Buying a car is a daunting experience for so many reasons. There’s the financial aspect to consider and how much you can really afford. But then there can be the dilemma between choosing to buy new or used. All in all, I was definitely nervous going into the process myself and if my experience can help shed some light for someone else, it’s way worth it.
I’d been looking into getting a new car for awhile, but the real sign from the universe that it was time was when my dad called to tell me my truck had been totaled by some asshole in the Walmart parking lot. What a way to go. (RIP, my brave Wagner.)
I considered buying new for a hot second but ultimately realized that I could seriously stand to save a few thousand dollars and shave a fair amount off my monthly payments. Which brings me to my first tip of this story: Buying used cars no longer means going to some crappy backlot with cars filled with sawdust. Buying used is fancy these days.
“Buying used cars no longer means going to some crappy backlot of cars filled with sawdust.”
While buying used from a dealership is a solid choice if they have what you want at a fair rate, many sites exist now online that will actually deliver your car straight to your front door. And these cars are nice too, no sawdust here. I looked at a few used car sites including Carvana, but I ended up buying through Vroom, because their cars were a tad cheaper on average.
Vroom lets you search by make, model, body type, or even color to find your dream car. Yes, it will be used, but many of their models are only a few years old and you’ll find a surprising number of cars only a year old with barely any miles on them. Other pluses that come with Vroom other than free home delivery: 3-month warranty on the car, 1 year of roadside assistance, they help with financing, and if you don’t like it, you can return it within 7 days.
There are a ton of options to sort through though and the experience of being able to get a car right then and there can be a little much, so make sure you stick to your dealbreakers on what you want and be patient. New cars pop up every day so you can afford to be picky.
“Make sure you stick to your dealbreakers on what you want and be patient. New cars pop up every day so you can afford to be picky.”
After you choose a car, most of these sites require you to place a holding deposit, until you have all the financing figured out. And then you’ll play phone tag back and forth for a week or so until you get confirmation of when the car will be actually delivered. Overall, the process takes quite a bit longer than Amazon delivery, and I don’t think Vroom was as good at communicating as they should have been. But if you want a fairly-priced used car of quality, buying online is a solid choice these days.
“If you want a fairly-priced used car of quality, buying online is a solid choice these days.”
The day my 2016 Nissan Murano showed up at my front door, I was as giddy as a little girl with cotton candy at the theme park. 2 months later, I know for sure I made the best choice buying online, and I know I would definitely do so again in the future.
Buuuuut, maybe not from Vroom until they get their process down pat.