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!
It’s Only a Job for the Shipping Experts
Buying your car online is only step one. The second step? Shipping your vehicle to its new location! Need a one-stop solution to ship your car without the hassle? Since 2008, Ship A Car Direct has been loved by customers nationwide. We’re BBB accredited, 100% insured and bonded, and offer an Iron-Clad, Damage Free guarantee! Contact us today to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. 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.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.
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