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How to Test Drive a New Car

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Purchasing a new car is a good experience but sometimes they may be stressful. You should be very careful while selecting a new car. Every manufacturer of car provides a test drive in India, which gives some idea about car style, performance, comfort and other factors associated with the car and complete drive impression. But sometimes buyer feels uncomfortable to take a test drive of some unfamiliar car. This reason may keep the driver under pressure and cannot actually concentrate on the test drive of new cars in India. Especially, the first time car purchaser may face some trouble test driving a new car. Nothing can be done about it but there are some important tips that may help you in this matter. First of all you should be well prepared before you do any test drive. You should always know what you are searching for in a car. As purchasing a new car is not what usually does, so well prepared about the questions that you will be asked from car dealer. Make it sure that you are having a valid driving license with you before you drive a new car in India. Be careful when you drive. Try to take a slow drive and check all type of convenience, comfort and performance of the car.

A sales person or company staff will always escort the test drive. This is to check any risks of car theft or car accidents. The person will also explain with the car characteristics like comfort, technical detail and convenience features. The sale person sometimes provides pre-determined test drive ways like highway, city, hills, twisty roads and tariff. That will show the original picture about car performance other important features to the buyer. During the test drive, sales person use to take the wheel first providing you important details of new car and this is the time to concentrate on his driving, familiarize yourself with the car features like climate, control settings, seats and stereo controls. And this is also the best opportunity to explain all your doubts about the car, as when you take drive; you would have to focus on your driving skills rather asking questions.

It is always said to be exciting to drive a new car in India. You should not begin driving the car randomly; first familiarize yourself with necessary adjustments like comfort, seating and safety. Place the mirror, steering wheel to your level of comfort. You should drive carefully, concentrate on performance, braking, acceleration and ensure that there is clear visibility. Try to put extra attention to blind spots when backing or parking. You should be meticulous while taking a test drive of new car in India as this is time to detect any technical problems in the car. Once you are done with the test drive, do not just leave away. Check the vehicle for both interior and exterior. Examine legroom, rear seats and the boot space. Also check if the seats can be removed or reconfigured. Test the audio system, instrumentation and safety measures.

Megha Sharma is a prolific motoring journalist based in India. She has been working with leading auto publications including various internet blogs which focus on cars. She is also an expert in valuation of used cars in India and has 8 years experience in the field. She also has a passion for motor sports and successfully completed the grueling Raid-de-Himalaya in 2007. Currently she is working with, a leading auto classifieds website from India.

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Limit Pushing – Chrysler 300C Hemi 0-60 Test

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5.9 is the rated 0-60 on the 2005 300C, so we were pleased when we got six flat on the almost four year old car. The 300C: The 300C comes with a 5.7 L Hemi V8. At full power, the 300C creates 340 hp and 390 lbs of torque. This engine runs on four cylinders when less power is needed to reduce fuel consumption. Even with this energy saving mode, the 300C runs at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway. All 300Cs use a 5-speed automatic transmission and standard 18 inch chrome-clad alloy wheels. Heritage Edition: The Heritage Edition 300C comes with the 5.7 L Hemi engine and many of the SRT-8’s exterior modification, added chrome, special tires on 18 inch wheels, and smartbeam headlights. Special SRT Packages: In 2007 the SRT Design group created a package for non-SRT 300C’s that includes performance suspension, SRT 20 inch polished aluminum wheels, a high speed engine controller with revised tuning for 5.7 L HEMI that brings the power to 350 HP, high flow air cleaner system, and performance exhaust. The SRT-8: The SRT-8 version of the 300 includes a 6.1 L Hemi V8 which produces 425 hp. This engine produces 0-60 mph times of 5.1 seconds. The SRT-8 includes leather SRT-8 performance seats, 20 inch polished aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, and rear lip spoiler.

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