Get the Best Deal For a New Car by Shopping Online

Why drive around from town to town, wasting time and energy, when you can do your new car shopping online? New car pricing, specifications, details, information, photos, and much more is easily accessible on a great number of new car shopping portals. In the old days, new car dealers had the edge over the consumer, and most car buyers were limited to a small shopping region. Fortunately, the market is much bigger today with accurate information at hand. Car buying tips are available that give car buyers a huge advantage and help them get a great new car deal.

Before the worldwide web, most new car buyers were at the mercy of the local car dealership. Terms such as reserve, invoice price, dealer holdback, dealership incentives, or even dealer cost were rarely part of a car buyer’s vocabulary. Most people were only able to learn which options were available on the vehicle they wanted, the MSRP of the new car, and the price the dealership was offering it in the local newspapers. And even worse, unless they were willing to drive several miles and call dealerships in other cities, they may never know the new car they were seeking was offered with more options, a lower price, or even better incentives by a larger, or more “productive” car dealership.

Car shopping is much better now, online. Research is easy to do first from home. Instead of showing up unprepared, they can go to the car dealer with an arsenal of information. Regional dealership inventories, national and local incentives and rebates, real dealer invoice pricing, auto financing terms, and much more is available online. All it takes is a few minutes and some clicking around on new car sites.

So, what should you do to make sure you get the lowest price for a new car? How do you make sure you get the exact vehicle you want with the perfect options? How do you ensure you are getting the best possible car deal? Follow these simple steps:

Visit a lot of manufacturer sites and sites such as MotorTrend.com and ConsumerReports.com to research features, safety ratings, options, operational and maintenance costs, and much more. Make sure you are settling on a new car that fits you perfectly. You don’t want to buy a car, take it home, and then find out there is another vehicle out there with a better set of features for you. Do your research.

Second, make sure you know the right price. Never visit a car dealer without this information. TrueCar.com and KellyBlueBook.com will help you learn the right pricing for every new car sold in your area.

Third, locate the right car at the right place, and get the lowest new car price. Several websites provide services to locate the vehicle and negotiate the price on your behalf.

Now that you know who has the right car for you and the right price to accept, you are ready to visit the dealership. Visit the dealership, take the car for a spin, and tell the salesman you are ready to make an offer on the vehicle. Get the best offer you can. Then, leave.

The first time you go to the car dealership is NEVER the right time to buy. One of the greatest pieces of advice, when shopping for a new car, is this. Once the salesperson and their manager understand you are ready to take delivery of the new car, exercising your right to go home will be your greatest weapon. New car dealers always call you with better deals. So, making them fester a bit will make sure you get the perfect new vehicle at the best price. Congratulations, you win!

Finding Used Cars

Are you searching for used cars? Then I am here to make the search easier for you. Finding used cars is not so difficult. It might be difficult to find good used cars at local dealers but it is not on the internet. You can find a good used car on the internet with 5-6 days without even leaving your home.

You can begin searching used cars on the auction sites. Do you know that auction sites are the best place to find used things? Whether you need a used ring or a used car, you can find them at the cheapest rates on internet, specifically on auction sites.

I myself once found a great used car on the internet. Internet is a very vast portal to buy and sell things easily. If you are searching on the internet, the best benefit you get is that you have very diverse options to choose from.

Most of the cars that are available online have photos and videos with them, so that you can see it before purchasing the car or talking to the seller. Individual sellers that you will find on the internet sell cars at cheap prices, when you choose a dealer; you will have to pay extra money for the commission of the dealer.

When dealing online make sure that you do not deal with scams, as there are many on the internet. Other than that, you do not have anything to worry about while finding used cars on internet.

Buying Second Hand Cars in India

Certainly it is impossible to live without a car in these present times. Lot of Indian buyers want to replace their vehicles every year and many companies have been benefiting of depreciation which give rise to new dynamic used car market in India. Normally we buy used 4-wheelers from a dealer or from individuals.

