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  • An act of driving a motor vehicle that one is considering buying, in order to determine its quality.
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    • Buying at auction might save you a few quid in the short term but unless you know what you're looking at you are probably better off scouring the classifieds and taking any car you're considering for a test drive before you part with cash.
    • Out on our test drive, in a 1.6 litre model (likely to be the bestseller), I was struck by its hushed refinement and strikingly good quality.
    • In a test drive on simulated ice, the system did not allow the driver to veer off-course and spin the car.


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  • (test-drive) [with object] Drive (a motor vehicle) to determine its qualities with a view to buying it.
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    • Weeks were also spent test-driving cars, including an undertaker's hearse, to ensure the best choice was made.
    • He might have saved himself some heartache if he had test-driven his current car, a BMW 645 convertible.
    • Eight-year-old Fionn Fitzgibbon from Dublin was delighted to be first to test-drive the racing car while other children stared wide-eyed waiting their turn.

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