#TravelEssential: Test Driving Before Buying Your Next Car

Over the last few weeks I’ve been scouring Kijiji  looking for a new car. As you know, I’ve partnered with Kijiji to document my car-buying journey and share resources, tips and what I’ve learned when searching for the perfect vehicle. Before settling on the perfect car, I took a few other models narrowing down the features I like and maybe what I would pass on this time around. The vehicles that I took for a test drive ranged from those being sold through a dealership and by private owners. It was important for me to test a few different models to make sure that I made the right decision.

A few weeks ago, I took a hybrid (Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan) for a test drive. I really liked the storage capacity of a 4-door car, the fuel efficiency of a hybrid and the size of a small sedan to navigate around the city. The second car I tested was the Honda Civic; one of the most searched for cars on Kijiji. Although this car is popular, it wasn’t quite the right fit for me, given the sheer number of them on the road in Toronto, if I ended up getting this car I would have likely lost it in a parking lot or two over the years.

After taking a few different models that I was interested in for a spin, I am happy to announce that I’ve found the perfect car for me, a 2017 Chevrolet Spark LT. I was surprised with how many great vehicles I was able to find on Kijiji. In the last 12 months, there have been more than 2.5M vehicles listed on the Kijiji autos section from model years 2013 and onwards. I chose this compact car because of it’s design for downtown living. It is small enough to fit into even the tightest of city parking spots and allows me to parallel park with ease, but built like a sedan that can endure those long trips as well for when I’m on the road for work.

Details included in various listings I reviewed on Kijiji pointed me in the right direction to find a great car and an even better deal. The dealer I ended up buying from has been a trusted user on Kijiji since February 2011.. My Chevrolet Spark LT has only 16,151 km on it and is fully equipped with OnStar Navigation and hands-free calling. All excellent safety features to keep me organized while on the road while remaining focused on my driving. This time around, a hybrid vehicle didn’t end up being right fit, but this little car is extremely fuel efficient as it on average costs $30.00 to fuel up.

I can’t wait to take my new car on an adventure and share the journey with you. Take a peak on Instagram + check back here to see how much I love my new car after my upcoming winter road trip!

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Are you starting your car search? Once you’ve narrowed down the list of your favourite car models, it’s time to take the cars for a test drive. Just like you wouldn’t buy a new pair of jeans without trying them on, it is important to take the car for a drive before you buy it. To help you during your car buying journey, car experts and YouTubers,The Straight Pipes partnered with Kijiji to share their tips for buying a car, including what you should look out for when taking your future car for a test drive on Kijiji Central.


For additional tips and tricks to help you find your dream car, I recommend visiting Kijiji Central. They have helpful resources on the blog that can help you when looking for a new car, like 8 things to inspect when buying a used car or 7 tips on setting the right asking price for your vehicle.

This article was sponsored by Kijiji.

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