Online car buying offers a huge advantage over traditional in-person dealerships: it gets ride of the haggling and hassling component of pushy car salesmen so you can simply shop and purchase. But is the price worth the money spent? This article will share the pros and cons so you can get the best vehicle for the best price.
Pros and Cons of Online Car Dealerships
What are the pros and con on an exclusive online car buying experience? First, the online ‘salesperson’ isn’t a real person like you’d encounter at a traditional dealership. Because online dealerships are focused on selling a higher number of cars than a traditional lot, you will generally find vehicles priced lower, and often with ‘e-savings’ you can use for added savings. The biggest con to online car buying? You won’t get to test drive your car before buying (which is why it pays to do your homework) and you won’t get that customer service aspect of car buying.
Tips to Shop Smart Before You Buy
Don’t go into any dealership – whether it’s a traditional one or online – without being informed first. Here are some tips to make the car buying process a smooth transition from start to finish:
- Research the cars you’re interested in before you shop online. Test drive a few before going through the online dealership process. The more you know what you want, the easier you can find the exact car you need.
- Fill out the online contact form. This is a great way to speak to a live salesperson. When you’ve found the car you’re interested in on their website, fill out the contact form and you’ll be contacted by a knowledgeable professional who can answer all of your questions, and guide you through the online car buying experience.
If you know what you want to buy, it’s worth online shopping to find a great deal. If you’re still shopping around or unsure, head to a local dealership. Then, check out what online deals are available in your area!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.