How to buy a car online


The Internet offers you the possibility of accessing a wide market for buying and selling cars. Without leaving home and in a few minutes, you will be able to know all the details of the car, see images, read the comments of the sellers and compare the products that most interest you. However, you have to know how to filter the information well and know the necessary procedures for the operation to be successful. 

How to buy a car online

Steps to follow:

In the portals specialized in the sale of cars on the Internet you will be able to access a wide range of automobiles, but do not rule out visiting general online sales sites either, since you can find interesting products. In addition to buying, you can also sell your car online.

The ideal ad to buy a car online is the one that has a good number of images and that these are of quality, as well as a complete text written by the seller, that is, not a mere technical sheet. Including a contact telephone number and not just an email also gives more confidence.

Once you have chosen the model you want, contact the seller, better by phone. This will allow you to have a more personal treatment and to know something more about the person from whom you will buy the car through their nuances of voice.

Arrange a personal visit to check the car. If you have an acquaintance who masters mechanical issues, go to him so that he can assess with more arguments if it is worth buying this car online.

Do not make a decision on the first visit and ask all the questions, even though you may seem heavy. A cheap car bought online can become the worst investment if you have to take it to the mechanic every few minutes.

When you make the decision to buy the car online, you have to sign a sales contract with the seller. You must keep at least one copy of this document, as well as another of the seller’s DNI.

You must also get all the documentation of the car purchased online:

  • ITV card.
  • Circulation permit.
  • Municipal tax receipt.

With these documents and proof of having paid the Property Transfer Tax, which varies according to the Autonomous Region, you must go to the Headquarters of the General Directorate of Traffic to transfer the car. From then on, all responsibility for the car rests with you.

If you hire an agency, you will not have to deal with all these procedures, but buying the car online will be more expensive.


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