Buying a car through COVID - precautions
We’ve been hearing a lot from customers asking us whether it’s a good time to buy right now, what with COVID-19 still rearing its ugly head here and there in states all over the country. And there are some really solid reasons why it’s a sensational time to throw your hat in the ring and get into the market - which we’ll explain in this article.
But before we get into that, let’s discuss a few ways to ensure you’re staying safe throughout the process.
There are some things you can do when you’re in the market for a new car while COVID is still around to help safeguard yourself from any potential contact to the virus, such as:
Requesting video inspections
Chat with the dealership and ask them if it’s possible for them to take you through all of the car’s features via video call. The main drawbacks to this, though, are that you’re unable to physically get into the car yourself to make sure it’s nice and comfortable and practical, and that you’re not able to take it for a decent test drive.
As such, if you do end up inspecting through video, make sure it’s just the initial inspection and you do eventually end up going in there in person if you’re keen.
Asking about sanitation
When you’re talking to the salesperson, inquire about their steps to sanitise the vehicles throughout the day so if and when you do go in, you can feel confident all the surfaces have been wiped down properly and you can focus on inspecting the car and driving it without worry.
Requesting home test-drive/inspection
It’s no secret that many businesses have had to make adaptations and evolve in certain ways to keep up with everything that’s happened. One such way many dealerships have done so is by offering prospective buyers the opportunity to test drive and view the car they’re thinking of buying at their home. There’s no harm in asking the dealership if they offer this service!
Why it’s a great time to buy a car
So now we’ve covered all that, let’s get into why it might just be the best time to get yourself a new car!
Low interest rates
Current interest rates across the board are some of the lowest we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s no different for car loans and finance. So buying a new car now with finance or a loan means lower monthly repayments and a lower overall amount of interest to be paid on the amount.
When we were right in the thick of COVID, new car sales figures were really quite bad. And while we’re seeing somewhat of an uptick of these figures, it’s still taking time to fully recover from everything. That means you might be able to pick up the car you’re after for a very reasonable price if you play your cards right!
Buy your new car through carconnect and skip the hassle
If you’d prefer to make the entire process of buying your next car as stress-free and smooth as humanly possible, you’ve come to the right place. At carconnect, we take all the hassle out of buying a car and will help you find and buy your next car - while pocketing some big savings.
All you have to do is search for the make and model you want, then provide us with a few details. Then you can sit back and relax while we get busy tendering out to our huge Australia-wide dealer network. And just like that, dealers put in their bids and you get to choose the one you’re happiest with. Once you’ve sorted out payment, sit tight and wait for your brand new car to be delivered to your door, or arrange for our click & collect service (no, not at Coles, at the dealer!).
Got a trade-in and are keen to get the best price for it? We can help with that, too!
Plus, our friends at Stratton Finance can work with you to determine your car financing needs and tap into their epic pool of lenders to find you an awesome deal. Get a free online quote with them here.
None of the information in the above article should be considered personal or financial advice. You should seek advice from a professional such as your accountant who has an understanding of your personal situation prior to taking on financial products.