The Ins and Outs of Car Buying

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When it comes to car buying, two options are presented to you during the search for your next dream car. While in-person outlets like dealerships have pros like being able to test drive potential vehicles, they also lack in credibility due to the typical dealer agenda of sales. On the other hand you have the pros of online dealerships, like the complete elimination of the possibility of purchase coercion, but it also comes with a major downside as online pictures do not do a car justice like seeing it in person does.

Considering the multiple variables you must consider during your search, like deciding between desired features, seat upholstery, entertainment and navigation systems, high-tech gadgets and devices; deciding which vehicle to purchase becomes even more difficult while budgeting between price specifications.  The options you are presented to ease this process come with their own perks and drawbacks to be listed below:

  1. SHOWROOM/ DEALER’S LOT
    1. Pros:
      1. in-person review of potential automotive options
      2. on-call assistance readily available should you have any questions or concerns
  • wide variety of makes and models that
  1. allows room for price negotiation
  1. Cons:
    1. dealer’s primary focus revolves around capital gain.
    2. Dealers are also very likely to conceal pertinent information on a car’s defects to be able to sell it at a higher value. Oftentimes automotive inadequacies aren’t physically visible outside the hood of a car, so a buyer would be completely oblivious to money going down the train in the near future due to their car requiring frequent and expensive repair.
  2. ONLINE AUTOMOTIVE DATABASE
    1. Pros:
      1. allows a buyer to review the makes and models of cars from all over the world, granting a buyer an immense bank of vehicles to choose from.
      2. Online dealerships also work around the clock; doors never close online, so a review of your proponents can be done anytime of day, anytime of week, month, or year, 24/7.
  • You have easier access to auto comparisons since all relevant information on a car is presented to you right before your eyes on a screen, so side-by-side comparisons become possible with the simple click of a button.
  1. Online car dealerships also ensure a buyer will not succumb to the pressure of sales tactics that often coerce customers into making a purchase that breaks the bank for a vehicle that does not meet their specific needs.
  1. Cons:
    1. The most obvious issue is the simple fact that you are online; many buyers prefer to have hands-on time with a vehicle before making a finalized decision
    2. although pictures can give a buyer a general idea of the car’s aesthetics, they are not always fully sufficient. No test drive can be made, the buyer cannot climb into the driver’s seat of the car, smell the seat upholstery or give the tires a kick before making a final decision.
  • No price negotiations

Major financial investments require thorough, sufficient research that can come with inherent challenges that make this process all the more tedious. Car buying is no exception.

Making the decision to purchase a vehicle allows a person to, quite literally, get into the driver’s seat. You’re the boss; however, without prior automotive expertise, outside resources are necessary in order to make the best capitally sound decision that meet all your individual needs. There are heavy pros but also heavy cons to both options you are presented while attempting to make such a major financial decision. That being said, there is no all-around perfect option available when it comes to weighing between what resource to refer to during your search. There are drawbacks to showrooms and dealerships, but there are also drawbacks to using an online autobase. So what are we left with?

There exists a marriage of your available options that eliminates the aforementioned downsides while optimizing the perks of both resource outlets. Cars.com acts a sufficient resource to refer to throughout your search for your next vehicle that comes with no pressure to make a purchase you were coerced into, gives you accurate information on the pros and cons of your potential options, allows users the option to decide between detailed side-by-side comparisons, provides multiple outlets for car buying advice depending on your individual needs, and can refer you to local dealerships that sell your dream car. Oh, and the best part of Cars.com? All these features are available to users for free.