The Importance of Test Driving Your Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen

Whether you have your eye on a new or used sedan, crossover, coupe, truck, or SUV from our inventory of Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Volkswagen vehicles in Columbus, it is extremely important that you take a test drive before walking away with a new lease or loan. This step in the car buying process is essential and important in helping you narrow down which model is right for you while ensuring you feel completely comfortable, capable, and happy behind the wheel.

Becoming Familiar w/ the Features & Accessories and Test for Comfort

The test drive truly begins before you even start the vehicle. As you sit inside, take a moment to become familiar with the features and accessories offered. Turn the key or set the start button to the accessory position to ensure the dash warning lights illuminate. This is especially important to check on a pre-owned vehicle where a simple bulb may have burned out or there may be deeper issues with the functioning that you may need to have checked.

This is also a good time to spend a few minutes making sure you and your passengers will be comfortable. Check if all of the seats are comfortable, easy to adjust, and if the seat controls are ergonomic to your body. It is also important to make sure that you as the driver will have enough visibility and legroom to be comfortable and confident on the roads. Don't forget to inspect the cargo space with your typical storage needs in mind.

What to Pay Attention to After Starting Up the Engine on a Used Car, Truck, or SUV

There are a number of steps to test driving that become increasingly important with pre-owned vehicles as you likely want to ensure that you will not end up with major issues down the road. Upon starting the engine, pay attention to any unusual noises you may hear. This could include tapping, ticking, knocking, or squealing. Take a moment to inspect the instrument panel to may sure that all of the warning lights turn off as the engine gets going.

Make sure to test out the heating and air-conditioning elements thoroughly and turn the windshield wipers on and test them at every speed. Turn the steering wheel to ensure it does not bind or stick and pump the brake pedal a few times to make sure it feels firm and not spongy or squishy.

Check that the parking brake is in good order by applying the parking brake and shifting into gear. It should hold the vehicle from moving. It is also important to pay attention to any clunking noises when shifting into gears as these could indicate an issue with a number of components.

If you are unsure about how to go about inspecting a pre-owned vehicle for quality, stick with certified vehicles from our inventory. These have undergone rigorous inspections and warranty coverage to bring greater peace of mind.

What You Should Do During a Test Drive

After this initial inspection, you are ready to take the vehicle for a drive. If you are testing a model with an automatic transmission, make sure it fully engages and shifts through each gear smoothly, firmly, and quickly. If the transmission is manual, check that there is no grinding or groaning coming from the transmission as you select gears.

Ensure the steering wheel stays centered as you begin driving straight and that it does not shake or vibrate at any speeds. You can easily determine if this vehicle pulls to the left or right by safely removing your hands from the wheel momentarily on a flat surface. If it pulls either way it may indicate some alignment or tire issues.

Make sure to take the vehicle on a bumpy or uneven road to see how it fares (a speed bump should work just fine). See how the vehicle responds to rougher terrain and if there are any rattles or strange noises that occur. If you plan on purchasing an SUV for some off-road adventures, it is important that you feel confident about the vehicle's capabilities on various types of terrain!

Remember to take your time during a test drive. The members of our sales team in Columbus are patient and ready to assist you as you navigate each step of the process to make sure you get a full and complete feel for the vehicle you are testing.

Keep Your Preferences in Mind During a Test Drive

Ultimately, many of the new and certified pre-owned vehicles on our lot will function well and pass these various tests. Don't overlook your preferences and whether or not you truly enjoy driving the vehicle!

Come to our dealership prepared with a checklist of important priorities for your driving needs to help you efficiently narrow down your choices. Some drivers are looking for an effortlessly smooth, luxurious ride with all the bells and whistles to make every drive more comfortable and convenient. Others may care more that the vehicle offers a sporty look, thrilling performance, and diverse driving capabilities. Every driver is different and it all comes down to what you specifically are looking for in your next ride!

Schedule a Test Drive at our Porsche, Audi, Subaru, & Volkswagen Dealership

Now that you understand the importance of test driving a vehicle before making your final decision, reach out to our Columbus, OH dealership to schedule your test drive for a new or used Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen model. You can also discuss your options with us beforehand via phone to ask specific questions about different models and narrow down which ones you would like to test out.


Whether you are buying or leasing, a test drive will help you drive away more confident with your ultimate decision and happy with the investment you have made. We look forward to giving you a better luxury car shopping experience in a friendly and professional atmosphere!