There are many dealers who specialize in second-hand cars alone are available in India. Many individual advertisers advertise in newspapers and in portals. Newspapers are easier means to find such used vehicles of your choice. It is always better to buy a 4-wheeler, which is only 2-3 years old. It is easy to buy from individuals than from dealers. Direct purchase will save lot of money.

Buying used cars in India makes lot of sense. It profits the user financially, and gives option to try varieties. Now a day’s vehicle is considered as extension of individual’s personality. In India, most of the buyers want to buy small cars. Practically speaking small car segment dominate the Indian automobile market. Attractive look, fuel economy and affordable price of these 4-wheelers attract the average Indian buyer.

Many buyers are very much confused about assessing the prices. Many have been questioning in their mind “is it worthy to buy this used car at this price?” It is a must to do research at this point. Note downs the details of the vehicle. Consult the auto mechanic and ask him inspect. Get the report from auto mechanic. It is the easier way to know the condition of the vehicle. It will give you clear picture of its worthiness. It is always a must to check engine number and the chassis number, before buying a used vehicle. Generally it is engraved on the manufacturer’s plate. Check whether the engine number and number in registration certificate is same. Don’t buy, if the numbers are damaged.

Try to buy a second hand car that is sold in good condition. It is better to buy from your friends or relatives. Don’t bargain with quality of the vehicle. Some sellers repaint to hide the major repairs and physical damage. It is a common practice in used car market in India. Some inexperienced people will pay more money for these repaired 4-whellers. So check carefully.

It is always better to shortlist the used four-wheeler of your choice and prepares a small list. Before short listing, talk to your friends and known vehicle owners. Owner’s suggestion will give you good idea before making a decision. Prepare your budget or financial affordability. Your budget should cover the cost of the vehicle, insurance and repair costs. It is a good choice to buy a used 4-wheeler in India with the mileage of less than 1,00,000 KM.

Tests drive the vehicle of your choice and come to the conclusion. Seek the advise of the experts in second-hand car market. Check the interiors and ensure that air conditioning system is working fine. Inspect the credentials of the vehicle. If you have confusion, talk to dealer or previous owner. Collect the car maintenance history from the previous car owner. It will be useful for you in future.

Buying a Used Car on the Internet Sight Unseen

Buying a New Computer… Or Car… on the Internet
For over two decades, Dell, Inc. has been wildly successful at bypassing the traditional stores and selling computers directly to consumers, custom-assembled according to a selection of options. The promise of convenience and savings, along with Dell’s strong company reputation and their backbone of customer service have helped ease consumer fears of buying a relatively expensive product sight unseen. Gateway and other computer makers have since embraced the online medium and are now enjoying a similar success at a varying degree. It won’t be long before buying a new car online is not going to be much different than ordering a new computer. Some German manufacturers have already caught on to this emerging trend. A BMW enthusiast, for example, could configure and order a new M6 months before its official entry into the US market. He or she could then track its progress through the manufacturing facility online similarly to the way one would track the progress of one’s new Dell. However, buying a new car online sight unseen is not a very risky proposition. One knows what one is getting and there is franchise dealer and a manufacturer standing behind it.

Buying a Used Car on the Internet – a New Breed of Shoppers
What about the used car market online? How can consumers quantify the risk they are taking buying a used car sight unseen to make sure it is justified by the savings of such purchase?

Historically, conventional used car buyers have been able to kick its tires, take it for a spin, and haggle over the asking price of the car they like at their local dealer since the invention of the automobile. Because of the internet, a considerable number of these “conventional” used car buyers have found a myriad of ways to harness the power of the ever expanding online automotive resources and tools available at their disposal to make informed buying decisions.

It is from those online savvy buyers that a new breed has emerged – those who buy their used cars online, sight unseen. Although they represent a relatively small portion of the used car buyers, these brave souls see an unmatched advantage and find ways to minimize the risks. But what’s in it for them, one might ask? Simple, actually: selection and price. The internet offers easy access to a vast selection of vehicles worldwide – online car portals, classifieds, conventional dealers with online presence and pure online-only outfits, online used car brokers, to name but a few. Since most of them are looking for a specific vehicle, their chance of finding “the one” is far greater online compared to the confines of their local area.

