Can you save money buying a car online?

by Emily A. Davey

Buying a car online can be a bit nerve-wracking, whether you're using a specialist seller or an auction site such as eBay. However, if you follow this simple advice you'll have less to worry about. Probably the most important thing to do if you want to avoid rogue traders is to check the seller's background thoroughly - see how many cars they've sold, and if possible, obtain feedback from previous customers so that you know the seller is genuine.

But you can almost certainly save money. Which? Found that of fourteen popular cars, ten of them were available for 5,000 - 1,000 less than their showroom prices if bought online. It is even sometimes possible to transfer that saving to a dealer if they have a price match promise, that way you can view a deal online and have your local franchised dealer match that price.

When buying online you must check out the cars statistics very thoroughly. Make sure it is the exact model you want and not an import car which may decrease in value in the future. To make sure you are paying the right price for your car look up prices on Which?, Autotrader, or look at completed listing on eBay for similar makes and models.

You can even use online prices to decrease the cost of buying a car in a showroom, if the company has a price-match promise you can bring in a quote from an online trader and get them to meet that deal. Therefore you can look for a good deal online and not be forced to follow through if you are just too nervous about buying without seeing the physical car.

As you can see there are significant advantages to buying online, the price and huge range of choice being the most noteworthy. With online purchases it is easy to browse hundreds of makes and models and cross-compare them to make sure you have the perfect car for you.

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