Why You Shouldn’t Shop Virtual Used Car Dealerships

August 13th, 2014 by

When you are ready to buy a car, you may go online to research information about car models and prices. Websites help make the process a little easier when you are short on time (and we’re all short on time).

You may even be tempted to buy a car online through one of the many virtual used car dealerships. However, this would be a mistake. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t shop virtual dealerships but you should go to one in person instead:

Can’t Inspect the Car in Person

No matter how many amazing pictures are available online, they won’t tell you

as much about the car as seeing it in person would. By heading down to one of your local used car dealerships, you’ll be able to thoroughly inspect the car and take a test drive. The test drive will tell you a lot about how the car handles and whether it is a good fit for you.

Limited Financing Options

Virtual car dealerships do not have as many financing options as local used car dealerships. Local dealerships develop relationships with a wide variety of lenders to help you get the terms you need to afford the vehicle you want. Virtual dealerships typically offer their own financing or work with only a select few lenders.

No Guarantees

Any time you do business with a company online, you are taking a chance. The only way to reduce that risk is to work with a company with an established reputation. However, most virtual used car dealerships do not have such a reputation. Local used car dealerships have often been in business for years, and they have a solid base of local customers. For local dealerships, you can also check out local reviews and reports with agencies like the Better Business Bureau. Local dealerships are also more likely to offer certification on their vehicles and limited warranties.

Buying a car is a major purchase, even if you are getting a great deal on a used car. Make sure you have a good experience and get a great vehicle by shopping at local used car dealerships. Virtual dealerships may seem to offer the convenience you need, but they also come with too many other drawbacks. Stick to a trusted, local dealership that you know.