test driveIf you appreciate the finer things in life and also have a penchant for heart-racing automotive performance, you deserve a fine European driving machine. Whether you buy new or pre-owned, a European vehicle offers the luxury you want with the performance you crave. But how do you know if a European car is right for you? This is why test driving is so important, as it allows you to “try on” a vehicle to make sure checks all the boxes. Here are some tips to help you test drive and find the perfect vehicle, such as bringing it to a European auto service shop in San Jose for a pre-purchase car inspection.

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Play with the Gadgets

When you step inside a new or late-model year used European car, your first reaction will probably one of tickled surprise thanks to all of the high-tech gadgets and features that typically set luxury performance imports apart from domestic cars and trucks. To allow yourself to focus on how the car performs, distract yourself with the gadgets while you are still parked. This is also safer than playing with a new navigation system or the sunroof while you are driving.

Give it Some Gas

If you’re buying a European car for the performance, make sure you get a taste of what the car can really do on the open road. You should of course obey all posted speed limits and follow all traffic laws, but don’t be afraid to push the car a little bit to determine whether the car’s performance capabilities are up to your standards (and desires) before you purchase it.

Get it Checked Out

This really only applies if you’re buying a used European car from a private seller or a shady dealership that you don’t fully trust. Ask the seller or salesperson if you can bring the car to a European auto service shop in Santa Clara for a pre-purchase car inspection. The shop will be able to tell you what condition the car is really in and how much (if any) repair work it will need. If a private seller or salesperson doesn’t agree to a pre-purchase car inspection, even if you insist on paying for it yourself, it’s probably wise to look at other vehicles.



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