With the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be challenging to purchase a vehicle, which is why we are giving you the steps to buy a car online. By doing this, you don’t have to risk the health of you, your family and the salespeople working at the dealership.
Here are eight steps to finding the car you want online.
1. Set Your Budget
First, before you do anything else, you must set a budget based on your income and other bills you have to take care of. If you do this, you won’t have to worry about repossession.
2. Get Preapproved
Before you head to the dealer, you want to get preapproved financing. This will help you acquire the best deal because most dealers want to finance your new car and they will try to beat the price.
3. Pick a Car Model
Now comes the fun part, picking your new vehicle’s year, make, model, trim and extras. If you’re not sure what the average price for a vehicle is, check out KBB’s car’s value tool. You can also get the average price for a trade-in.
4. Research Car Deals
If you’re considering more than one model, watch for deals. This research ensures you get the best offer. If you only want one model then watch for the best deal in your area. You can take advantage of low-interest financing offers, cash rebates, or a subsidized lease deal.
5. Search Inventory
Search dealers inventory online. Check dealer’s sites that are near you. You can find the best deal checking multiple sites and getting more than one offer.
6. Talk to Sales Managers
Email, online chat and call auto department sales managers. They put more experienced salespeople online, because there is a higher chance you are going to purchase a vehicle compared to the person walking through the front door.
7. Schedule a Test Drive
Some people feel more comfortable purchasing a vehicle once they have taken it for a test drive. If you are one of these people, some dealers are now offering at-home test drives. So, you should be able to drive your daily commute.
8. Schedule Delivery or Pickup
In some cases, you may need to finish the sale at the dealer. However, some auto sales can be finalized online. Make sure you know what paperwork you need so you don’t run back and forth from the dealer to the bank. After the sale, either have the car delivered or pick it up.
Will You Buy a Car Online Right Now?
So, do you still feel like going to the dealer or would you rather stay in your pj’s on the couch with your laptop and get a new vehicle? Let us know how your car buying experience was after following these steps.