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Are Online Car Retail Services Better Than Dealerships?

Most people do their shopping online today, but does that fact apply to car shopping too?
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If you ever considered buying a car online, you probably stumbled across dozens of third-party websites. In fact, 78% of people like you do their shopping on such sites. This begs the question, which sites are best, and what is essential to consider before using them?

For most buyers, a dealership interaction is a waste of time and money. What's worse, these visits can be quite annoying (to put it mildly), especially the negotiation process. Interestingly, 61% of Americans feel like they are taken advantage of while at the dealership. Online car shopping gives you an opportunity to stay anonymous while looking for a car, at least until you want to close the deal. But unlike a dealership visit, you can always close your browser tab and not be pushed into a purchase. It also means that your bargaining power is literally at your finger tips. If you don't like the price, you have plenty of other places to compare what's reasonable and make a choice.

If going online to buy a car makes perfect sense to you, keep in mind that there can be some issues you might face, so better be aware of them in advance.

What Are the Options?
Services like TrueCar seem great. You can pick the car you want and find everything you need to know about the best price of your desired vehicle. However, your anonymity is compromised once you sign in. Their dealers will be contacting you - actually calling you - in the first three minutes after you search for a car. After all, you will find out the price for the vehicle you want, but at the expense of being bothered by the same salespeople you were trying to avoid by shopping online.

eBay Motors or Craigslist are sites for those looking for a used car. Prices here can be quite competitive. But make sure you are happy with the deal before you buy.
Personal Touch a Plus
The Facebook marketplace can be a better option for some if you want to buy a used car. The market is more personal, but you won't have as much anonymity as with the previous two sites. Once you reply to a seller's message, they can continue to contact you, so walking out is more complicated. Thankfully the site does have a block feature, thought.

These are just some examples of marketplaces for online car shoppers, which definitely have their drawbacks. But as technology advances, we will most likely see even better services over time.