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Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around auto insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.

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UPDATED: Oct 1, 2020

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Let’s say you’re interested in test driving a beautiful car at a local dealership.

What do you require before they hand over the keys to you?

Let’s take a look.

1. Driver’s License

This is the primary requirement before stepping into a car and driving.

You need a driver’s license that’s valid.

If not, you won’t be able to go for a test drive.

2. Contact Information

You should provide all of your contact information as asked by the dealership.

The information they ask about will vary, but general questions should be expected.

This can include your name, address, and phone number.

3. Insurance Papers (Recommended)

Test Drive Requirements

This isn’t a mandatory requirement but is a good step to take for those who wish to expedite the process. Give insurance papers to your previous car (i.e. the one you drove to the lot) and hand them over to the associate.

It will let them know you are serious about getting the test drive and will validate your position.

If you don’t have one, don’t worry. Usually, the car dealership has special test drive insurance for you.

Related: Can Uninsured Drivers Test Drive Private Owner Vehicles? Get your answer.

4. Calm Demeanor

Now, this isn’t a tangible requirement but is just as important as everything else. Individuals who are pushy or appear fidgety will rarely be approved for test drives. It is all about risk aversion for car dealers, so remaining calm and paying attention is vital. It adds to your ability to sit in the car you wish to purchase and test out.

These are the main factors a person should consider before heading to a local car dealership. It will save time and ensure the test drive goes ahead as expected without any hitches along the way. Test drives are common, and with these requirements in place, it becomes easier for both parties to remain comfortable with the process and how it’s carried out in the long-run.