The purchase of a used car is a complicated process. However, if you are considering buying a pre-owned vehicle during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will have to navigate a whole other array of complications. There are many businesses that are closed down or are operating with reduced staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is helpful to understand how to navigate the auto buying process. Below is a list of some helpful tips that will you during this unique car buying time.
Utilize Online Research Materials
Anytime you purchase a vehicle it is important that you do your due diligence. You want to research as much as possible any time you are making a significant purchase. However, when you are buying used Hyundai cars during a pandemic where most of the retail stores are closed or operating at limited capacity, research becomes even more important. You will likely not have as much in person access to cars and salespeople. So, you should spend time at home researching the different models of Hyundai cars that are available. There are myriad sources available online to use. You can read online car magazines that rate the models, you can also view safety ratings of the different models and years on safety testing websites. Finally, there are thousands of helpful videos online that will give you an in-depth and close up view of the car from the comfort and safety of your home.
Contact Local Hyundai Dealers to Inquire About Test Drives
Once you have decided on the model of Hyundai that you are interested in buying, it's time to start contacting local Hyundai dealers. You will want to inquire as to which ones are open. Many dealers might not be open at this current time. Next, you need to confirm how they are handling test drives. Certain dealers are allowing limited contact test drives, while others will have more relaxed guidelines and allow for you to take a test drive along with the salesperson.
It is important that you inquire beforehand so that you know what to expect when you arrive at a dealer. In most cases, you will have to call ahead to pre-arrange for a vehicle to be ready. The dealership will have to sanitize the car before and after you test drive it, so it is helpful to have the VIN and stock numbers on a spreadsheet and email them over to the sales team. This way, when you arrive at the location, your car is ready to go and you will not have to wait around.