Buying a vehicle can be exciting, though all the steps between finding your dream car on the lot and getting it home in your driveway can often be complex, time-consuming, and stressful. Plus, add on today’s supply chain disruptions, and finding the perfect vehicle at the right price at a dealership near your home is becoming more and more challenging. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the shipping option available to you when buying a car from a dealership.
Arranging at-home delivery
Many people are unaware that when buying a car from the dealership, there is often a home delivery option available–you just need to request it. It would be best to arrange for the shipment before you make the purchase, that way you know the dates and times you’d prefer will be available.
What’s the price?
Depending on how many miles the car will need to travel to be delivered to your home, the price could adjust accordingly. If the dealership is nearby and you’re simply unable to make it to their property in a timely fashion to score a good deal on a vehicle, it will likely be complementary to your purchase. On the other hand, for highway travel or shipments of longer distances, there may be a nominal fee to get it done, which many find fair and reasonable for the time they are saving.
What’s the process?
If you’ve arranged for home delivery with the salesperson, they will drive the car personally to your home, followed by an assistant who will bring them back to the dealership afterward. They will have all the sales documents with them, and you should make sure to verify the make, year, model, and mileage of the car before signing any paperwork and officially making the purchase.
Usually, arranging for home delivery of your vehicle from the dealership is possible even if you’re trading in a car or financing the purchase. If you are trading in your current vehicle, the salesman will likely do an inspection of the car at your home before the deal is complete.
Either way, make sure to organize these details ahead of time, with many dealerships today offering credit applications online through their website, or you can send in your relevant documents via email.
In sum, home delivery of a vehicle purchased from a dealership can be a time and cost-effective way for someone to buy a car, especially in today’s market. Even still, it is important to remember that not all dealerships will have this as an option, but you should always ask to see if it’s available.
Bailey Schramm is a writer in partnership with fence and event rental supplier, Viking Fence.