Buying Cars Online Or Offline: Which Is Better And More Trustworthy In Nigeria?

A cross section of imported used vehicles at Berger Automobile Market in Lagos

So, you’re thinking of buying a car and you don’t know what brand you want yet. You’re then thinking of visiting a car dealership to choose a car you find and like. You feel this is a better option as opposed to buying the car online because you will get to see the car and be sure if what you’re purchasing. You don’t want to run into scams on buying cars online. This is the traditional car purchasing method most people are familiar with. It is slow but there’s comfort in familiarity, they say. 

However, your crazy tight work schedule is keeping you busy and without much spare time to go car shopping. Moreover, you aren’t even sure you’ll find the car you want at that particular dealership. Buying the car online suddenly becomes a more attractive option to you. But some questions start popping up. Can I trust an online car dealership? Will they deliver good cars to me? Can I find a used car for sale online?

If you find yourself in this situation, being faced with the option of buying either online or offline,

here’s something for you. Which is better? Which is more trustworthy? Buying cars offline or

online. 

Advantages of buying cars offline

The familiarity in human-human interaction

For a lot of people, chatting and negotiating with humans beats interacting with computers by far.

When you visit a car dealership, you can interact and haggle prices with the car sales representative. Especially if you know that your negotiating skills are top notch. You know that you would most likely get a price that would suit your pocket.

However, if you were to buy on the internet, there’s simply no way to haggle price. Even if you decide to be smart and try to chat with an online car dealership customer care representative, there isn’t much they can do for you. The car dealership fixes a price; you either buy it or leave it.

……You can only test-drive a car you can get into

When you visit a car dealership, you would find different car brands and models. Although, a lot of online reviews might have said sweet things about a particular car, it still doesn’t mean that that car is perfect for you. You can only know for sure when you test the car yourself. Only then you say, “Yo! That’s my car!” or “Nah, this isn’t for me.”

However, if you can test-drive a car over the internet, you might as well ignore this point and move.  You’re covered. 

Advantages of buying cars online

Time! No time!

Really, not everyone has the time to visit dealerships to shop for cars. Especially when you know that you can find any car you want from wherever you are. Purchasing a car online saves you a lot of time.

On the other hand, visiting a traditional car dealership takes a lot of time. And that’s assuming you are not going to haggle prices. Even if you had a particular car brand and model in mind, you would still have to go through filling some documentation.

. Things generally cost less online

Here’s the thing. Online dealerships know that they have limited time to convince you to buy from them as there are many other websites for buying cars online. They know all it takes to be at another online dealership is just a few scrolls down Google search results. As a result, they give you the best prices they can, hoping that you buy from them once and for all.

You can find cheap used cars for sale on car selling sites.

You don’t have to physically go to another store if a store doesn’t have a car that you have. Thereby, reducing transportation costs.

……No stressful paper works

The amount of stress one would be immersed into at filling out documents when buying cars

offline is almost enough to discourage one from buying a car at all. You have to append your signature to this and that, write this, read that, fill those…

Meanwhile, all you have to do when purchasing a car online is just buy. No extra stressful documentations and all. You simply buy a car almost as easily as you would buy clothes online.

Furthermore, you can buy a new or used car online and have it delivered to you.

………You’re exposed to different dealerships

Think about it. If an online dealership doesn’t have the kind of car you want, all you have to do is

visit another dealership website. Everything that takes you to the next dealership website is a few clicks on your computer.

However, this may not be easy for the traditional purchase of vehicles. As it is, car dealerships are often quite far apart. You wouldn’t find them everywhere as you would find KFC or Mr. Biggs.

As a result, if your car dealership doesn’t have what you want, you’ve got a long way to go to reach others.

 So, which is better? Online or Offline

After mentioning some of the advantages of one over the other, and after some thoughtful consideration, I have arrived at the decision of a better option. Online or online. Which is better and more trustworthy?

And here’s my verdict (drum rolls, cymbals clang, horns blaring,) The better option is the one  that you feel more comfortable with. Trust me, that’s the simple truth.

Why?

The simple explanation is that we are all different people with various preferences. What works

for you may not necessarily work for others. You may prefer to buy a car online just as you would buy any other stuff. Your next door neighbor may think it is better for them to visit the car dealership physically and buy their car.

Whatever you decide to do, it is always good to do your homework and do some research, online or offline, about the car you want to buy before actually buying it.

 

 

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