Steps To Buying A Car Online

Young woman shopping online.Purchasing a vehicle online was once a concept reserved for life in a distant future. Well, that future is now. Although it might seem overwhelming at first, the online car buying process is not complicated. Our friends at Car and Driver created a handy list of 10 easy steps to follow to ensure your online car buying process is smooth and easy! The following is our summary of the article.  

Set A Budget

When shopping for a new vehicle, review your finances, and set a budget as a first step. Take a look at your monthly income and bills to determine a price point that fits your budget. Several online tools can help you set a budget you can afford.  

Apply for a Loan

Start the application process early, so you know exactly where you stand and then focus your search on the vehicles that match your specific needs and budget. 

Start Your Research

Now, the fun part. The process of researching your car can be an enjoyable experience that includes reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, and visiting the manufacturer’s websites. Decide on the features and amenities you require, make a list of cars that fit those needs, and start checking boxes. 

Take Your Research Offline

It’s always a good idea to spend time offline with your research. Get out and get eyeballs on the vehicles on your list.  

Visit the Sales Manager Virtually!

Continue researching your options with a virtual visit to the Sales Manager at your local dealership. This meeting can take place via email, online chat, zoom, or phone. Attend this virtual meeting with the same goals you would have for an in-person meeting. 

Narrow It Down!

Your list should be getting shorter and shorter. When you narrow it to one, visit several dealers online, and see who can give you the best deal. Talk to the internet sales team. Are there discounts or incentives available for the model that isn’t listed? 

Test Drive!

Now, the REALLY fun part! The test drive. Choose to continue the process online by having the vehicle delivered to your door or scheduling a test drive at the dealership. Whichever you choose, make sure you have your research, questions, and loan requirements handy at your appointment

Trade-In Your Vehicle

Once you’ve settled on a model, it’s time to value your trade. Contact the dealership’s Sales Manager, or visit their website and choose the “Value Your Trade” option, answer a few questions about your vehicle, and receive an offer within minutes. The process of valuing your trade is quick and painless. 


It’s time to negotiate a price on the car you’re interested in purchasing. The entire process can be done virtually by contacting the dealership’s Sales Manager. When an offer is presented, be sure you fully understand the terms of the contract and everything tied into the price. Always ask the sales manager for a full price quote. Read over your agreement carefully and then negotiate a price that you’re comfortable paying.   

Getting Your Keys

Congratulations! You just bought a car online. Now is the time to schedule a pick-up or delivery of your new vehicle. That’s it. It’s that easy. 

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