Buying an automobile over the internet is becoming more and more popular. Whether you’re looking for new or used, classic or exotic, from a dealership or on Craigslist, the possibilities are endless. However, when it comes to the logistics of actually getting your new car to you, many buyers balk at the idea of an online purchase. In this article, we will discuss the main features of transporting online purchases straight to your doorstep.
Advantages of the Online Auto Marketplace
- Competitive Pricing
Supply and demand works in your favor in multiple ways. Aside from the fact that you’ll have access to hundreds of competing private sellers and dealerships, you’ll also find that various regions or states differ in this metric as well. This means that pricing can be more affordable in one locality compared to another. Miami, for instance, has a greater supply than it does in demand. This means that buyers from Los Angeles – where the demand is much higher – can find better deals in Miami than they could in their own region.
- Greater Selection
In addition to having access to a greater selection of sellers, you also have a much wider selection of vehicle makes and models to choose from. Though certain models may be difficult to find in your own state, the online automobile marketplace allows you to easily filter your searches within the extensive selection available across the nation.
Resources to help you make an Informed Decision:
- Kelley Blue Book : An online portal for accurate value assessments for new and used vehicles
- National Motor Vehicle Title Information System or NMVTIS : A national database which allows consumers to obtain in-depth information about a vehicle’s history and condition.
Most Popular Online Marketplaces:
The most longstanding, popular and easy-to-use interface that a large majority of buyers rely on. This fact alone should place it on top of your list of trusted, go-to marketplaces.
A close cousin to Auto Trader, Cars.com offers a huge selection of vehicles that are easily filtered by zip code, price, make and model.
This portal has been listed as the most visited online car marketplace in 2021. So, if you want to maximize the number of eyeballs on your listing, you can do so for as little as $5.
The favored portal for classic or collector’s vehicles.
Geared towards the rare, classic or sports models, Bring-A-Trailer vets all vehicles before listing them on their website. Although it works on an auction-based model, cars tend to sell at a higher dollar due to the clientele it markets to.
You’ve Purchased Online, Now What?
- Contact a Transport Company to book a shipment.
A Shipping Broker will be the most efficient and cost effective avenue for finding just the right transporter for your required route and timeframe. However, should you prefer to do the legwork yourself, you can contact Carriers individually to enquire about their credentials, schedules and routes. If you purchase through a licensed dealership, they will usually take on the responsibility of hiring a transporter to deliver the vehicle to you.
- Enquire whether the Carrier requires you to register your vehicle
Many states set a limit for how long an automobile can stay unregistered. Some Shipping Carriers may also require registration documents to be presented on booking. If you have purchased your vehicle at a dealership within your state, registration may be handled partially or fully by a representative. Out of state sellers will not handle the process for you and will need to be arranged yourself. In general, however, most transport companies will transport unregistered vehicles without problem.
- Although optional, you may wish to insure your vehicle prior to transit
Although your vehicle will be covered by the Carrier’s insurance during transit, it’s also recommended to contact your personal insurer to enquire about whether or not your current policy makes some provision for new purchases prior to being officially added to it. Alternatively, you could add your new purchase to your policy with some basic information about the vehicle (VIN, make, model, year…)
Buying a car elsewhere and transporting it home has become a new industry standard. So much so that dealerships are making larger and larger provisions for out-of-state and international clientele. At Yellowfin, our logistics specialists are extensively trained in this arena to ensure you’re provided with additional expertise and support throughout the shipping process. Reach out today to enquire about how we can best assist you with your next online purchase.