Test drive checklist
For full details, read our guide to what to look for on a test drive. And, for safety, don't look at this list when you're driving. Pull over and tick things off only when you're parked.
Before you start
Decide where to drive.
Make sure you're insured.
Is the car comfy for you, and any children
to get in and out of?
Does the engine start first time?
Assess the car
Are the gears and clutch OK?
How does it steer?
Are the brakes good?
What it's like to drive
How does it handle and feel on the road?
What's the driving performance like?
Does it have good all-round visibility?
Are the noise levels acceptable?
Any person buying a used car should also seek their own independent advice
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Help and advice
Some relevant frequently asked questions
When does the 60 days start? When I register, purchase or when I check the first vehicle?
The 60 days start from the date of purchase of the AutoCheck.
Can you buy a check over the phone?
This service is an online service only, so we are unable to carry out a check over the phone.
When do I get my check?
You report appears as soon as you have successfully made your purchase. The results are instant.
How much does the data check insurance cost?
There is no extra charge for the data insurance, it is included in the cost of your check.