If you've shopped for a car recently, chances are, you've wondered if there's a way to bypass the traditional car dealership. Some car manufacturers are making it easy to avoid the high-pressure sales tactics of a showroom floor, in the hopes of attracting new customers, while other services tout the ease and convenience of shopping for a car the same way you'd shop for dog food — online.
We're not talking about buying from a conglomerate site like eBay Motors, which is mostly individuals selling cars the same way they sell anything else on eBay. We mean using the internet to shop for — and buy — a car and how that's different from the traditional dealership experience. But how can you feel OK buying a car you haven't test-driven? What about buying a car sight unseen? Is it risky? We've got all the answers — and some great tips for buying a car on the internet. Some will apply whether you're buying from an online car vendor, like Carvana or Vroom, or using the online services of a regular car dealership or service like CarMax.