By Joy Pearson

The Do and Donts of buying a used car online

The Do and Donts of buying a used car online
The Do and Donts of buying a used car online

23 April 2023
By Joy Pearson
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In recent years, buying used cars online has become increasingly popular. It's a convenient way to purchase a car without the hassle of visiting a dealership. However, as with everything you buy online, there are some do's and don'ts you should know before you go ahead and purchase a used car online. In today's post, we will look into some of the things you definitely should and should not do when purchasing a car online, in order to make your car buying journey as quick and smooth as possible. 

The very first thing you need to do before buying anything online, is to do your research! Before making a purchase, it's important to research the car you're interested in and the seller you're buying from. Look for their latest reviews and ratings from previous customers to ensure that the seller is reputable and trustworthy. Don't forget to research the car to make sure that it meets your needs and is priced fairly.  

Once your research is complete, ask for photos and videos. If your buying anything online, you normally get to see what the product looks like, right? With car's this is just as important. It's vital that you see as much of the car as possible before making a purchase. Ask the seller or dealership for recent photos and videos of both the interior and exterior and to include any blemishes or damage. This will help you get a good idea of what you're buying but also will give you a better idea of the car's condition. 

Next thing you need to do is to get your chosen car's vehicle history report. A vehicle history report can provide valuable information about the car, including it's accident history, maintenance records and previous ownerships. This will give you a better idea of the car's history and help you make a informed decision on whether it is suitable for your needs and is worth the investment. 

Lastly, be sure to arrange a pre-purchase inspection. Even if you're buying a car online, it's still just as important to have the car of vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic. The reason for this is because the conformation you will receive from the mechanic will give you peace of mind about the car's condition and help you avoid any potential issues down the road. 

Now here is what you shouldn't do... 

Never ever ever rush into buying a car or vehicle. It's important to take your time when you are buying a used car online, especially if you think you found a good deal! Take the time to research both the car and the dealership that is selling the car, and make sure you're comfortable with the purchase before committing to anything. 

Don't make a payment until you've seen the car. If you pay for a car you haven't seen in person, you could be signing yourself up for potential scams or even fraud, so it's vital that you get to see the car in person and are happy with the car before handing over your hard earned money. 

When buying a car online, it's important to consider the cost of shipping. Never forget about shipping costs, if there are any! Make sure you factor in these costs when budgeting for your new purchase, as you don't want to set yourself up for any financial problems in the future. 

Lastly, don't by a car online without a warranty. A warranty can provide you with that extra valuable protection in case something goes wrong with the car. You can either ask the dealership if the car has an existing warranty or make sure you purchase an extended warranty, so you can give yourself the piece of mind you need when dealing with those big financial commitments. 

Yes, buying a car online can be a convenient and hassle-freeway to purchase a car. However, it's important to take the necessary precautions to ensure that you're making a smart and informed decision. By following these do's and don'ts, you'll be well on your way to buying car car online with confidence.