How to: Test drive a new car

Test driving a car is one of the more abstract and subjective parts of the buying process. Many other questions are answered purely by numbers – how much a car costs to buy, how much it’ll cost to run, how much you’ll lose in depreciation and so on. Test driving, however, is the one and only time you’ll be able to gauge how a car ‘feels’ before you part with your hard-earned and actually have to live with the car.

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