Buying a Car Online vs.  a Dealership: Which is better?

Posted by Michael McInerney on Jan 3, 2018 12:09:25 PM

If you’re in the market for a new car, you have two options: buy online or at the dealership.

Like most people, you’ve probably already spent time researching your options through the car dealership and manufacturers’ websites, comparison shopping sites or other automotive sites. According to a report by Accenture, 36 percent of people research online, narrow down their choices to one or two cars and then visit the car dealership.

Although the dealership can be a place to learn more about specials, warranty and service and you might like the face-to-face contact to negotiate the best deal, when you buy a car online you’ll get everything you need and more without the hassle. 

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First Time New Car Buyer? 8 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Michael McInerney on Oct 3, 2017 3:33:18 PM

If you’re a first time new car buyer, it could be a tough road ahead.

Between comparing all of your options, pressure from sales people to throw in add-ons and trying to negotiate the best deal, you could leave the dealership feeling like you’ve been taken.

In fact, the top 2 reasons women cite for not purchasing a new car at a particular dealership include the price they were offered and how they were treated, according to a report by women-drivers.com.

The good news is that even if you’re a first time new car buyer, you can be in the driver’s seat and feel in control of your purchasing decision. 

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How To Get a Good Price On a New Car—Without Haggling

Posted by Michael McInerney on Oct 3, 2017 3:20:41 PM

When you’re looking to buy a new car, you probably spend hours researching your options and comparing prices. Although you’ve done all your homework, the minute you walk into the dealership, all bets are off.

When you meet the salespeople, you’re faced with the hard work of negotiating the features, the extras and the price while their only goal is to 

make the highest commission possible.

Getting a good deal on a new car becomes an arduous, frustrating process. In fact, 87 percent of Americans dislike something about shopping for a new car at the dealership and 61 percent say they feel like they were taken advantage of, according to a 2016 survey. 

With some simple strategies, you can get a great deal on a new car—no haggling necessary. 

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5 Car-Buying Secrets That Could Save You Thousands

Posted by Michael McInerney on Oct 3, 2017 2:46:27 PM

Buying a car is arguably one of the largest purchases you’ll make several times over your lifetime. In 2017, the average cost of a new car is more than $34,000, and that’s not including fuel, maintenance and car insurance. 

It’s no surprise then, that buying a new car can make you feel both excited and worried at the same time. No matter how much research you do and how prepared you are to take on the car dealership, haggling on the price is perhaps the worst part of the car buying process.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Before you buy a new car, arm yourself with expert car buying secrets that can save you a significant amount of money off the sticker price. Mike McInerney, a 30-year auto industry veteran, lists some commonsense steps every car shopper should consider before signing on the dotted line.

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10 Reasons You Should Buy Your New Car Online

Posted by Michael McInerney on Oct 3, 2017 2:31:20 PM

If you have ever been in the market for a new car, you know the amount of time and energy the process can take. You’ll spend hours, weeks, maybe even months researching your options, comparing prices and reading reviews.

And that’s before you even step foot into the showroom.

Then there’s negotiating—often the most dreaded piece of the new car buying process. No matter how much research you do and how prepared you are to negotiate, the minute you set foot in the dealership you might feel you’re not taken seriously and you’re pressured on the price.

Your biggest fear is that you’ll get taken advantage of.

Does this sound all too familiar?  How can you avoid many of the frustrations and uncomfortable experiences that the typical car buying experience may bring?

The solution is simple. Avoid the salesperson and the dealership. Buy your new car online.

Not sure if this is the right solution for you?  Read on.

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