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5 top tips for buying your next car online

5 top tips for buying your next car online

Thinking of buying a new car? Want to avoid the dealership and still get a great deal on a new car? Want to see what all the fuss is about with online car buying?

Car Nation Canada now supports online car sales. A totally online experience where you can buy, trade-in, get a car loan and have your car delivered to your door. All without visiting a dealership.

How cool is that?

If you’re thinking of trying it out, here are five ways to drive a good deal when you buy a car online.

1. Set your budget and stick to it

If you have bought things online before, you know how easy it is to overspend. Money can seem like an abstract when on the internet when a price is just a number on the page. But it certainly isn’t with big ticket items such as cars.

Make sure you set a budget before looking at cars online and stick to that budget. It might not seem like real money but it is!

2. Decide if you want new or used

You can buy both new and used cars online with Car Nation Canada. There are pros and cons to each and one will suit your circumstances more than the other.

Buy new and get full warranty, that new car smell and the benefit of the latest technology. Buy used and access higher specification cars for less up front.

3. Factor running costs into the budget

Don’t forget to factor in gas, insurance, servicing and all those other expenses into the price of the car. This is especially true if you’re using a car loan to finance it.

New cars will cost more up front but less to run as servicing is usually included in the price. Used cars cost less up front but may cost more in the long run as all those things come out of your pocket.

4. Create a list

We like to call this list, ‘Must and Want’. Make a list of what your car must have and add a separate column with want to haves. For example, if your car must have AWD, add it to the list. If it must be a truck over a sedan, add that too.

Do the same for wants. Want leather but could live without it if you had to? Add that to the want column.

5. Do your research

There are thousands of car websites out there. Our own blog regularly features car reviews. Once you know your budget, whether you want new or used and have your list of musts and wants, now it’s time to figure out the best brands and models that deliver.

Spend as much time as you can researching and getting a feel for the market. You can still test drive when buying a car online but you only have a couple of days to change your mind. The more you know before you buy, the better your position will be!

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