Behind the Wheel: Test Drive Tips for a New Ford or Dodge at Fitzgerald Auto Group

Nov 13, 2023 - 3 minute read

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Greetings, future Ford and Dodge drivers! So, you've set your sights on a new vehicle, and now it's time to hit the road for a test drive. At Fitzgerald Auto Group, we understand that the test drive is a pivotal part of your car-buying journey.

n this guide, we'll share some valuable tips to ensure you make the most out of your test drive experience, whether you're eyeing a sleek Ford or a powerful Dodge.

1. Schedule a Dedicated Time: Before you head to our dealership, schedule a dedicated time for your test drive. This ensures that you have ample time to explore the features, ask questions, and truly get a feel for the vehicle.

2. Research Beforehand: Familiarize yourself with the Ford or Dodge model you're interested in. Take note of key features, performance specifications, and any specific questions you may have. This knowledge will help you focus on the aspects that matter most during the test drive.

3. Bring Your Must-Haves: If you have specific items you always keep in your car, bring them along. This can include a child's car seat, a golf bag, or even your daily commute essentials. Testing how well the vehicle accommodates your lifestyle is an essential part of the process.

4. Evaluate Comfort and Ergonomics: Spend some time adjusting the driver's seat, steering wheel, and mirrors to find your optimal driving position. Pay attention to the comfort of the seats and assess the overall ergonomics of the interior.

5. Test Different Driving Conditions: Don't limit yourself to a quick spin around the block. If possible, test the vehicle in various driving conditions. This could include city streets, highways, and, if available, rougher terrains. Assess how the vehicle handles different scenarios.

6. Listen to the Engine: Pay attention to the sound of the engine. A smooth and quiet engine is generally a positive sign. Note any unusual noises or vibrations that may indicate issues.

7. Explore Technology Features: Test out the vehicle's technology features during your drive. Connect your smartphone to the infotainment system, experiment with the navigation, and explore the connectivity options. Ensure that the technology meets your expectations.

8. Check Visibility: Assess the visibility from the driver's seat. Check blind spots, rearview visibility, and the effectiveness of the mirrors. A clear line of sight is crucial for safe driving.

9. Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to ask our knowledgeable staff any questions that arise during your test drive. Whether it's about specific features, maintenance, or financing options, we're here to provide the information you need.

10. Take Your Time: The key to a successful test drive is taking your time. Rushing through the experience may cause you to overlook important details. Enjoy the drive, and make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your potential new Ford or Dodge.

A test drive is more than just a spin around the block; it's an opportunity to envision your life behind the wheel of a new Ford or Dodge. Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect vehicle at Fitzgerald Auto Group. Schedule your test drive today, and let the adventure begin!

Happy test driving, future Ford and Dodge enthusiasts!

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