Before you buy a car, you want to make sure you will be comfortable driving the car. Do not let yourself be distracted by the salesperson, who may have come along for the ride in the back seat. Make sure the car will actually be comfortable year-round – check the air conditioning and the heating systems. Don’t assume that something that is right now a minor problem won’t become a huge annoyance once you are driving this car on a daily basis.
You want to test the braking system by braking in several conditions, as well as testing the turning radius of the car. Make sure the car drives smoothly and you can easily see around the car – huge blind spots can make driving much less comfortable in the long run. Try parking the car, to make sure you will be able to do so easily and smoothly in your own parking spot at work or at home.
You might not test drive the car in traffic, but try to see how the car would be in traffic. Does it start and stop easily? Can you make both left and right turn tightly?
Being sure that the car will be comfortable for you all year round is an important consideration in a car. You are spending far too much money to settle for something which “you’ll get used to”, and you don’t want to end up regretting your purchase and wishing you’d bought something else.