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Be Prepared: Getting Ready For Online Auto Shopping

Aug 18, 2007
Any boy scout can tell you the key to success in a venture is to be prepared. Nowhere is that more important than entering the world of online auto shopping. Free from the pressures of salesmen and conventional business hours, shopping for a vehicle online has become a top attraction in the world of auto sales. Whether using the internet for research or purchasing, some preparation will help you have a smooth ride as you surf for the perfect vehicle.

Find Your Site

When looking for auto reviews and recommendations, some sites are more reputable than others. Check out the webpage you are looking at and make sure it is from an accredited or reputable source, not just a page put up by some guy with a grudge against Chrysler over his Reliant K issues. Many car researchers and magazines have review websites connected to their publication and national reputation. Caranddriver.com, Edmunds.com, and Motortrend.com are just a few of the well known sites for information and review. If the site is an obscure webpage no one's ever heard of that offers incredible financing or seemingly perfect transactions for any situation, do some more investigating. Scam sites can do everything from collect personal information that results in identity theft, to hike up prices and "special fees" on cars and loans.

Know Your Stats

Nothing is more frustrating that expending time falling in love with the perfect car, spending an hour choosing accessories, filling out web forms, taking a deep breath and clicking the submit button only to find out three minutes later that you don't qualify for the financing or your credit score is going to hike the down payment up an extra thousand. The computer is not your enemy, but your friend in this instance. Check your credit rating, download banking information and payment history, and use online calculators to determine the best type and amount of loan for you. Knowing the extent of your financial capability will keep you on the right track for your purchase.

Check Availability

One option an increasing number of car dealers are adding to their sites are location buttons or indicators as to whether a particular make, model, or color of car is available at a specific location or what the delivery/wait time will be like. Niche cars like Mini Coopers or Hummers don't always have a dealership around non-metropolitan areas and may require an extra fee to be delivered, if they can be secured at all. Be sure to check your dealer's location tab before you buy a car you'll need to drive 150 miles to pick up and have serviced.

Buying a car online is often a money saving, time efficient way to procure an automobile. It can also be a lot of fun to compare and dream about the next vehicle to grace your driveway. It's important to remember, before you grab a snack and pull the keyboard close, that you are making a major purchase that will affect your life, livelihood, safety and family. Take the time to prepare yourself to make a wise decision and the process will be as easy as a Sunday drive.
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