Some Simple Tips to Help You Prep for a Test Drive

December 27th, 2012 by

The sales professionals at Middletown Honda have some simple tips for you when it comes to test driving a new vehicle you’re considering taking home. The test drive is an important part of the buying process, but sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the action. Here are some points to remember before you hit the road for a test spin.


There are an extraordinary variety of models with stellar features to choose from, but the key is finding the vehicle that works best for your lifestyle specifically. What you wish to use the vehicle for and how many people will be driving with you most of the time can make a big difference in your ultimate decision. Questions to help you narrow down your search include:

  • Business or pleasure?
  • Single driver or family vehicle?
  • Commuter car or something to go off-road?
  • Do you need to tow anything?
  • Two-wheel or all-wheel drive?

These prompts can help you to determine some of the basic attributes for your next vehicle. From there move on to more detailed aspects of the vehicle, such as:

  • What color for the exterior?
  • What interior features do you need?
  • What safety features are important to you?

Research on the Internet can help you to quickly understand what price range you’re working in, which will lead to nailing down your budget. The web can also assist you in finding any rebates or incentives for specific models you’re interested in.

Have a Seat

When you do schedule a test drive, take the time to slip behind the wheel of your favorite model on the showroom floor beforehand. After you’ve become giddy from that new car scent, pull out your checklist and ask yourself some important questions.

  • Does it feel like there’s enough room? Specifically hip, head, and legroom? Take the time to sit in the back seat, too.
  • While sitting in the driver’s seat, does the position seem comfortable? Can you tilt or telescope the wheel easily and not feel cramped?
  • Does the seat feel comfortable? Is it easy to adjust? Do you feel too high or too low?
  • When you adjust the mirrors, does visibility seem sufficient? How about when you look through the windshield and side windows?

Taking the time to ask these simple questions will help you to find the right vehicle fit quickly. You’re going to spend a lot of time in your new ride, so make sure it’s the right fit for you and passengers.

Come speak to the sales professionals at Middletown Honda, located at 520 Route 211 East in Middletown, NY to have any of your questions answered about the