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Buying your car online

Buying your car online

Posted On 07 Sep, 2016

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Living in the digital age has revolutionised the world in which we live, work and play. And the used car market is no exception. Fifteen years ago, printed classified ads were the most common place to look for a used car, and dealerships no matter how big or small, was typically where most of us went to buy the car we wanted. But today, we look online, and in some cases, even buy online, sight unseen!

Since the emergence of online shopping, the car buying experience has evolved in favour of the buyer. It is easy access to a vast range of vehicle listings online, without leaving the house. There are a multitude of different automotive websites, offering used cars either directly from the private seller, from dealerships, car supermarkets, or from the manufacturers. You can even buy direct from a Car Rental company!

Online research allows you to make an informed decision on the type of vehicle you want to buy. Independent car review magazines, online forum groups and you tube video reviews are a great source of getting unbias opinions. You can even run vehicle comparisons and look into the ancillary products, eg warranty, finance, and insurance, without stepping foot outside your own home.

The internet is great for getting a global view of what can be an expensive purchase, without the hassle of dealing with the typical used car salesman! Of course, it is possible to conduct the entire pruchase online these days. And while this is a reasonable expectaion for a new car, when buying used, you need a strong level of trust in who you are buying from to feel confident you are getting a good deal and a good car!

So going to view the car and get a test drive is still the main way people buy used cars. In todays’ market the golden rule is to do your research online first and truly understand what type of car you need and want. Once you go to physically look at the vehicle, you will know what you are looking for, at what price and what type of ancillaries you need and are happy to pay. All the research will be highly useful when talking to the seller. And of course, don’t forget to take a good test drive. Key tips are to take the car onto a motorway so you can truly get the car up to speed and understand whether it handles it ok. Quite often, its at higher speeds that used cars show their true colours.

Hertz Rent2Buy offers you the best test drive, with no pressure from a salesman along for the ride. In fact, you can take your time to look into our hundreds of vehicles and reserve your 5 day test drive. You can also be confident that you are buying a car from a trusted brand. This will give you true peace of mind when making a large financial purchase.

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