Are you thinking about buying a new car? Rather than traveling to your nearest dealer, you might be thinking about making the purchase online. It’s not a bad idea. It does save you quite a lot of stress and trouble. After all, if you go to a dealer, you know they’re going to try and make you buy a car you don’t want. Or, get a whole bunch of extras thrown in. When you buy a car online, it’s just you and the mouse. You can click on what you want, how much you’d like to pay and where you want to buy from. All that said, there are a few pitfalls that you want to avoid when purchasing a car online.

Buying A Used Car

Buying a new car online is one thing. But buying a used car is quite different. If you buy a used car, you’re relying on the fact that the person selling it is trustworthy. That’s why if you’re buying a used car online, we suggest you make it a research exercise. Don’t even think about buying the car without testing it out first. You can look online at different car selling sites and then make your decision. If you do see a car you like, make sure you go and take it for a drive. You need to check out the performance and whether it’s suffered any wear and tear. The signs of this in a used car are clear. For instance, if the gear stick has been replaced, you might want to buy with caution.

Buying From An Online Dealer

If you’re buying new from an online dealer, you need to make sure that they are reputable. Ideally, you want to buy from a named, recognized brand such as Thames Motor Group. There you’ll find a selection of Abarth cars for you to choose from like the new Spider. It most cases you won’t be able to buy the car without checking it out in person. But some companies will allow you to buy online without a test drive. This isn’t always a bad idea. Again, it stops the seller from forcing expensive extras onto the purchase.

Legality Of Buying Online

If you don’t opt to buy from a recognized brand car seller, you need to be careful about the legality. For instance, we’d never recommend you buy a car from Ebay. Though some people do. If you do find your dream car on an auction site like this, be careful. You need to take note of the wording that the seller uses. If they specifically mention they have no knowledge of cars, they are shifting liability. That means if the car fails after you buy it they are not responsible or accountable. Even if they don’t mention this, they could claim it was implied. Particularly, if they don’t have a history of selling cars. That’s why it’s always best to buy a car from an actual car site rather than general sales. If you don’t do this, it’s essentially the online equivalent of buying a car on the side of the road.