According to analysts, including Forrester Research, online shopping sales are expected to top $370 billion in 2017, up from just over $230 billion in 2012. But in our technology-centered world, this news probably comes as no surprise. More shoppers of all ages are reaching for their keyboards rather than their car keys to buy a variety of products, ranging from clothes to furniture. However, there’s one important purchase most customers still insist on buying in person: a vehicle. Read on for three reasons why your local car dealership is the best place to buy your new automobile.
Many Local Dealership Have Embraced Haggle-Free Pricing
While many car buyers research vehicle makes and models online, they still overwhelmingly head to a local dealership to make a vehicle purchase. One reason? They realize they can save hours of time with haggle-free pricing policies that are becoming more common at independent car dealerships. Historically, the car buying process has had a negative reputation. Unless you’re a savvy negotiator, you probably don’t relish the prospect of engaging in the back and forth battle of dollars and cents with a car salesman and being uncertain if the price you’re paying for a car is really the lowest possible price. Fixed-price dealerships eliminate this stressful and time-consuming dance, which makes a face-to-face transaction straightforward and stress-free.
A Face-to-Face Transaction Is Quick and Transparent
Another benefit of buying a car from a local dealership is it’s much faster than buying a car online. At the dealership, you can touch and feel the merchandise and inspect it. When you’re spending thousands of dollars, it stands to reason you want to see what you’re buying in person, before you sign on the dotted line. When you do sign on the dotted line at a dealership, you can drive your new car home immediately. Additionally, you’ll have the benefit of being able to discuss the car with skilled personnel who can point out and demonstrate unique features of the vehicle. An online car-buying experience doesn’t provide that turnkey one-on-one service.
Using a Local Car Repair Shop Supports Your Community
Another important reason why it’s important to support local auto sales. When you’re in the market for a new car, you’re investing in your community. When you buy from a local dealership, you’re helping the dealership’s bottom line and that creates a commercial ripple effect that contributes to the local economy. It's important to make sure you're finding a dealership that is going to deliver the best experience and has a good reputation. Many local businesses sponsor youth sports teams and local charities and sponsor special events that are worthwhile to the community. Additionally, dealerships buy goods and services from other local businesses. A vehicle is a big-ticket item. Buying local is a win-win for you and your neighbors.
If you’re in the market for a new car, we invite you to contact us at DeBoer's Auto Sales and Service. On our website, you’ll be able to view our inventory of pre-owned vehicles. When you find one you like, we’re conveniently located in Hamburg and eager to schedule your test drive and provide a no-haggle price.