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Buying a Car Online

There are two ways to approach online car dealership shopping:

  • Direct online sales.

Direct from Dealer

Several dealerships now have online sales departments. The entire purpose of these teams is to sell cars to their website visitors.

To take advantage of this service, simply ask the dealership for a quote on the car you are interested in buying directly from their website. The dealership will e-mail you back with its offer. Some dealership websites even offer live chats with online salespeople.

You can also ask for the dealership to list out all the fees so you can get an exact sense of the total cost of the car. Go through this process with multiple dealers and you will be able to see who offers the best price without ever leaving your home.

Dealership Aggregators

Most of the big name online car marketplaces are considered dealership aggregators. Dealerships throughout the country use such sites to list their inventory.

Through these sites—such as autotrader.com —you can search for the car you want and find several results within your vicinity, or even throughout the country. With so many results at your disposal, comparing prices can be exceptionally easy.

Cons of Buying Online

Shopping online for the best deal on a new car and reducing your time at the dealership sounds ideal for most people. However, there are some instances when buying a car online can be more complicated. Here are some pitfalls to avoid:

  • Out-of-state dealerships. Buying a car out-of-state isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you should keep in mind that the car registration and titling process can be more complicated than if you were buying in your home state.
  • No test-driving. If the dealer with the best online price is too far for a trip, are you comfortable taking the risk of never having driven the car?