How old do you have to be to test drive a car?

Many teenagers wonder if they will be turned down if they request to take a vehicle for a test drive at a car dealership. There are some requirements for test driving a vehicle, but you also have to respect the decision of the dealership to accept or deny your request. So how old do you have to be to test drive a car?

The legal requirement

In order to test drive a vehicle at a dealership, you first need to legally be able to drive. This means that you will have to have a license to drive a vehicle in your state. Most states have the age requirement of 16 years to receive a driver’s license. 

Although you can get a driver’s license at 16 in most states, you will not have a full provisional license. This may be a factor that the dealership you go to will consider as you have not had a license to have unrestricted driving rights.

Can a dealership deny you?

Even though you are 16 years of age and have acquired a driving license, this does not mean that you will automatically be able to test drive a vehicle. The dealership has the final word on whether or not they will allow you to test drive a vehicle. The vehicles on the lot are their property and can refuse to let you drive the vehicle due to your young age. Most dealerships will allow you to test drive a vehicle if you are at least 18 years old.

How can you test drive a car at 16

Have a parent or guardian with you: If you have just received your driver’s license and you would like to test drive a vehicle, you can most likely do it if you are with a parent or guardian. This gives the dealership trust that you are there for business and not to mess around.

Research before you go: If you speak with a salesman as you know what you are talking about, this will also give him a reason to trust you. If you just show up and say you want to drive a car just to drive it they will most likely turn you down.

Have the intent to buy: The whole reason test drives are made available to customers is to allow them to make a final decision based on the performance of the vehicle. If you show up to a dealership only to drive around and have fun, you are there for the wrong reason and will most likely be turned down.

Come Test Drive at Dorazio Ford

If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, we will be happy to help you finalize your decision on your purchase. Come test drive a vehicle at Dorazio Ford to find the vehicle that is right for you.