place.

We stock a huge inventory of pre-owned vehicles. All are inspected to ensure reliability and covered under a comprehensive warranty. We’re also committed to helping you find used cars that suit all your wants and needs, and to offer the best value. You can be sure you’ll get the best price. For more information on selling or trading in a vehicle, scheduling a test drive, or applying for financing, find the help you need online or call us at 833-219-9951.

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How to Test Drive a Car

You’ve seen the photos, read the reviews, and heard others rave about it. However, you can’t tell a car will meet all your expectations unless you go for a test drive. You can’t just return it to the store. But test driving a car requires a bit of research. Here are the things to consider before, during and after you test-drive a car.

Where to Start

First, research what you want. Before you visit the dealership, read up on different vehicles. Check new car ratings and road test reviews; Edmunds is a good place to start. Pick around three cars to drive so you can more easily compare impressions.

Next, schedule an appointment to test-drive so the salesperson can locate and bring the cars to the front before you even show up.

What to Check Before the Test Drive

Check the paint color, which might look different than in photos or at night. Make sure to see the car in daylight before making a decision. Also, have a second choice for color in case one is hard to find.

Next, look at the cargo space, considering important items such as luggage, signage, musical instruments, etc., especially if you travel or haul large items to work. Convenient features include folding rear seats or pass-throughs for long items. Also, is there room to install a child seat? If you need one, make sure the car accommodates it.

In addition, check whether:

  • You can get in and out of the car easily.
  • There’s enough head-, leg-, and hip-room.
  • The driver’s seat is comfortable and adjustable.
  • Brake pedals are comfortable or adjustable.
  • The controls are easy to see and use.
  • You can see outside each window.

Test Driving a Car

Now it’s time to adjust the seat and mirrors, put on your seat belt, and turn off the radio. Set out on the highway or on hills if they’re part of your regular driving experience. Tell the salesperson you want to explore beyond a predetermined route.

As you’re driving, carefully evaluate the:

  • Engine/road/tire noise you can hear in the cabin.
  • Feel of acceleration on the highway or driving uphill.
  • Brake response; the pedal should be firm yet easy to press.
  • The suspension is smooth on all road surfaces.
  • Steering response and overall handling.

Also, test out the touchscreen, Bluetooth, apps, and navigation features. Assess the layout of steering wheel controls as well to decide whether the car’s interface works for you.

Back at the Dealership

The sales team will now likely proceed with the buying process. Before negotiating, decide whether you like the car or not. If you haven’t decided after test driving a car, express your thanks and take the salesperson’s business card. You can always call later to talk price; in fact, having multiple appointments can make the bargaining stage easier.

By following this process and considering all your questions during the test drive, finding the best car for your needs is achievable.

Find the Car You Can Afford at CarWorld

CarWorld has a hand-picked inventory of pre-owned, leading-brand vehicles. Each is carefully inspected to ensure it’s road-ready. Offering financing, sales specials, and trade-in deals, we can help you get into a car you can afford without settling for less. Visit our Hawthorne dealership or call 833-219-9951 today to schedule an appointment.