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The internet has changed a lot in our world, including how we buy and sell cars. In the past, we had to go down to a dealership or look in the classifieds ads in the newspaper. However, we can now browse the internet and check out hundreds of different sites or marketplaces to purchase cars from all over the world.

In fact, about two thirds of car shoppers actively look online at cars for sale.


However, buying a car online can be a little more tricky than simply walking down to the dealership and picking out the vehicle you want. With that in mind, this article is going to give you a couple of tips to consider if you buy a car online. The tips will help you make an informed decision and ensure you really get the car you are after.

Make Sure You Are Buying From a Reputable Source: The first thing you should do is find out which online car retailers are legitimate and which should be avoided. Plenty of the websites out there are completely legitimate, but there are some that can seem a little bit fishy. The best thing to do is simply do a little bit of searching yourself.

If you notice a site doesn’t quite seem legitimate or has prices that differ vastly from other options, you should generally be a little weary. Of course, the internet is also full of third party commentary and reviews of different car buying sites, so reading the experiences of others could help you find out which site to purchase your car from.

Be Sure To Visit the Car and Get it Inspected: While you can take someone’s word on the quality of their vehicle if you’d like, it is generally a better idea to actually go and visit the vehicle. Even if it is far away, you should still view it and make sure it really is what the ad is claiming. You should also do your best to be able to take it for a test drive.

In addition to viewing and test driving the vehicle, you should also look to get the car inspected. Issues with cars aren’t always visible, so taking them to a trustworthy and honest mechanic will give you a much better idea of the car’s quality.

Compare Prices and Do a Lot of Research: Of course, just like buying a car off the lot, you should do a lot of research when deciding the type of car you want. There are dozens of different choices you can make and what you ultimately go with will depend on your budget, your needs, your wants, the climate and more.

Some sites and listings will have different prices and each vehicle will have different options or features. As a result, you should be sure to perform a lot of research before deciding to spend thousands of dollars on a new vehicle to make sure you are getting what will work for you.

Make Sure the Car Will Get To You Safely: Once you have decided the source you want to buy from and have made your choice of the particular car you want, you will need to ensure it will get to you safely. While you can generally get a ride to pick up a car if it’s local, that isn’t a viable option if the car is located across the country.

In that case, you would likely need the assistance of an auto shipper. An auto shipper can easily and conveniently ship your vehicle across the country if need be. But you might be wondering “what’s the cost of shipping a car?”. Well, that will depend on a number of things such as the vehicle type, type of shipment needed, location and time of the year.

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Robert D. Cobb
Founder, Publisher and CEO of INSCMagazine. Works have appeared and featured in places such as Forbes, Huffington Post, ESPN and NBC Sports to name a few. Follow me on Twitter at @RobCobb_INSC, email me at [email protected]

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