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Online Car Shopping: How-To

Online Car Shopping
Jon H
  • On November 22, 2013

Buying a new or used car can be stressful. This could be due to pushy car salesmen or the feeling of being rushed to buy, when you simply want to browse and take your time. Buying a new car is an investment, and should not make a hasty decision. For those wanting to take their time, there is good news: you can shop for cars, new and used, online. Below are a few things to consider when shopping for your next car.

Online Car Shopping

The Best Websites

When shopping online for a car, there are many websites you can use. Many of your local car dealers have a website with their up-to-date selections, and you can even shop directly from many manufactures to have your car designed with custom features, such as paint, interior, and add-ons. If you are looking for a used car, you can turn to popular sites such as CarMax or CarGurus.

Where To Find Accident Reports

If you are considering a used car, you’ll want to know the history of the car, including any accidents it has been in, and what kind of maintenance has been performed on it. While the previous owner may divulge some information, they may not remember it all, or they could be one of multiple owners. To find accident reports, you can go to sites like Carfax to obtain vehicle history report, or to your local DMV for any recent accidents a car has been in. Keep in mind that the DMV may only keep records online for a limited time.

How To Find Independent Sellers

If you prefer to buy from an independent seller instead of a traditional dealer, there are many avenues you can explore. Independent dealers can be found online on eBay, Craigslist, and in local newspapers, most of which provide online access. This is ideal for collectors searching for rare and unique cars, and for buyers who are willing to travel, or arrange to have the car they want shipped to them.

Make Sure To Test-Drive

Once you have found a car or two that interest you, you’ll want to take the time to test-drive them before you make an offer. This ensures that you are comfortable with its internal features and the way it drives. While you can add features after the purchase, you want to ensure your car has all the basics right away. If you are considering buying a car outside of your local area, you may want to arrange to have an impartial party perform your test drive. If you are buying a used car, you can request for your mechanic to look the car over prior to buying it.

Take Your Time

Unless your budget is unlimited, you want to take your time when shopping for a car, whether online or in person. When you take your time, you will have more confidence in your purchase and in the quality of your vehicle. If you need a vehicle urgently, take at least enough time to research the history of your used car, and make sure you are aware of all of its features and functions.

By shopping online you will significantly reduce the pressure to buy, and the temptation to make an impulsive decision.

This article was provided by CJ Gordon, recent Computer Science graduate and car enthusiast. If you’re a car dealer or independent car seller who’s looking for the best way to suit the needs of your customers, CJ recommends usingĀ car dealer software from Car-Research XRM.