The typical car-buying process involves visiting a dealership, looking at the vehicles available, and then working with a salesperson to purchase the car or truck you want. However, these days, there's an increase in the number of dealership and vehicle listing websites selling cars directly to consumers online. While this can be a convenient way to purchase a vehicle, here are two things you should beware of when using this option.
No Hands-On Evaluation
One of the biggest drawbacks to purchasing a vehicle online is you typically won't see it in person until you buy it and it's delivered to you directly or you pick it up from the dealership. While it may not be a big deal purchasing clothes or beauty products without first seeing them, it's probably not a good idea to buy a vehicle you'll be driving for several years this way.
Many dealerships are getting around this by providing 360 degree video views of the vehicle, so this is one way to determine if the car or truck has flaws you should be aware of. Still, though, it's probably best to only purchase a new vehicle without test driving it first (less chance of getting a lemon). Even then, you may go ahead and visit a dealership to test drive a similar make and model vehicle to ensure you like the interior and the way it handles on the road.
Chance of Buying Out of State
Buying a vehicle online lets you comparison shop cars and trucks at multiple dealerships much easier than if you were to try to do in person. Additionally, many online salespeople will provide you with decent quotes so you don't have to haggle for the best price. Unfortunately, purchasing a vehicle online also makes it easier to accidentally buy a car or truck from dealership in another state.
This can be a little problematic for a couple of reasons. First, the vehicle's price typically includes taxes and registration for the state where the car or truck was sold. You may have to pay these fees again to register it in the state where you live. Second, it may be challenging to get the vehicle to your door step. Some companies will send the vehicle to you, but you may have to pay a delivery fee for this option; otherwise, you'll have to find a way to get to the dealership and drive the vehicle back home.
When shopping online, be careful to search for cars at dealerships in your state and/or determine what the delivery options are so there are no unpleasant surprises once it's time to get your vehicles.
For more information about buying a vehicle online, like a new Suburu WRX, or to do it the old fashioned way, contact a local dealership.