It is often said that aside from your home, a car is the next priciest item to own. So, it’s no surprise that while many of us have enjoyed the perks of online shopping for years when it comes to food and clothing, we’ve favoured more traditional methods when buying a car.
Physical showrooms and forecourts have managed to retain popularity by providing peace of mind for such a big-ticket item. However, dealerships have had to up their game over the last 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What started out as a necessity to ensure a small number of car sales could still go ahead during the first UK national lockdown, has now turned into a complete automotive digital retail revolution with online car buying showing no signs of slowing down.
Benefits of online car buying:
- Enjoy a cuppa in the comfort of your own home while you browse for your perfect new car. Imaging is improving all the time, with many dealers also providing 360-degree videos of the cars or even a 1-2-1 virtual tour.
- There are some great deals to be had at the moment whether you are looking at new or used cars. Online-only buying sites have fewer overheads and other expenses, leading to extremely competitive pricing when compared to bigger named companies.
- While the cheapest option is to click and collect, some sites offer free doorstep delivery as an added incentive.
- Most companies offer a 7-14 day return policy if you are unhappy with the car – think of it as an extended test drive and a chance to really get to grips with your new ride, but it’s important that you understand the terms as there could be a mileage cap or other conditions.
While it’s no secret that the industry has suffered as a result of the pandemic, buying and selling figures are now soaring once again as restrictions slowly ease. So, are you ready for this new digital purchasing experience?
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