Tips for Test Driving a Used Honda

Tips for Test Driving a Used Honda

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One of, if not the most important, step in buying a used car is taking a test drive. Whether you're buying from a private party or us here at Pearson Honda, taking a thorough test drive is how you determine if a particular vehicle is right for you. To maximize your test drive, there are a few steps that you need to take before, during, and after your drive. When you're prepared, it saves you from wasting time on a car that's not right for your budget or needs. Below, we have compiled some tips for test driving your pre-owned Honda that will help you in your car buying experience. Once you are done, check out our entire used Honda inventory here on our website!

Before the Test Drive

Before you go and take your test drive, you need to make sure that the vehicle you're looking at fits your budget. Make sure that you talk to local lenders, such as credit unions or banks, or you can use an online service to apply for financing. We can also help you out here at Pearson Honda with any financing you might need. Once you get a loan for your used Honda, you will have a better idea of how much you can spend on the vehicle. Next, you are going to want to inspect the vehicle. Is it big enough to carry all of your stuff? Are there enough features for your liking? Keep in mind that test driving a car will take all of your senses, so make sure you have a checklist for everything you're looking for when buying a used Honda.

Inspect the Car

Before you get into the car and start it up, start by checking out the exterior of the Honda that you're interested in. Is the color to your liking? Do you like the body of the vehicle? You should also check out things you would not usually think of, including the windshield wipers and the windshield itself. Next, check out the interior of the Honda. Do the seats feel comfortable? Is the material to your liking? If you want heated or ventilated seats, make sure they are part of the package before purchasing the vehicle. Keep in mind that you don't want to buy a car that you're unhappy with as it will be with you for a long time.

Start Driving

When you first test drive the vehicle, you don't want to start pushing the pedal down right away to see how quickly it can get to 60 mph. Rather than speeding down the highway, start by driving down city streets at a nice and safe speed. It will give you a better understanding of how the vehicle steers and how the brakes work. It's always good to see how the vehicle functions before taking it on the freeway. Then, once you feel comfortable enough, you can start testing the vehicle at highway speeds. Are you satisfied with how the car handles on the highway? Are you enjoying how the air conditioner functions and the tech features? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before putting money down on a used Honda.

Ask More Questions

While it's been said many times before, it's always a good idea to have a few questions on hand before you buy a used car. When you ask questions about your used Honda, you better understand what the previous ownership was like and why it's being sold in the first place. Be sure to ask our experts about all the features of the vehicle and the power of the engine. These questions will give you a better understanding of the kind of vehicle you're purchasing and whether or not it will suit all of your needs.

Check out our used Honda Inventory at Pearson Honda

If you're in the market for the perfect pre-owned vehicle, you can always trust our experts here at Pearson Honda! Be sure to take a walk around our lot and if you find something you like, be sure to schedule a test drive with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team members, who will be more than happy to accompany you on the test drive so you can get the complete feel of the vehicle and all of its features. If you enjoy your test drive, then be sure to check out our finance department, where we will work with you towards a deal that will suit your budget. Even if you can't make it to the dealership right now, you can still view our entire used Honda inventory here on our website.

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