Why Should You Test Drive Your Car?

February 8th, 2019 by

2019 Honda Civic DrivingYou’ve done your research; you know what you want. Do you really need to take a car on a test drive? Knowing is different from experiencing, and getting behind the wheel of the vehicle you’ve been reading about for weeks can help you discover important nuances that could change the way you feel. The next time you’re shopping for a new car in Union, consider these helpful test drive tips.

How to Test Drive a Car

Buying a new car is a big investment, so it’s important to be completely satisfied with your purchase. On paper, the model you’ve chosen may seem perfect, but a car is more than a list of specs. A car test drive allows you to experience how it drives and feels. While test driving, it’s important to focus on your overall comfort. Are the brakes too stiff? Is the cabin roomy enough? How cozy are the seats? You will be spending a lot of time in your car, so make sure it feels inviting.

Test Drive Tips

There are many things to keep an eye out for while you’re driving. First, be sure to make a list of all the exciting features you read about, including notable technology and safety features, and try them out in person. Next, be sure to:

  • Copy your commute – if you commonly take either highways or side streets for your daily drive through South Plainfield, be sure to include those roadways in your test drive
  • Settle in – pay attention to the ergonomics of the driver’s seat, noticing the seat padding, lumbar support, and adjustment settings
  • Explore the cabin – reach for the radio and play with the center console. Is there enough room for your belongings? Do you feel comfortable here?

How to Test Drive a Used Car

It’s extra important to understand how to test drive a used car. In addition to the recommendations above, you’ll also want to listen for any strange noises or vibrations while driving, as they could indicate hidden issues under the hood. You’ll also want to ask the sales team for a CarFax history report to ensure the car has never been in any serious accidents.

Test Drive a Honda Today!

The team at VIP Honda wants to ensure you make a smart, informed purchase, so schedule a test drive of your favorite new Honda today to feel confident about your decision.


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