Are you in the market for a new car? If you need to get rid of your current vehicle, chances are you’re better off selling it yourself but occasionally a trade-in is more feasible, especially if your car is a piece or you need a fresh set of wheels fast. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a stock new-looking Honda Civic you want to sell yourself or a lifted Toyota Tacoma, Autotrader.com and Craigslist are great places to start. We’ve sold every car we’ve put on there – sometimes you have to wait it out for a few weeks or months, but there’s always a buyer that’s looking for the car you’re selling.
When it comes time to buy the new car, there are tons of great websites too that can make your search easy and limit the amount of time you spend in the dealer, not to mention to save you some money. A few major decisions must be made when looking to buy a car or truck though such as, “How much down payment should I put down?” Or “Should I take the zero-down offer and keep the money in case I need it for something else later?” How about, “Should I pay for the car in cash, or would choosing a used car be more affordable and simply a better choice for me than a new car?” Be real with yourself.
There are many places to research online, including Automotive.com of course, which allow you to buy a new car without the hassle of negotiating, unlike say, browsing on AutoTrader.com and then contacting the dealers yourself. Shopping for a car online has become an extremely popular and beneficial alternative to those who don’t like to haggle with dealer salespeople OR who don’t have time to run around and visit each lot. Internet shopping allows for a vast selection of vehicles from the comfort of your own home. For example, Automotive.com allows you to build a car, spec out the features and options you desire via check boxes, and then hit “Submit”. They research all the dealers in your area to see who has the exact car you’re looking for. If the car or truck that you want isn’t found in your local area, Automotive.com will tap into its national network of dealerships until it finds it. Many times dealers will arrange for the car to be shipped to you for a nominal charge.
The greatest benefit of internet shopping though is the car prices. When you go through a company such as Automotive.com, you’re benefiting from the sales volume they send to dealers and more often than not receive discounted pricing. Ever heard the tip of dealing with the “fleet manager” at a dealership to get some real discounts? Same story when you buy online, except you’re going through the “Internet Sales Manager.” Plus you don’t have to negotiate!
Some of our personal friends who’ve used Automotive.com have purchased everything from a Chevy Camaro in fully-loaded SS-trim to base model KIA cars and saved several hundreds to several thousands off a normal price. In many case, you will be able to purchase under invoice price. Besides saving money, browsing for a car online opens up the door to endless car reviews, MPG ratings and specifications that are just a click away. Also, learn about special deals in your area as well finding out about all of the current manufacturers rebates in effect.