Face Off: Car Dealerships versus Online Automotive Stores

Dealership Showroom

Car buying is no easy task. During the tedious process of researching your potential dream car, you need to decide between two options most of the times. You have the option to seek either in-person outlets – like a car dealership – or an online outlet like an automotive database. However, there exists a heavy list of pros and cons to both options while you make such a major financial decision.

Without prior automotive expertise, it’s necessary to utilize outside resources in order to make the best capitally sound decision that meets all your individual needs. That being said, there is no all-around perfect option available when it comes to weighing between what resources to refer to during your search. There are drawbacks to showrooms and dealerships, but there are also drawbacks to using an online autobase.

Below is an in-depth analysis on what you must weigh between your two options:

Showroom/ Dealer’s Lot


Showrooms and dealer’s lots ensure a variety of benefits in the sense that you can have a physically in-person review of your options with automotive sales assistance readily available. You also have a decently wide variety of makes and models that, should the facility hold used cars, allows room for price negotiation.

The downside to showrooms and used car dealerships, however, is that car dealers have an agenda that does not always complement customers’ requirements; ultimately, a dealer’s primary focus is to make money. Not only are dealers likely to influence a customer into buying a car way above his original price point, but they are also very likely to conceal a car’s defects to be able to sell it at a higher value.

Oftentimes automotive inadequacies are not physically visible outside the hood or underside of a car, so a buyer would be completely oblivious to money going down the train in the near future due to their car requiring frequent and superfluously pricey repair.

Online Automotive Database

Online Automotive Database

Many buyers prefer to have hands-on time with a vehicle before making a final decision, and although pictures can give a buyer a general idea of the car’s physical features, they are not sufficient. No test drive can be made; the buyer cannot be in the driver’s seat of the car, smell the seat upholstery or give the tires a kick before making a final decision. This physical barrier with online car sales also reads true with price negotiations, as no haggling can be done with an in-person dealer.

Online car dealerships make up for the inadequacies local dealerships present in regards to a limited pool of options that are being further narrowed by a tight budget. Online car sales allow a buyer to review the makes and models of cars from all over the world, providing a buyer access to an immense pool of vehicles to choose from. Online dealerships also work around the clock; doors never close online, they are available any time of day, anytime of week, month, or year, 24/7.

Cars.com is one such reliable, thorough and accurate resource that provides you accurate information on the pros and cons of your potential options, allows users the option to decide between detailed side-by-side comparisons, and provides multiple outlets for car buying advice depending on your individual needs, and can refer you to local dealerships that sell your dream car.

Online car dealerships, thus, ensure a buyer will not succumb to the pressure of sales tactics that often coerce customers into making a purchase that does not meet their specific needs.

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