Shopping for Cars Online

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shopping for cars

Shopping for a car is something to look forward to. Where do people check cars that are for sale? Typically, you want to check for cars available online. Gone are the days when you place your ad on Buy and Sell pages.

Since people typically shop for cars online, what are the things that they should always remember? Here are some tips that could come in handy.


Do your research first

The very first step that you need to accomplish is to determine which car fits your needs. If you are going to look for cars online, you need to have a concrete idea about the size of the car you are going to buy. Do you also prefer to have a five-year-old vehicle or an older car?


Up to where are you willing to go just to find the right car for you? Are you willing to go all the way to neighboring areas outside Metro Manila just to find the right car? Or perhaps, you only want to search within the city? You want to limit the location where you search for the potential car.


Check the price

It is imperative that you always check the price. Always have a budget when you are looking to shop for a car online. Typically, Toyota and Honda have a high resale value. As a rule of thumb, always compare at least five similar cars that are within your budget.


Check the photos

Photos will give you an initial impression regarding the car. But of course, you have to keep in mind that photography can sometimes be tricky. It is possible that all the good angles were uploaded. This is why you still need to visit the car to have an idea about the overall condition of the car.


Do a bit of background check on the seller

There are individuals who sell cars for a living online. If they do, you can check their profile and see other people’s experiences. Here, you’ll have an idea of what it is like to transact with them.


Send a private message to the seller

The next step is to send the seller a message. It is a good idea to send at least three to five sellers a message and arrange a visit. Here, you’ll be able to check the car how it looks like, and compare which one has the best condition for the right price.


Always get the help of a mechanic

Seeing the car in photos isn’t enough. It is imperative to get down and dirty and determine the overall condition of the vehicle. A licensed mechanic can give you a thorough and honest assessment of the condition of the vehicle.


Check the papers

Next, you also want to check the papers. Is the seller the legal owner of the car you want to purchase? Here, you’ll be able to avoid any legal problem that could take place buying the car.


Test drive the vehicle

Next, you couldn’t be sure about the car if you don’t test drive the vehicle. You want to take note of the positive and the negative experience that you’ll experience with the car.

Do you have anything to add on how to buy a car online? Hit us up on the comment section!


Author: erwin reyes

Erwin has a combined experience of more than 15 years in the car insurance industry in the Philippines and Australia. Loves cars and enjoys to sourcing out great deals for its clients