Discover Benefits of Choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Vehicle

Have you been browsing our inventory of stunning new luxury Porsche, Audi, or Volkswagen vehicles that are just a bit out of your price range? Maybe you are simply searching for an incredible bargain on a used Subaru or another vehicle you can trust. Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle offers a great solution for those in either camp. Discover more about our CPO inventory and the benefits of going this route for your next car, truck or SUV purchase!

What Exactly Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

Certified pre-owned cars are gently used vehicles sold by dealerships like ours in Columbus that come in with limited age and miles and have undergone a thorough inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they are a high-quality option for buyers. Some dealerships will try to sell you an overpriced dealer certified vehicle that isn't actually backed by the cars' manufacturer. Our certified vehicles are backed by Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Volkswagen, so you know you are getting a good deal!

These manufacturer certified cars undergo some sort of standardized inspection process to make sure the vehicle meets the criteria to achieve CPO status. They will typically offer an extension of the factory warranty term and oftentimes will include roadside assistance and other features to incentivize buyers.

Who Might Consider Choosing a Certified Used Vehicle?

How will you know if you are the right candidate for a certified used vehicle?

That's easy. Everyone should consider buying one!

These vehicles are especially sought out by buyers on a budget looking to get a little more bang for their buck. For instance, you could buy a brand new vehicle at the top of your price range that doesn't include many add-ons, or you could opt for a slightly older version with every amenity you could desire at the same price!

If you are the kind of person who always saves for emergencies and likes to ensure you will be safe and secure in every situation, you will likely want to choose a certified option over a used car. This will help buffer the apprehension you may feel about concerns for reliability and warranty coverage on your average pre-owned car.

There is one situation that the automotive world agrees is right for choosing CPO, and that is when you are shopping for a luxury car. These tend to have higher running costs and a certified stamp could help filter out the luxury models that do not meet high standards while offering a warranty buffer zone against extensive repairs. You still should not spend a dramatic amount more on a certified luxury car than a used luxury car, but it will likely be worth it to properly invest to get ahold of the additional coverage and rigorous inspection process.

Porsche CPO Program

Porsche offers an excellent program that covers its vehicles with a bumper-to-bumper warranty for up to 6 years and unlimited mileage from the original sale date (provided they are under warranty at the time of purchase). If the car is not covered by the original warranty, the Porsche CPO program offers 2 years with unlimited miles of coverage. This program requires no deductible and will be fully transferable to future owners should you wish to sell or transfer ownership.

Audi CPO Program

The Audi CPO program extends coverage by 1 year and unlimited miles past the expiration of the original new car warranty. Audi certified vehicles come with extremely thorough 300+ point inspections from the headlights to the engine, through to the electrical and safety systems. The program conveniently avoids deductibles and transfer fees. You may also be able to find special financing rates when you opt for a certified used Audi.

Volkswagen CPO Program

The certified program from Volkswagen adds 2 years of 24,000 miles of coverage beyond their standard bumper-to-bumper warranty. Their warranty coverage is model specific, so be sure to pay attention to the specifics. Other benefits include a 100+ point inspection, a 3-month all-access trial of SiriusXM radio, 24-hour roadside assistance, and a free Carfax vehicle history report. Their program does require a deductible fee, so keep that in mind.

Subaru CPO Program

Subaru offers a CPO program that boasts powertrain coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. Bumper-to-bumper warranty can be added for a fee to provide additional coverage. Their program does not require a deductible and is fully transferable. Something to remember about Subaru vehicles and choosing a pre-owned option is that 97% of their vehicles sold in the last decade are still on the road today. They are known for their reliability!

Ready to Begin Shopping for Your Next Certified Car, Truck, or SUV?

Now that you have a better understanding of the benefits of a certified pre-owned car and the differences in the programs for Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru, you can begin shopping! If you want a vehicle with low-mileage at a lower price that comes with greater peace of mind, then going the CPO route is your best bet!

About the Certified Inventory at Byers Imports in Columbus, OH

Byers Imports offers an extensive inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles from Audi, Porsche Subaru, and Volkswagen. Many of the vehicles in our inventory are luxury options that include the latest bells and whistles for the driver desiring a more premium look and feel. The inventory also includes reliable vehicles for incredible bargains, many of these coming in below $20k! Oftentimes the CPO vehicles we receive are local trade-ins from our Imports dealership that have been fully inspected and serviced by our highly-trained Certified Technicians.


Head to our dealership in Columbus, call our Sales Department at 614-441-9011, or fill out this online contact form for assistance setting up a test drive and applying for credit. We look forward to helping you find the right certified used vehicle for your lifestyle and answering any other questions you may have about the different programs offered by the manufacturers.