Tips for Buying a Car on the Internet
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In addition to being a source for research, the Internet can also facilitate the purchase of a car. There are two general ways one can buy a new car online, directly through a website or by being referred to a dealer. For used cars there are more choices, dominated by online classifieds, or buying from an online seller using widely known websites.
There are different types of websites you can use to initiate the process, including those run by the manufacturer the dealer or a third-party.
According to the founder of Dealer Internet Ups, one of the best referral sites is ZAG.com. Using this service Internet Sales Managers compete for your business by offering the lowest possible price upfront with absolutely no negotiation whatsoever. Zag is a transaction solution, not a shopping site. Dealer Internet Ups recommends you visit Zag only after you've decided on the Year, Make and Model of the vehicle you know you want to purchase. Zag gives dealers what they want; a high volume of pre-sold buyers while offering buyers what they want; guaranteed below market prices and the best automotive purchase experience available in the industry. Using Zag you'll have the best price guarantee sent directly from Zag before you even hear from the dealer and should the dealer not honor that price they are no longer able to participate in the Zag program.
While there can be some variance, generally, there are a few steps involved in the referral process:
With this method, you can buy a new car directly from a website that is not affiliated with an automaker or dealership. The price is set beforehand - no negotiation is required. The largest website that offers this service is CarsDirect. You still have to pick up your vehicle at a dealership, but all of the details are worked out before delivery. Through the direct method, you have different finance options that include using the website's banking partners and the manufacturer's finance arm.
If you are looking for that special car, it might not be in your local area. You can still place a bid or make an offer using eBay. You can usually arrange shipping and financing even for a remote purchase, and eBay offers purchase protection if something goes wrong. Be sure to do your homework however. Ask questions, and look up the Vehicle History Report to avoid surprises.
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