A growing number of auto industry commentators now claim you can successfully purchase a new car without ever doing a test drive. But, as is so true about so many things, just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should do it.
Yes, today’s cars are well-built, reliable, and backed by comprehensive warranties, so it is hard to go completely wrong if you fail to test drive the car you’re going to buy. But having been a road tester and car evaluator for more than 30 years, I can guarantee you that some cars are better than others. So while it is tempting to look at new cars as commodities, believing one example of a particular model is just like every other example, I can tell from experience that’s not true. To get the very best car for the money, take the time you need to give the vehicle you’re about to buy a good hard look. After all, you’re going to be driving it, looking at it, and paying for it for years. You might as well get the best one you can.