There’s no hard-and-fast answer to the question of whether it’s cheaper to buy a car online. Buying a vehicle online has its conveniences, but it does also have drawbacks, including limitations on your car finance eligibility.
What to think about when buying a car online
Consumers in almost every area are moving towards digital-first purchasing. Whether it’s your food shop, a new coat or even a car, there’s a lot to be said for the convenience of online purchases.
When it comes to buying a car, there are advantages to purchasing one online. Firstly, it saves you the time and effort of having to shop around different dealerships, and also reduces the pressure of haggling with a salesperson. Plus, if you know exactly what car you want and aren’t phased about test driving different models, then purchasing a car online can be expedient.
That said, there are potential drawbacks to buying a car online. Whilst purchasing a car on the internet ensures you won’t be pestered by any sales people, you’re less likely to be able to take advantage of discounts, and your potential to negotiate will be significantly reduced.
You’ll also be limited in terms of your car finance options. You’ll be able to fund the purchase of a vehicle online by way of a personal loan or a car loan, but other forms of car financing may not be available. Buying the car through a personal loan would also make you the car’s outright owner, which is a responsibility that you may not want.
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