In decades before, buying a new car was a big to-do the required you to go to the bank or credit union, drive all around town looking for the right vehicle, spend hours negotiating with a salesperson, and sign mountains of paperwork. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
Thanks to so many advances in modern technology, you can now go through the entire process of buying a new car without ever leaving your home. But because many people don’t buy new cars but for a few times in their lives, you might not be familiar with these processes yet. So to show you how this can be done, here are three ways technology has made it easier to buy a new car.
There’s An App For That
There are so many apps available that make car buying simple and easy. According to Emily Delbridge, a contributor to The Balance, some of the most helpful apps that you might want to download while you’re on the hunt for a new car include Edmunds, CarMax, Kelley Blue Book, TrueCar, and Cars.com.
Depending on what step you’re on in your car search, each of these apps will give you great information about how to proceed and help you in making decisions about what car to choose and how to get it at the best price.
Make Your Purchase Online
Rather than having to go to a car dealership, you can now find the exact car you want to buy just by using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
According to David Bakke, a contributor to Money Crashers, almost all car dealerships, regardless of size, have a website where they showcase their vehicles. Oftentimes, you can even chat with a salesperson to get any additional information you’re needing. In some instances, you can reserve the car online as well so that you can do a test drive before finalizing your purchase.
Apply For A Loan Without Visiting A Bank
While finding a new car can be fun, having to deal with the financial aspect of getting a new car is usually anything but. However, with online banking moving forward so much, you can now get approved for a new car loan without even having to visit a bank.
According to John M. Vincent, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, online auto loans are the choice of many consumers because they’re fast, convenient, and often come with better rates. If you haven’t researched how you’d fare with an online auto loan, consider applying to see what kind of rate you’d qualify for.
If you’re about to start looking for a new car, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get a lot of the work for this purchase done online.