To say that technology has changed everything is an understatement. With the help of the internet, nearly everything can be found and purchased from the comfort of your own home. Cars are no exception. Today customers visit dealership showrooms less frequently than they did in the past. In the past buyers would visit the dealership multiple times, and they would likely visit multiple dealerships around town.

The Detroit Free Press found that now “customers are visiting fewer dealers with the average now at 1.6 visits to physical showrooms, versus five a decade ago” (LeBeau). Instead, buyers conduct their research online and have a better idea of what they want when they visit the dealership. If you are thinking about buying a car online, you will find the below information useful.

eBay Motors

eBay is one of the most popular online shopping websites, so it’s not surprising that the company has a site that exclusively focuses on vehicles and auto parts. Every buyer who uses eBay’s services is protected by the Vehicle Purchase Protection. This program protects you from nearly every form of fraud so that you can shop securely. However, the program doesn’t protect you from everything. For example, the program won’t protect you from disclosures you failed to notice. When buying anything online remember that you’re the one who is responsible for doing thorough research.


AutoTempest collects the vehicle listings from various sites like eBay, Craigslist, and AutoTrader. The site has existed since 2008, and it claims that it has more online listings than any other site. On the site, you’ll find numerous handy guides. For example, they have guides on how you can avoid purchasing a lemon and how to ship your car. Buyers like AutoTempest so much because the site makes it easy to search multiple regions on Craigslist. The fact that it also utilizes so many other sites makes it even better.

Local Dealership

Today every local dealership has a website where you can look at the cars that are available. Dealerships also have knowledgeable staff who can help you with your research, so don’t be afraid to reach out with your questions. Many dealerships employ staff who specifically assist customers with their online car search. If the dealership doesn’t list the car you want, it doesn’t hurt to ask whether they can still get it for you. The best dealerships have a network of sellers that they can use to find your dream car.

Don’t be afraid to buy a car online. As long as you do your research, avoid any blatant scams, and purchase from a reputable buyer, you should have nothing to worry about. Every year the process becomes easier and more useful.