How to buy a new car
Online shopping has been a big boon for millennials and their parents.
And that’s been a boon for the companies that make online car buying easier.
But not everyone wants a new brand-new car online.
The big retailers and auto manufacturers have been slow to catch on, and a lot of people are just not happy about the hassle.
“A lot of millennials don’t want to buy new cars,” said Michael Smith, a consumer expert with Kelley Blue Book.
“A lot more people are buying used cars than ever before.
A lot of that is due to the fact that consumers are buying more of the same vehicles they’ve been buying for years.”
So what can you do to get the best deal online?
Smith said it’s all about being careful when buying.
“We’re going to try to be more specific with what we’re looking for,” Smith said.
“We’re not going to go online and just buy a car from a bunch of different brands and expect a car to work like it does on the internet.”
In fact, the vast majority of new cars sold online are not brand-name vehicles, said Sarah Fagan, who heads online car shopping at Kelley Blue.
“That’s not true.
The vast majority are brand-owned vehicles that have been in production for decades,” Fagan said.
When you search for a vehicle on the Internet, you’re looking at the cars on the site’s inventory and are not looking for a specific model or model year.
You’re looking specifically for a brand name.
And, like many online shoppers, you want to know which car is best suited for your needs.
“It’s important to remember that most consumers have a lot more freedom to choose their vehicle,” Smith added.
“They have a greater variety of vehicles to choose from.
So they’re going online for a variety of reasons.”
Fagan said she is seeing more and more people use their online car search engine to narrow down their search for vehicles.
And there are a few options that can help you narrow down your choices.
Some online car buyers will look for a car’s brand name, and will often look for the car’s manufacturer.
If that’s the case, it’s important that you have the right type of car.
“If you’re shopping for a 2017 Ford F-150, you probably don’t need a 2019 Ford F150,” Fanny said.
Instead, you can try searching for a 2019 or 2020 Ford F1500.
But even if you don’t have a brand-brand relationship, Smith said you can still use an online car shop to get an idea of what a new model would look like if it were to be sold online.
“When you’re searching online, you don´t really have a clue what a brand new car is,” Smith explained.
“You have no idea what a vehicle would look exactly like.
You just want to be able to compare a new vehicle to the same vehicle on a variety cars and get an estimate of what it would cost.”
If you can’t find a brand you’re interested in, Smith says you can always try contacting the manufacturer.
“If you want a brand that’s not on the inventory, you’ll be able find that by calling them and talking to them,” Smith noted.
“But the manufacturers will usually be more than happy to give you a quote.”
If a brand is listed, but you’re not interested, you may want to try out a different brand instead.
“There are a lot that people are searching for on the net for the brand new vehicle,” Fahan said.
And they can find a lot cheaper cars on eBay.
“I’ve found that people that are searching online for the best car will often be looking at cars that are a little more expensive,” Smith continued.
“So I think the brands are often going to be cheaper on the eBay market.”
Fanny said you also can try out new car sites like Bidding and Craigslist to see if you can get a better deal.
But that may not be the best option for everyone.
“Bidding is a lot better than Craigslist, because it’s the cheapest option,” Fanna said.