Car-buying is a momentous occasion in the life of a person, especially so for us Indians, who consider the family car to be an extension of our homes and hearth. Our cars are our pride, honour, and in some cases, the symbols of our status too.
A car that suits our needs perfectly is vital to our quality of life. We spend so much time driving, that it becomes extremely important that the car we buy fits in with our needs and driving style.
It becomes imperative, then, that we gather all our resources, and our wits, about us, when we make that important decision of choosing the car that is in perfect sync with our needs, desires and yes, aspirations. This is where the all-important test drive comes into the picture.
In today’s age, the car market abounds with a huge number of motor companies and innumerable car models in myriad variants. Add to that, the cacophony of in-your-face advertising campaigns, all of which scream the various advantages of the cars they espouse. In such a scenario, it becomes a herculean task for car buyers to zero in on the car that is just right for them.
Since buying a car is a big ticket investment, it is important that consumers get it right at the first go itself. If a pair of shoes you bought isn’t the right fit for you, you can get it exchanged, but there’s no exchange policy for a car if you buy one that is simply not right for you. Point made.
Many car buyers reason that reading up innumerable consumer reports, specs, features, pros, cons and first-person reviews of various cars over the internet is enough for them to make a decision. They are dead wrong. One can only gauge the power of the acceleration, the comfort and safety features, the feel and noise level of the car, the smoothness and jerk-level, by taking the car for a spin; never just by reading up on it, never ever.
When you test drive a car, you are able to grasp the nuances of driving it- whether you are comfortable, does the seat adjust to fit your particular frame, are the controls anthropometrically convenient- that is placed such that you can operate them without taking your eyes off the road, is the steering at a convenient height and angle for you to drive without getting a crick in your elbow, can you get in and out without hitting your head, is there enough leg-room, both at the front and at the back seats of the car- there are so many factors that become clearer only when you test-drive the cars you have short-listed.
Do all your research on the type of car and features you want, and narrow your list down to a select choice of cars. Then, head out to the car dealership, because when it comes to making the final choice, a test drive is a must. Don’t be shy of taking multiple cars out for test drives, even if you’re subjected to cold vibes or feel pressurized by the freezing looks of the salesperson. A good sales executive will never ever hurry you through the process of selecting your preferred car.
Take your time, understand the features the car delivers as against what you’re looking for, take the car for a test drive on diverse roads, get the feel of the car, and only then, make your decision.
So, now that you know the importance of a test drive, why not book one now. We, at ShivamAutozone, ensure that customers feel eminently comfortable with us when they come over to buy their new car. Request umpteen test drives on any or all of the Maruti Suzuki vehicles of your choice.