For many of us the idea of car shopping is one met with apprehension and dread. Just the thought of stepping onto a lot and being approached by a salesperson can be enough to make some people hyperventilate and break out in hives. For those who can’t seem to stomach traditional car buying, what if you could shop for a vehicle in the comfort of your own home?
Fairly new is the concept of buying a car online. Yes, this is virtual car buying. While many of the traditional dealerships and places such as Carmax will entertain a purchase online, strictly online car sales such as Carvana has a sole purpose to save you a trip to the dealership and allow you to buy a car from the comfort of your own home.
Before you shake your head and add a resounding no, you should know that shopping for and buying vehicles online is gaining traction and becoming more mainstream. Kelley Blue Book suggests shopping online but test driving and closing in person. For cars sold online, you can expect to browse the inventory of all used cars by way of a number of images of each vehicle from different angles, including both the interior and exterior. Any known areas of concern, such as dents and dings are highlighted in up-close images of the areas. Added and upgraded features of the vehicle are highlighted in images as well.
The obvious drawback to buying a car online is the fact you’re buying sight unseen, and many buyers want to see the condition of the vehicle firsthand before purchasing the vehicle. To combat this, Carvana has a generous trial period, and afterward the car can be easily returned for a full refund as long as it’s within a certain mileage. Visit Carvana’s website for the company’s complete return policy. As with any vehicle you purchase, you’ll want your mechanic to inspect the vehicle you’re considering.
CDC Federal Credit Union works with Carvana providing financing to those who qualify. So if you’re like plenty of others and you need a new vehicle, but you don’t want to step foot on a lot at a dealership, you might consider Carvana. Your new vehicle may be just a click away!
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