Needless to say, virtually all of them are looking for a bargain. Our brave souls take risks, but these are justified, at least in their eyes, because of the savings they realize by utilizing the online channel. How do they do it? They, too, are well-armed with the online tools they need to make intelligent buying decisions. Here is how these online tools help them through the decision-making and buying steps of the process.

Fair Market Value
Determining whether a particular car is a bargain is a function of understanding its fair market value given its condition in the context of the current supply and demand. For the non-economists, of course, there are a number of excellent online market valuation sources available. Kelley Blue Book, NADAGuides, Edmunds.com are some of the most widely used car pricing providers. They all base estimates on a large number of recorded transactions and provide appraisal adjustments for the year, make, model, mileage, options, condition and even local market trends. As their appraisal algorithms differ slightly from each other, the estimates may vary, so checking more than one source is recommended. There are three major price levels: trade-in (or wholesale), private party and retail. Trade-in is what one would expect to get from a dealer for one’s used car – it is the lowest of the three averages, but it’s important to know as a baseline. Private party is what one would expect to get if one sells a car to another person, and retail is what one would pay for that car at a used car dealership.

Third Party Vehicle History Reports
In addition to the seller’s honest word and availability of service records our prudent innovators tap into the same third party vehicle history report providers the rest of the used car buyers use. CARFAX and Experian’s AutoCheck, initially serving the automotive professionals only, have been available to the general public for a number of years now. For $24.99 CARFAX offers 30 days and AutoCheck offers 60 days of unlimited vehicle history reports. These provide extensive reporting on the vehicles’ recorded history: date and type of registration and renewal events, as well as checking for recorded incidents, odometer rollbacks, junk, salvage, rebuilt titles, insurance loss, theft, lemon buybacks, etc. Many dealers realize the convincing power of stating the recorded facts and now offer free vehicle history reports for the cars they sell.

Car Inspections
Independent vehicle appraisal/inspection services with online presence have also seen a boost in their business. For $99.95, CARCHEX offers to give any automobile a 155-point pre-purchase auto inspection almost anywhere in the USA. Not too high a price for peace of mind, especially if it can save one from having to deal with surprise repairs. For half of this amount, one can find a mechanic in the local directory who can check out the car and even take it for a test drive on one’s behalf and then fax a detailed report. Nevertheless, some of the more thrifty buyers have found ways to save themselves the nominal fees mechanics charge without depriving themselves of the peace of mind of a pre-sale inspection. Say, I live in Boston and happened to find a 1974 BMW 2002tii that I really wanted all the way in San Diego. Now, I would definitely want the car inspected prior to buying it. My thrifty side, however, wants to avoid the $150 fee a local company would charge me to inspect the vehicle. The solution? I would ask a fellow member of the BMW enthusiast community who lives in San Diego to take a look at the car for me. There are plenty of BMW forum members that would be more than happy to offer their time and expertise to a fellow east coast bimmerphile in need.

Shipping
There is a sea of car shipping companies that would gladly bring our pioneers their newly acquired vehicles home at a reasonable price. One example, Dependable Auto Shippers operate a fleet of state-of-the-art, satellite tracked vehicle shipping transporters, which allow one to track one’s car while it’s on its way much like one would track a package. Yet, a healthy number of this new breed of used cars buyers opt for driving their new purchase home on their own instead. It’s cheaper, it’s faster, and admittedly, it’s much more exciting. Sellers specializing in online sales of this kind have also adapted to accommodate the demands of this new kind of used car buyer. Airport pickups for our weary yet eager buyers are more or less industry standard, these days. Sellers specializing exclusively in online sales, providing a hot meal for their ‘guests’ at the family table before they depart on their voyage home, is not unheard of.

Although buying a used car online sight unseen is not for the faint of heart, it is a growing phenomenon, which if executed carefully, could be a very rewarding experience for all parties involved.