Buying cars safely online
Finding time in your busy schedule is considered something of a luxury. With so much to do and so little time, searching for your next car can be a time-consuming and tedious process.
With the latest developments in online marketing, it’s impossible to ignore that times have changed and so have our way of doing things. Consumers are able to browse and purchase almost anything online, at the click of the ‘Buy Now’ button. Everything is electronic and it is no different when buying and selling cars. An army of dealers and suppliers are available online, ready to fulfil your brief.
A majority of car publications and magazines have jumped on the digital bandwagon, by increasing their online presence and improving their e-commerce processes. The small printed classified ad has become a thing of the past as dealers and traders offer dedicated websites to potential buyers. Even private sellers can explore a range of websites to shift their unwanted wheels.
A recent survey by Accenture, Automotive Online Survey, reported that 54% of drivers seeking to purchase a new vehicle, want information specific to their needs while using online channels. 62% are initiating the car-buying process online, including consulting social media channels, before entering a car dealership.
It all sounds easy enough but it’s important to remember that scammers are very sophisticated. Unfortunately, in addition to the many reliable traders out there, there is also a large number of criminals ready to scam an unsuspecting buyer. What appears to be a totally plausible website, can easily turn into a front for criminals. A savvy buyer must always be ready and well informed before purchasing a new car.
Eyes on the prize
First and foremost, never buy a car that you haven’t seen. If the seller is looking for a ‘quick sale’, make sure that you verify the sellers’ credentials at the very least. When paying online, it is essential to make sure that the payment page is totally secure and has all the necessary security symbols required. Make it Secure provides the necessary details to look out for, the next time you shop online. Recognise secure payments.
Don’t be afraid to shop around
There are thousands of cars for sale at any one time. Browse and compare a variety of websites by looking at different makes and models, so that you can assess the best price for your pocket.
You have chosen your dream car, so now what?
When the decision has been made and you can envision your new car parked in your garage, don’t forget about doing a final check. The Automobile Association, commonly known as the AA, offers roadworthiness testing and up-to-date road information.
An important part of buying a new or pre-owned car, is transferring the car title onto your name. Click on the link to find out more and download the required documentation, directly from the South African Governmental website. Changing owner or titleholder particulars for a vehicle.
Purchasing a new car is always exciting but don’t forget the most important part – keeping your wheels safe. Simply contact us to change your vehicle details and arrange for a new Beame to be installed in your new car. With a quick call or email, your will be simply sorted.
For more information, visit www.beame.co.za or contact us on 0860 232 631
‘Till next time, peeps!