Online Car Buyers Guide
Thousands of people purchase vehicles online. Do you want to buy a car online? If you do, you should stick around for a few minutes. Learn how you can ship a car you bought online. We can deliver it to your door, whether you bought it in the US or internationally.
Is buying a car online a good idea?
Who is buying cars online?
Millions of people buy cars online. From the everyday Joe, to collectors and businesses from around the globe. What would constitute such a purchase though? Does the entire process have to be conducted online? Does it count if you go and see the vehicle in person? What if you are just ordering a new car from the manufacturer or an authorized dealer? Clearly, these are very distinct scenarios. Are there websites where you can buy a car online? Yes, there are plenty of reputable websites. And in our years of experience shipping cars, we can confirm that online purchases happen daily.
How do you ship a car you bought online?
Our customers make two choices – type of carrier and time-frame of delivery. This means you can choose between open or encloosed and whether you want standard or expedited shipping.
Corsia Logistics offers open car carrier and enclosed car carrier. In both cases, this is a door-to-door delivery. All of our online customers, individuals, and businesses from across the country, always prefer door-to-door deliveries.
The other options you need to consider is whether to pick a standard service or an expedited delivery. A standard car shipping means that a carrier will pick up your vehicle within one to few days. However, please keep in mind that all dates and times are only estimates. Delays happen on the road due to weather, traffic and other elements.
Expedited delivery could guarantee that your car is picked up or delivered on or by a specified date and time. This requires the truck schedule to be rearranged according to your preferences, which increases the price. Customers often need this service when the vehicle is going to an auto show or when it is a gift and has to be delivered on a specific date.
Shipping a car process
Auto transport process steps:
1. Request a car shipping quote online or over the phone.
2. Disclose details about the vehicle – make, model, modifications, location.
3. A logistics expert will schedule your shipment based on your desired dates.
4. Then a carrier picks up your car one to few days from your first available date.
5. Inspection of the vehicle before loading and at delivery is important to do and get a report.
6. Transit time depends on the distance – your agent will inform you of the estimated delivery time.
7. At delivery, the carrier must inspect the vehicle again and you need to sing the Bill of Lading.
The three major markets – new, used and classics cars
Depending on the situation, buying a car online will be somewhat different. If you are on the look for a new vehicle, the process is often simpler than buying a classic. Trying to find a used car online may also be a great option. That is because you will have a larger pool from which to pick. On the other hand, there are some pitfalls to look for.
You may also be wondering whether or not the internet is a good place for buying a classic automobile. Are there authorized auctions for such things? Considering the investment, is it not better to be there in person? Or maybe the deals online are better, with a larger pool once again? To better answer these questions we will look at the situations separately.
Buying a new car online
The majority of people consider this to be the easiest case. You avoid in-person haggling at the dealerships. You can check the price in real time. And you can compare multiple dealerships across the country – all at the same time. However, there is a caveat.
You need to research before you begin the process of buying a car online. A good piece of advice is to go and check out the vehicle of your choice in person at a local dealership. To put it bluntly, online videos can sometimes be deceiving. You may miss important details that may sway you in a given direction. And since a car is not a small investment, you should know exactly what you buy before the purchase.
After you have seen the car and checked a couple of dealerships near you, it does not mean you have to buy it there. You can purchase it online. Since you now know the car, you can buy it from across the country. Many good deals are available online from out of state. Sometimes you may get a lower price by a few thousand dollars. This kind of a discount will put money in your pocket and cover your shipping costs.
Buying a used car online
With used cars the situation is a bit different. It is not a new vehicle, so you don’t know if anything is wrong with it. If you don’t drive it and check it personally you can not be sure. You can go and check out a new car, then expect to buy the same thing wherever you go. This is not the case with used vehicles. The best tip for getting your used car online is to research and consider certified vehicles. Know its weak spots and common points of failures.
It is good to understand how to check such things. This will save you any troubles down the line. Or you can also hire a certified company to go and check the car for you. Such companies exist and their services are available to book online. They will test drive the vehicle for you and provide you with a report. Once you are set and buy your vehicle online, all you need is to ship it.
If you are buying from an auto dealership you need to let the shipping company know. The carrier needs to know in advance and discuss the pick-up time, which usually has to be within the operating hours of the auto dealership. The same applies when buying from a private seller out of state.
You will have to discuss the shipping operation with him and make sure he is ready to cooperate. The carrier will coordinate the pick-up day and time in advance and try to accommodate the seller’s schedule. Still, pick-up time frame is from one to few days so flexibility is important.
Buying a classic vehicle online
Buying a classic car often happens online. This is where you will find all good deals by private sellers. The other two places for classic automobiles are at auctions and in specialized dealerships.
Well preserved and maintained classic automobiles, of high value, are often sold at auctions. These creatures you find at auctions though cost money, but if you are in the market for a really valuable classic, go ahead and visit some auctions such as Barrett-Jackson. You will certainly find gems worth your time and money.
If you are not ready for this type of investment yet, then you can research classic car dealerships online. At such dealers, you can find a variety of classic vehicles and also negotiate the price a bit. They are responsible for getting the car in the best condition possible. Any problems for each particular vehicle have to be listed in details. Corsia Logistics works with several classic car dealerships from across the country.
All in all, buying a classic car online is not as risky as people think. Of course, it is always easier to buy it from a place near you. But you have one more option here – search online, find a private seller. Many car collectors have their own websites or advertise their vehicles online on various websites. Hemmings and BaT are such platforms. You can also check forums for the desired automobile and Craigslist. Deals could be anywhere online. So, everything starts with good research.