Buying a new car can often be a rather torturous experience. I mean used car salesmen have a reputation for a reason, right?
Of course, the web has attempted to take some of the pain out of the whole process, and the last few years have seen a number of mobile apps emerge to try and make buying a car as pain free as possible.
For instance, with CarMax , you can browse through a host of used cars from the comfort of your living room. They make the process more akin to browsing Amazon, safe in the knowledge that you won’t have a sleazy salesman trying to flog you the latest banger.
Of course, this still assumes that you know what it is that you’re looking for, which is far from certain unless you’re into your cars. Apps such as Kelly Blue Book are therefore invaluable for the uninitiated amongst us. It is the app version of the car buyers bible, and attempts to give you the true value of both new and used cars, so it should be essential reading to ensure you don’t get fleeced.
Of course, this isn’t the only app to offer this kind of pricing service, with Edmunds also offering a car valuation facility to help you understand the fair price of each vehicle. It also provides some useful information on the cost of upkeep for each vehicle, so you’ll get an idea of running costs as well as purchase cost.
Suffice to say, these are merely a handful of the apps on the market to give you some help when buying your new car, but there are still some useful steps you should try and undertake before you get started.
Lancaster Insurance have provided a useful step-by-step guide to help you ensure your online buying experience is a smooth one, including writing down exactly what it is you want, fully researching the seller and so on.
Buying a car online can be a daunting experience, but there are plenty of tools to help ensure it is as pain free as possible. The ones outlined above should give you a decent start, but do please share any others that you like in the comments below.