The COVID-19 outbreak has put a damper on car sales, with many buyers unwilling to bear the risks that come with venturing out to an auto dealership. Some dealers are offering service that goes above and beyond in an attempt to meet the needs of those who are worried about visiting public spaces.
- Some car dealerships have begun offering house calls to cater to those who would rather not visit a retail auto facility due to COVID-19 fears.
- Typically, these programs allow you to complete your vehicle purchase remotely, without ever setting foot in the dealership.
- These home-delivery programs may also give you the opportunity to test drive, trade in and service your vehicle without leaving your residence.
Home-delivery programs allow you to make your vehicle purchase online, from the comfort of your residence. (Photo: Retha Ferguson/Pexels)
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new hybrid or electric car (EV), this may be an ideal moment. From a purely financial perspective, this is a great time to buy a car. Interest rates are exceptionally low, and this makes auto loans more affordable. Many people are staying at home due to COVID-19 concerns, and this has hurt auto sales. Dealers are eager to attract buyers to their lots; to accomplish this, they’ve begun offering superb deals that can save you a lot of money on your next hybrid or EV.
Unfortunately for those selling cars, even the best deals in the world won’t get some people to leave the safety of their home and expose themselves to COVID-19 by visiting an auto dealership. The Los Angeles Times reports that some dealers are addressing this issue head-on by offering service that allows you to complete all aspects of your car purchase from home. In Minnesota, one car dealership has rolled out a program that allows you to buy, lease or service a vehicle without leaving your residence.
WHY THIS MATTERS
According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), 1.8 million vehicle leases are due to expire across the U.S. between March and July of this year. Many people rely on their personal cars to get groceries and other essential items during these unusual times. Home-delivery programs make it possible for you to purchase, lease or maintain a vehicle without congregating in a public place.