There are a lot of unanswered questions when you buy a car online. Is the condition as they say? Will it have any problems? One of the questions that doesn’t usually come to mind at first is, “what are my shipping options?”
We’re going to talk about that in this article!
How Do I Get My Car?
When you make a purchase online you can either pick up the car or have it shipped to you. There are several variables to consider when making a decision one way or the other. One of the big things you must consider is whether or not you trust the source. Google search the dealer and their reviews with past customers. If they have a track record online of providing solid business practices, that’s a great sign you can trust them to tell you the truth!
1. You Can Pick It Up
There are several costs associated with going to pick up your vehicle. Once you think of all the costs associated with driving it home yourself, you may decide it’s easier to ship. Here are a few questions you must ask yourself before you make a decision!
- Can I drive or do I have to fly?
- How much does it cost to drive the car home?
- Is the car comfortable enough to drive for an extended amount of time?
- Is my presence really needed at the dealership? Most dealers can do all of the paperwork over the phone. Make sure you read reviews on the dealership before you decide you trust somebody enough to buy the car sight unseen!
- Will putting that many miles on the vehicle decrease its’ value?
2. You Can Have It Shipped
If traveling to get the car isn’t an option, many people choose shipping a car you bought online. If you are buying the car sight unseen, or even if you’ve viewed the outside in person, it’s smart to choose to get a PPI on the vehicle before you buy. A PPI is an inspection performed to determine the true quality of the vehicle. If you’re looking for a high quality Pre Purchase Inspection in the Marietta area, Select Luxury Service performs them with the oversight of Master Technicians.
When it comes to shipping, most dealers can help you arrange shipping without much trouble. For example, Select Luxury Cars arranges shipping for all of their customers who need it! Here a few questions to ask yourself before you jump on the shipping bandwagon.
- How big is your vehicle – Smaller vehicles are generally less expensive to ship than larger vehicles.
- Time of year – The summer time is a busy time for automotive shipping company’s. Often, you may find you are able to get a lower price during the winter because demand is lower.
- Closed or Open Shipping – See below for some of the pros and the cons of open and closed shipping.
|Closed vs. Open Shipping|
|Closed Shipping||Protection From Elements||Much More Expensive|
|Car Often Comes Detailed||May Have Limited Shipper Availability|
|Open Shipping||Cost Effective||Open to Knicks, Dings, Rock chips, Etc|
Finding The Right Shipping Company
Before you decide to ship your vehicle you will need to find the right company to make it happen! You have the option to find a broker or be the broker yourself. The choice is yours!
Performing the legwork as a broker is a viable option if you don’t mind taking the time to compare prices and shipping policies when shipping a car you bought online. However, this is very time intensive and you may have to wait several weeks to get put into a slot.
Find a Broker
It’s best to hire somebody to find you a shipping slot. It may cost you a little bit more money but it will save you a lot of time! Brokers have relationships with multiple transport companies, and can therefore negotiate a better price. They may also be able to get you into a better slot and get you your vehicle faster!
Use The Dealer
Many dealers have contacts with transportation companies and can do the legwork for you. This saves you a lot of time and money as a customer, and eliminates the hassle you would have had to go through to find your vehicle! If you have this option, jump at the chance. It saves you a lot of time and headaches.
Now You’re An Expert!
Hopefully at this point we have demystified shipping a car you bought online for you. Now you are ready to stand toe-to-toe and make some decisions!
Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end models, expect to begin and end your search here. We inspect each of our vehicles over a 112 point inspection. Ensuring we are selling high quality, low mileage vehicles that will lead to more and more happy customers.
Select Luxury Service is the premier Luxury Car Service Center located in Marietta, GA and serves the Greater Atlanta Area. We specialize in servicing BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin, other exotics, luxury, and super cars. Please visit our website to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle looked at by our Factory Certified Master Technicians.