From eCommerce websites like Amazon that allow you to buy goods straight from the internet to the use of a pizza emoji to place an order at your local Domino’s, technology has a large impact on the way that we shop. When it comes to how you shop for a car, the internet can be a great tool to help you during the car buying process.
With so many dealerships in the Twin Cities, the car buying process can seem never ending if you start your journey by visiting different dealerships without really knowing what you want. Thankfully, the internet can help you to do more than just look at pictures of vehicles.
Take a look at these 5 ways starting your vehicle search online saves you time at the dealership:
1. Browse Consumer Reports
One way to make sure that you’re buying a well built make and model is to look up what other vehicle owners have to say. This is a great way to move past the advertisements and get real-life reviews from people that have purchased the exact vehicles your interested in. Consumer Reports contains reports on most vehicles that are on the market. These reports even alert you of current and past recalls to be aware of.
This can be extremely beneficial when looking at an older model or used vehicle, as you can be made aware of any pre-existing issues the vehicle may have.
2. Explore a Dealership's Current Inventory
Instead of spending time driving around town visiting multiple dealerships to see if they have the vehicle(s) you're interested in, you can simply browse dealership inventory online. By looking at different dealership websites, you can see their current inventory and what they have in stock.
Some dealerships also use third-party websites like cars.com, CarGurus, CarSoup.com, etc. to promote the vehicles they have in stock. By visiting these websites, you'll be able to search for specific makes and models of vehicles and see what dealerships in your area have them in stock.
3. All of the car’s features are right at your fingertips
The automotive industry is no stranger to advances in technology. Whether you're looking for a car with a GPS, Bluetooth, a rear view camera, heated seats, or more, there's a good chance you'll have plenty of vehicle options to choose from.
If these options are important to you, most dealership websites allow you to view and compare all of the features that are included with each of their cars.
4. You have access to customer reviews of the dealership
Although the referrals from a friend or family member are common in the auto industry, reaching out for a 3rd-party opinion is also an easy option. Customers that have very little or nothing to gain from leaving a review is another way to receive a trustworthy opinion on a car or a dealership.
5. Some dealerships offer online chat to answer your questions
Online chat is another innovation that has revolutionized the car shopping process online. Do you have a question? Would you like to check if a specific car is available but you don’t want to call or drive to the dealership? Great, you don't have to. Online chat allows you to ask any question and get a reply in a timely manner.