What To Know When Test Driving A Vehicle at Fox Subaru in Auburn, NY

Whether you're shopping for a new or used car, the best way to ensure you select the right model for your needs is to take it out for a test drive at Fox Subaru. If you've never taken a test drive before or it's been a while, check out this helpful guide on all things test-driving.

What a Test Drive Entails

A test drive is exactly what the name suggests. It's a chance for you to drive a vehicle you're interested in by taking it off the dealership lot with a sales associate.

How to Prepare

Before booking a test drive, it's a good idea to do some research. Write down a list of all of your wants and needs, and then check out different models online. It's a good idea to find about three models you're interested in potentially buying.

How to Schedule an Appointment

With your top models in mind, you can either head straight to Fox Subaru for a test drive or schedule one ahead of time. The benefit of making an appointment is that the used Subaru Outback or new Crosstrek you're considering will be ready to test-drive as soon as you arrive. Simply call us at 844-338-8673 to schedule one at our dealership.

What to Bring With You

In order to take a test drive, you will need to have your driver's license on hand. It's also smart to bring a car seat if you have one so that you can see how easy it is to install in different vehicles.

What to Look For During the Drive

At your test drive appointment, you'll want to thoroughly check out the vehicle before you start the engine. Consider its appearance, size, and comfort. Once you begin driving the vehicle, pay attention to the noise level, steering, braking, and smoothness of the vehicle.


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How to Get the Most Out of the Drive

During the test drive, ask your salesperson if you can take a route that has similar elements to your daily commute. If you let our sales staff know what you want your test drive to include, they'll be sure to accommodate to the best of their ability. Feel free to also ask any questions you have throughout the experience.

Our helpful, low-pressure staff at Fox Subaru looks forward to helping you find the right vehicle for your needs. Be sure to give us a call to schedule a test drive at our dealership in Auburn, New York.

Why Test-Drive a Subaru Vehicle in Auburn, NY

No matter where you are in the car-shopping process (or maybe you're not there yet at all), our team at Fox Subaru highly recommends scheduling a test drive. It's a great way to learn more about your preferences behind the wheel, experience new technologies in action, and figure out what kind of vehicle makes the most sense for your needs.

No Commitment Necessary

When you schedule a test drive at Fox Subaru, you're not committing anything more than your time. Vehicles have changed a lot over the past decade, and test-driving a model like the Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, or Ascent will give you a good idea of the new tech features you can expect. A test drive is also a good way to experience a new vehicle style - for example, if you're not used to driving a large SUV or a performance sedan, you'll definitely want to test one out before committing to a purchase.

Make sure you're comfortable

It's one thing to research vehicle specs and features online, but what you really need to do is check them out firsthand. When you take a vehicle out for a test drive, pay close attention to whether you can get in and out with ease, adjust the seat to your liking, reach key controls without straining, and operate tech features without too much confusion. And of course, you'll want to make sure the vehicle can accommodate the size and shape of your body without any discomfort.   

How's the driving experience?

There's nothing like getting a feel for a vehicle out on the road. As you're testing how the Subaru of your choice stops, accelerates, and steers, consider your overall driving experience as well. Note whether the ride height gives you enough visibility and whether blind spots keep you from changing lanes, turning, or parking safely. If you're test-driving a larger or smaller vehicle than you're used to, make sure you can adjust comfortably to the change in size.
There's no time like the present to schedule a Subaru test drive! Contact our team at Fox Subaru and we'll set you up with an appointment.

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