Sometimes the new car you want just isn’t available at your nearby dealership. Fortunately, you’re no longer restricted to the choice of three vehicles or two colors that happen to be on your local dealer’s lot. Online auto purchasing opens up the entire country’s inventory of new and used cars to you, so you can find the exact combination of features, color and price that you’re looking for.
This is great news for those looking for rare or classic cars as well. But how do you handle that online purchase? And what do you do once you’ve found the perfect car, but it’s located a couple of thousand miles away? Keep reading for the answers to both questions!
Tips for Buying a New Car Online
If you feel a little nervous at first about buying a car you haven’t seen in person, that’s understandable. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to assess the vehicle you’re considering. Take a look at these tips to help you make a wise purchase online:
- Ask for a Carfax or similar report. These comprehensive and reliable third-party reports provide you with the auto’s complete history (including accident history) as well as its roadworthiness.
- Hire a mechanic to do an inspection. When you bring in your own expert to check the vehicle out, you gain more peace of mind than you’d have purchasing at your local dealership.
- Feel free to negotiate. Once you’ve reviewed the reports on your prospective vehicle, you have inside information that can help you bargain to get the best price.
How to Get Your New Car Home to You
You probably don’t want to spend the time and money to fly out to your new car’s location and drive it, possibly across many states, to get it back to your home. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Car transport companies stand ready to help get your new vehicle right to you.
If you’ve bought an exotic, vintage or otherwise very expensive car, you may want to invest in a covered transport vehicle to protect your vehicle. Covered transport may also be a good idea if you’re shipping in harsh winter weather. In most other cases, your new car should be just fine on an open car carrier, just like the ones you see delivering brand new cars to dealerships.
You may also save a little money if you choose an open car carrier that’s also transporting many other vehicles. Shipping this way may take a few days longer.
Your car shipping company can make all the arrangements for you, including picking the car up at its purchase point and delivering it to your city. They can also advise you on handling the insurance paperwork; don’t forget that you’ll also have to register your car in its new home state. The whole shipping process is typically seamless and smooth.
If you have any questions about how shipping your car can make it easy to buy a new car out of state, just give us a call. We’re happy to answer questions and to help get your New Year off to a great start with a new car.