Buying a Car Online - Should I or Shouldn't I?
For those of you who have resisted getting connected
to the magical world of online services, being able
your next car without ever dealing with a snide
salesman or a frumpy finance counselor may have
you rushing to the computer store.
Online services have been a major time and cost
saver when it comes to sending electronic mail or
just transmitting information to offices and clients.
But more and more frequently these services are
being used to purchase any conceivable product,
from your favorite shirt at Land's End to a stuffed-crust
pizza from Pizza Hut. So
it was only a matter of time before automotive manufacturers
and their dealerships got into the act and began
peddling their wares over the Net.
manufacturer has a "website," where you'll
find a virtual showroom, with pictures of each vehicle,
complete specifications, available options and color
choices and sometimes comparable information about
its product and competitive vehicles. You'll also
see what kinds of specials the manufacturer is offering
on that car, learn some of the history of the manufacturer
and find out the nearest location where you can
take a test drive. Some will even schedule appointments
of the manufacturers, though, there are thousands
of other sites that pertain to purchasing a vehicle.
One site is called the "All Internet Shopping
Directory," which has a special automotive
section that includes not only where to look for
new cars, but also car rentals, leasing deals, car
maintenance and car care products, professional
shops and even tips on car buying.
choice is "Classifieds 2000," which allows
you to specify the exact criteria you're looking
for in a used car, and it will match it up with
those listing cars for sale and notify you everyday
of those matches. It's like reading the classifieds
section of every paper in the country. If you have
a vehicle to sell, you can list it with them free,
as well. Who says technology isn't wonderful!
you think you might need help in your purchasing
endeavor, one site you might want to check out Edmunds.coml, and you don't even need to be
on the web to get to the company, though you can
at Yahoo! Autos.
Tell theml what you're looking for specifically,
and it processes the request and matches it up with
one of its 1400 subscribing dealers. The dealer
then calls you with the lowest price possible on
the vehicle. It doesn't get much simpler.
Many automotive websites, like Road & Travel Magazine, offer is a guide to all the used cars a
dealer has on their lots, and includes a color photo
of each so you can see what you're getting.
automobiles have no stranglehold on the marketplace.
If you're interested in motorcycles, there are plenty
of websites covering this too. Motorcycle manufacturers
also have dedicated sites. Yamaha, Honda, Harley-Davidson
and Suzuki will give you all the information you
could want on each new touring, sport or cruiser
bike, along with information on scooters, dealer
locations and pricing.
you already have a vehicle, the Internet is great
for finding what's new in the industry, making contacts
with those who share your love for your vehicle/bike
or just seeing what's new in accessories, performance
upgrades, products and maintenance.
those of you who may have brushed this off as a
passing fad, think again. Get onboard because before
long, the car salesman may be a thing of the past.
With the Internet, it really is time to let your
fingers "do the walking."