Are you sitting comfortably?
If you can get into the car, then that’s a good start – it’s worth checking that doors open wide enough for you to comfortably get in and out. Make sure the same applies to the passenger doors, especially if you have elderly relatives or anyone else with mobility issues who’ll be using the car too. Doors should also be big enough to let you add and remove any child car seats you need – struggling with a bulky baby seat is the last thing you need to worry about.
Once you’re in the driving seat have a look around, can you see all the instruments on the dashboard, are the mirrors adjustable and can you alter the seat position and head rest? If you’re the main driver you need to feel comfortable and safe.
When you turn on the ignition, make sure everything works and that there are no funny noises such as clanking or rattling. Try the washers and wipers, the horn and any navigation and sound systems. Fancy car gadgets can be great fun but the novelty will soon disappear if you can’t get them working.
Check the ventilation works, is there air conditioning and more importantly, does it work? Because sitting in a traffic jam in 30 degrees is no one’s idea of fun.