The COVID-19 coronavirus by now has infiltrated all aspects of everyday life, and that includes car buying. We know that buying a car is a big decision that can take months (or years) of planning and searching, but the good news is, you can comply with social distancing and stay away from gatherings of people while still finalizing your purchase of a new or used car — and you might not even have to leave home to get it.
With car dealerships falling outside the umbrella of essential services in many locales, many dealerships are closing their doors for safety reasons, but alternatives exist to your having to show up in person to seal the deal. For those considering buying a new car at this time, be sure to check out our resources on doing so and how to shop for cars online. You can get most, if not all, of the buying process done online, and even have the car delivered to your door free of charge in some cases.
Lexus and Toyota
There are a few automakers that offer this type of service nationwide. Lexus, for example, offered home deliveries for both new and used vehicles free of charge before the coronavirus, and that continues. Representatives from Lexus’ parent company Toyota also indicated to Cars.com that it will deliver cars, and that certain dealerships from both brands can visit a home or office to perform services such as oil changes and tire rotations, as well.
GM also offers an online service for its brands, from which you can find participating dealerships in your area, negotiate and secure financing online, and then have the car delivered.
Hyundai-owned luxury brand Genesis still offers its service valet program for owners of Genesis vehicles, under which someone will pick your car up if it needs service. The company previously piloted a home delivery service, as well. Genesis representatives have indicated to us that a home delivery solution is in the works at this very moment, so keep an eye out for a related announcement.
On the used-car side, CarMax offers a comprehensive at-home solution that includes securing financing, a test drive at home and a “delivery van” that allows you to do the final paperwork on the spot — as well as a seven-day policy under which you can change your mind and return the vehicle. Carvana offers a similar service.
Can’t Hurt to Ask
Our best advice, however, is simply to ask. Many dealerships will work with you if you want to do a test drive or buy a car and have it delivered to your home, even if there isn’t a formal policy for the brand as a whole. Cars.com is making it easier to find dealers who offer home delivery, too: A badge on a car listing will alert shoppers of the service. And if you’re trying to minimize the risk posed by face-to-face interactions, keep your distance while exchanging paperwork, bring your own pen and wipe the car down after it’s delivered.
While you might miss out on the traditional handshake to seal the deal, it’s still very possible to buy a new or used car even in these trying times. We hope everyone out there is staying safe (and washing their hands).
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